We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and personal privacy. Collection,
use, disclosure and retention of personal information is subject to, and must comply
with, the provisions of the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
(FIPPA). The purpose of this privacy notice is to describe our practices
personal information use and collection through this website. Please note that we
do not disclose, give, sell or transfer any personal information about our website
visitors unless required for law enforcement or otherwise provided for by law.
We reserve the right to update this policy at any time. Users are responsible for
reviewing this document periodically for changes.
What is personal information?
Personal information means recorded information about an identifiable individual
other than contact information and would include, but is not limited to, such things
as an individual's name, address, birth date, e-mail address, phone number, blood
type and health care history.
Name, profession and email address where you prefer to receive professional correspondence
when provided by professionals (at registration or when contacting us) is considered
What kind of information is being collected and how is it used?
Personal information from youth is not collected through this website. When a professional
registers to access this website, by completing the registration from, we may use
this contact information to verify the individual requesting access is a professional
and has a valid email address for professional correspondence (by sending an access
password to that email address). The relative proportions of different professional
groups accessing the website is tracked (aggregate data only) to inform future design
changes to the website.
If a professional sends an email message to us by completing the contact form found
on our website, we only use the professional contact information provided to us
through this website for responding to and processing your requests for information.
Contact information for professionals collected via this website will only be used
for the specific purpose for which you provided the information and will not be
made available to others for any other purpose.
The server where the DrugCocktails.ca database is stored is physically located in
Some of our web pages use "cookies" which are small amounts of information stored
by your web browser software on your work station. Cookies are designed to track
browsing history on a website for the convenience of the user. They help the website
"remember" what areas of a website a browser has accessed or used previously. Cookies
can, however, be misused, and have become a privacy concern for some because they
can be used to record and analyze an individual's broader browsing history.
It's important to know that cookies are plain text files and cannot execute files
or make copies of themselves. They do not carry or deliver viruses and cannot scan
or retrieve your personal information.
The cookies we use on this site and what we use them for are described below. This
site operates on 'implied consent', which means that by visiting and clicking through
the site, we assume you agree with this usage. If you do not agree, then you should
not use this site, or you can delete the cookies after visiting this site, or use
your browser's anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "In Private"
for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari).
More information on cookies, what they are used for and how to delete cookies after
visiting this site can be found at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/session-cookies-used-for.html
It’s important to know that cookies are plain text files and cannot execute files
or make copies of themselves. They do not carry or deliver viruses and cannot scan
or retrieve your personal information. There are two types of Cookies – Session
Session cookie information is deleted as soon as you leave the website. The use
of temporary session cookies is solely for the purpose of allowing the user to interact
with the website in an effective manner. An example of how session cookies help
is that once you have agreed to the Terms & Conditions of Use of this website, if
you choose to enter another search query, you are not asked to agree to the Terms
& Conditions of Use with each subsequent search – the session cookie keeps the information
that you have already agreed to the Terms & Conditions of Use and you don't have
to re-enter it.
The DrugCocktails.ca website uses Google Analytics with IP anonymization to analyze
site usage. This feature snips the last octet of the IP address so that it cannot
be identified as narrowly as a full IP address. For more details on this process
Social buttons let visitors share web pages. There are buttons for: Twitter and
Facebook ‘Like’ on this site. In order to connect social buttons to the relevant
external sites, there are scripts from those domains, which are outside of this
site. Those sites could be collecting information about what you are doing all around
the internet, including this site. To be certain what information those sites collect,
and how to opt out, check the respective policies of each site.
Facebook and Twitter Collection Notice
The personal information you post may be collected by a program of PHSA under sections
26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes
of engaging and consulting with the public. Please be aware that any information
collected may be stored and/or accessed outside of Canada on servers not belonging
to the government. To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please
do not include any personal information including phone numbers and email addresses
in the body of your comment. Please do not share personal information about others,
including pictures. If you have any questions about the collection of your personal
information, please contact Dean Elbe, DrugCocktails.ca project lead, 604-875-3550,
Moderation Policy for Facebook and Twitter
We welcome your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange
of ideas. We want to publish your comments, but we expect conversations to follow
the conventions of polite discourse. Therefore, we monitor comments on a daily basis
and will delete comments that:
- contain abusive, obscene, indecent or offensive language
- include defamatory, abusive, harassing or hateful remarks or make unproven or unsupported
accusations against individuals or organizations
- constitute spam, promote services or products
- invade anyone’s privacy or impersonates anyone
- are far off-topic
- encourage conduct that may or would constitute a criminal offence or give rise to
civil liability, or that otherwise violates
- any local, provincial, national or international law or regulation anywhere in the
- contain long embedded URLs
- contain excessive links or contain code
- identify any publicly-elected representative or candidate regardless of their political
affiliation, whether those comments are supportive or critical
- are contrary to the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
We don’t edit comments to remove objectionable content, so please ensure that your
comment contains none of the above. To protect your own privacy and the privacy
of others, please do not include phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the body of
If you have questions about this moderation policy or how we apply it, please contact:
Drugcocktails.ca uses Bit.ly to shorten long URLs for use in email messages, Twitter
feeds and on Facebook pages. Bit.ly collects and provides data on how often you
as an email recipient or Facebook/Twitter user, click on the shortened URLs distributed
by drugcocktails.ca. Bit.ly analytics show how many people clicked on the URLs posted
by drugcocktails.ca, compared to the total number of clicks on the shortened URLs.
