Recreational Marijuana’s Legal in Canada Now: What You Need to Know

Aaron Chy, BSc, BSc Pharm/PharmD. Candidate Canadian Legalization After years of deliberation and controversy, Canadian Federal government passed the legalization of recreational cannabis on October 17, 2018. As per Canadian legislation, the goal is to standardize and regulate the production, sale, and consumption of cannabis in order to protect the health and safety of Canadian…

Performance-Enhancing Drugs Part 2: How World-class Athletes Cheat

Ty Johnston, PharmD Candidate This is part 2 of a two-part series about performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). In part 1, we talked about ways athletes get away with doping, while here we talk about commonly abused PEDs; what they are, their medical uses, how they’re abused, and the risks behind their abuse.   What is a Performance-Enhancing…

The Antidote to an Overdose: The Naloxone Kit

Seunga (Jasmine) Han, PharmD Candidate What Are Opioid Medications? Opioids are a class of medications that include codeine, morphine and hydromorphone and several others. In medical practice, opioid medications are used to treat severe or chronic pain that does not respond to weaker medications like those that are available over-the-counter. Outside of pain therapy, special opioids like…

Performance-Enhancing Drugs Part 1: How World-Class Athletes Get Away with ‘Doping’

Ty Johnston, PharmD Candidate Competitive Edge For as long as sports have been around, so has been the desire to gain a competitive edge. With huge financial incentives and relentless pressure from the sports industry, the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) has been increasing.2 In the light of Robinson Cano’s game suspension,1 part one of this two-part…