Driving and Personal Electronic Use

Under section 214 of the British Columbian Motor Vehicle Act, it is illegal to use any hand-held device while operating a vehicle. This legislation was introduced in 2010 to promote safe driving and reduce injuries related to distracted drivers. Hand-held devices include cell phones and personal digital assistant (PDA) devices. Other electronic devices such as … Read more

Marijuana and Driving

Marijuana (also known as cannabis) is a widely used drug, particularly among young people. Marijuana use among Canadian youth has steadily increased to approximately 30% of those in grades 7 to 12 and 47% of 18 to 19 year olds. There is a growing concern about the effect of marijuana on road safety as marijuana … Read more

Drinking and Driving

Alcohol and other substances impact a driver’s ability to make accurate judgments. It can slow reflexes, making accidents much more likely. In 2004, alcohol was a contributing factor in 23% of all police-reported motor vehicle fatal collisions. In just one year in British Columbia, 93 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions and approximately 3,200 people … Read more

Binge Drinking

Binge drinking has increased over the last decade, especially with youth between the ages of 15 to 25. A 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey found that almost 21 per cent of Canadians 12 years of age and older binged on alcohol 12 or more times a year. Binge drinking is most common with university and … Read more

Energy Drinks

Energy drinks provide physical and mental stimulation for short periods of time. Popular energy drinks in Canada include Monster, RedBull, Rockstar, FullThrottle, Hype, and Red Dragon. These brands and others can be found nearly anywhere beverages are sold.


Similar to morphine, fentanyl is a synthetic opiate used to treat patients with extreme chronic pain. Sometimes it is used for patients coming out of surgery. Street names for fentanyl include TNT, China girl, Goodfella, Murder 8, and Tango and Cash. Fentanyl is usually used when no other pain medicines work as it is extremely … Read more


Ketamine is most often used legally as an anesthetic by veterinarians and doctors. Recent research suggests that ketamine may also be useful in treating alcoholism, heroin addiction, migraines, and depression. Ketamine is a highly addictive drug that results in a psychological state of separation between the self and reality. Its effects include out of body … Read more