Bit.ly analytics do not provide any personally identifying information (PII) about
Drugcocktails.ca Facebook pages are managed by CW employees who post news and other
items of interest to be consumed by the public. If you have a Facebook account,
you can log in to your account to post comments, and 'like' drugcoctails.ca Facebook
pages and individual entries. If once you click on a drugcocktails.ca Facebook page,
you comment or click on the 'like' button, your PII will be visible to drugcocktails.ca
staff and other Facebook site visitors. The amount of visible personal information
displayed will depend on your own Facebook privacy settings.
You can completely avoid displaying any PII by not creating a Facebook account,
not posting comments, not clicking on the 'like' options, or interacting with drugcocktails.ca
Facebook accounts in any way (i.e., private messaging, sharing posts, etc.). Drugcocktails.ca
staff do not collect, use or disclose any information about visitors who comment
or 'like' the drugcocktails.ca Facebook sites. However, as a practice, comment moderator
policy requires the removal from drugcocktails.ca Facebook pages of any comments
that contain spam or are improper, inflammatory, or offensive. The Facebook Privacy
Policy is available at
DrugCocktails.ca uses Twitter, a free messaging service offered by a third party,
as one tool in its efforts to communicate clearly, quickly and in an engaging manner
to people interested in our work. You can follow us @DrugCocktails
Twitter content delivered by DrugCocktails.ca includes (but is not limited to):
- links to news releases, presentation information, tips on use of the website, and
facts about medication-substance interactions from the DrugCocktails.ca database
- links to relevant information produced and published elsewhere (work of other organizations,
patient organizations, researchers, news organizations and others). This can include
videos, blog posts, and retweets (RTs) from other Twitter users. (See below for
our policy on RTs.)
- interesting facts, quotes or observations related to our work
Tweets we retweet (RT) do not imply endorsement on the part of BC Mental Health
& Addiction Services, BC Children’s Hospital or the Provincial Health Services Authority
(PHSA). We may retweet news, links and personal observations we believe are relevant
to the work we do. Importantly, our decision to RT should not be taken as explicit
endorsement of any position or argument that may vary from the BC Mental Health
& Addiction Services or PHSA current official position, nor should it be taken as
an indication of a possible shift in the current official position.
Our decision to follow a particular Twitter user does not imply endorsement of any
kind. We follow accounts on Twitter we believe are relevant to our work. This could
include following the Twitter accounts of companies and other commercial enterprises
(and/or their employees) who comment on substance abuse and harm reduction related
We commit to updating and monitoring our Twitter account during regular office hours:
0900 – 1630h, Pacific Time. However, like many Twitter users, we may monitor and
respond at other times of the day. We accept no responsibility for lack of service
due to Twitter downtime.
@Replies and Direct Messages
We will read all @replies and Direct Messages sent to us and, when possible, will
respond to them.
Information sent over the Internet is not secure. This means that if the visitor
uses the Contact Us page, or other e-mail address published on this site, to send
an e-mail, the information provided may be intercepted as it travels to our website.
We will not be responsible for any damages suffered by individuals as a result of
the transmission and information that is sent to us or for any errors or changes
made to transmitted information.
Warning re: use of personal email accounts as business contact
All Users are cautioned against entering any personal e-mail addresses, postal addresses
or telephone numbers on this website, and are encouraged to only enter business
contact information. In particular, Users need to be aware that when personal e-mail
addresses linked to U.S.-based e-mail providers (e.g., gmail.com, hotmail.com or
yahoo.com accounts) are entered into the website, it may result in data transmitted
via such e-mail accounts being retained on servers in the United States of America.
If you have any questions regarding the collection or use or your information or
the content of this policy, you may direct those inquiries to:
DrugCocktails.ca Project Coordinator
Mental Health Building, BC Children’s Hospital
4500 Oak Street
This PHSA web site contains links to other websites. PHSA is not responsible for
the privacy practices of these websites or the accuracy or reliability of any content
found on such sites.
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