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With recreational cannabis scheduled to be legalized on October 17, 2018, Alco Prevention Canada, a Health Canada licensed distributor for medical devices and leading Canadian supplier of breath alcohol and drug testing products, is pleased to launch Cannabis Verdict, a new oral fluid test to detect cannabis. Cannabis Verdict is a simple to use tool designed to provide individuals with a quick and accurate method for self-evaluation and to help prevent road accidents. Cannabis Verdict also provides companies with employees in safety sensitive functions a tool for risk assessment.
Impaired driving is the leading criminal cause of death and injury in Canada. Additionally, with the legalization of recreational cannabis imminent workplace impairment as an occupational health and safety issue is of increasing concern. Cannabis Verdict allows for easy detection of recent use and creates the ability for a dialogue. The oral fluid test benefits families who wish to engage in dialogue, youth outreach counsellors working with educating youth on the dangers of regular cannabis use and to help individuals dealing with substance-related addictions.
According to Stephane Maurais, General Manager of Alco Prevention Canada, “What’s really important is what happens before and after the test. Our role is educational and preventive and we try to create a dialogue with consumers, particularly in businesses. Cannabis Verdict is the first oral fluid self-test that is very easy to use and provides immediate results. It represents a great step forward for prevention.”
Cannabis Verdict detects THC (Δ9-THC) presence in saliva and reacts positively as soon as the concentration of THC exceeds 20ng / ml of saliva. The test can detect recent cannabis use immediately following consumption in contrast to a urine test which will not detect recent cannabis use until several hours later. With a cut-off point of 20ng / ml, Cannabis Verdict is a real self-assessment tool allowing the consumer to know whether certain activities, such as driving, will be prohibited.
The Cannabis Verdict test comes with a questionnaire to educate consumers regarding cannabis use and is currently available in several drugstores (Uniprix, Familiprix) or at www.alcoprevention.com.