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The MDMA Drug and Its Impact on the Australian Workplace

the MDMA drug in Australia

MDMA use is on the rise in Australia. In a shocking statement, even NSW Greens MP Cate Faehrmann recently came out about her own experience using drugs.

In her own words: “I’ve occasionally taken MDMA at dance parties and music festivals. I know journalists, tradies, lawyers, public servants, doctors, police and yes, politicians (most well into their forties), who have done the same.”

If Australians in high and respectable positions have taken MDMA — can you be sure that someone in your staff is not an MDMA user?

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What To Do If You Suspect Your Colleague Is Taking Drugs

Did you know that Australia loses an estimated $6 billion per year in productivity due to alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace?

This according to research published by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation of Australia.

If you think that this is something that you shouldn’t worry about — think again. 

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Legal cannabis in Australia – what are the workplace testing implications?

cannabis / marijuana in Australia

The Federal Greens party in Australia announced that they would push to make cannabis or marijuana legal for all people over 18 years old.

This continues a topic of conversation that has been occurring in Australia for several years. A case made more pressing given the recent legalisation of cannabis in several states in the USA, and the recent legal changes to the status of medicinal cannabis.

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Hair testing for illicit drugs in Australia

hair testingHair testing for illicit drugs is incorrectly referred to as “hair follicle testing”. As a matter of fact, only the hair shaft goes undergoes testing and not the follicle beneath the scalp.

Hair testing for drugs is rapidly becoming more frequent in Australia, primarily in:

  • Family law court or disputed child custody situations
  • Return to work or proof of abstinence programs (a requirement by a regulatory body or a court diversion program)

However, the limitations and variations between different types of testing are often poorly understood by the end user.

This guide aims to correct some myths and provide a greater understanding of the finer detail of hair testing.

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Singapore Airlines Pilot Fails Alcohol Breath Test

alcohol testing for pilotsAn intoxicated pilot is not someone you want flying your aircraft, period.

You’d be surprised to know that even the most reputable airlines with the most stringent of rules and regulations also deal with alcohol use among staff.

As reported by ABC Network Australia, a Singapore Airlines flight was barred from leaving Melbourne airport.

It was due to their pilot failing the random alcohol breath test.

A drunk pilot is a terrifying prospect for a passenger. Much more alarming for a company who has the pilot on staff.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Workplace Drug Testing

drug testing labThe practice of workplace drug testing has been in existence for many years now, but it remains a controversial issue for many businesses.

For an employer it is an obvious fact they want to know about their staff members. On the other hand, employees often claim that workplace drug testing is a violation of their right to privacy.

Using an employer’s point of view, here are the most significant pros and cons of drug testing in the workplace.

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