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[Cansford says] Norway's drug policies

Posted by John Wicks on May 23, 2018

Norway has made a bold change to its drug policy. The Scandinavian country, voted the happiest in the world in 2017, has recently decided to make its drug policies a public health - rather than a criminal - matter.

Following a letter to Norway's health minister Bent Høie, policymakers and stakeholders from several countries outlined ways in which to make the policy reform successful, designing a template for other countries to follow.

Many leading experts support Norway’s decision, which has followed in the footsteps of Portugal – the first country to decriminalise drug use back in 2001. Countries such as Ireland and France are also now moving towards decriminalisation. The UK however, is not.

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5 reasons why the Motherisk scandal shouldn’t happen again

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Dec 6, 2017

In the interconnected scientific community, the reverberations of what happens in one corner of the globe can be felt all across it, especially when these reverberations have profound implications on people's lives.

A recent example is the Motherisk scandal in Canada. We were shocked and saddened, when we first heard of the case last year, and now that more information has come to light we decided to study it to understand how and why it happened.

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Which substances can hair testing detect?

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 20, 2017

Which substances can hair testing detect? The short answer is: almost anything. The longer answer is - as always - somewhat more nuanced. While it is true that any ingested substance that makes its way into the bloodstream will be subsequently detectable on hair fibres, this casts a very wide net indeed - and it’s getting wider all the time.  

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How to choose the right drug and alcohol test

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jun 7, 2016

Drug and alcohol tests come in various forms including blood, urine, oral fluid and hair tests. Each of these tests have their own specific properties, ranging from the ease or difficulty of sampling to the window of detection they assess. 

The trouble is that it’s often quite difficult to know which test is the most appropriate for your particular case. This can be particularly frustrating when you’re trying to find the most cost-effective and efficient testing method. 

We’ve outlined some of the different properties of drug and alcohol testing methods and how each method may be better suited for certain situations, helping you to get a better understanding of which method is best suited for your needs. 

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