The decision to enforce in phases the drug and alcohol fitness for work amendments–specifically the compulsory drug tests–for the building and construction industry under the Building Code 2013 has been welcomed by Master Builders Australia, a major Australian building and construction industry association.Read More
A merchant seaman who asked not to be identified has claimed that a significant number of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers in Australia’s resources industry regularly cheat on their urine drug tests, reports Brendan Foster for Stuff.co.nz.Read More
How effective are workplace drug policies? Very, if a recently published study on how good Australian workplaces are at dealing with drug and alcohol use among employees is to be believed.Read More
In just three years, prescription painkiller misuse in Australia has almost doubled, says a report by Alana Schetzer for The Sydney Morning Herald.Read More
Fair Work Building and Construction (FWBC) will be giving employers in the construction industry up to February next year to comply with the amendments to the Building Code with regards to drug and alcohol requirements, says a report from OHSAlert.Read More
The Gold Coast is famed for its long sandy beaches, but if its city council would push through with the idea of opening up the sand for business, it could soon become known as well for beach bars where selling alcohol would be allowed, says a report by Emily Crane for Daily Mail Australia.Read More
The decades-old War on Drugs has successfully driven into our heads that illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin and ice are society’s worst enemy, and are therefore the most dangerous of all. What many don’t realise, however, is that there’s a group of even more dangerous drugs, and all one needs to buy them is a doctor’s prescription.
That’s right: Prescription drug abuse is more dangerous than illicit drug abuse. In Australia, the ice epidemic may be hogging the headlines, but according to the Australian Medical Association (AMA), prescription drug abuse is killing more people. In fact, says the AMA, prescription drug abuse is a national emergency already.
Why is prescription drug abuse more dangerous than illicit drug abuse? Listed below are 12 reasons, some of which may come as a complete surprise.Read More