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Some Useful Drug Addiction Facts

drug addictionFor an employer with a workplace drug policy in place, being well-informed about drugs and drug addiction is essential. The same goes for the HR officers and the managers tasked with actually implementing that policy. They need to be familiar with the different illicit substances that employees may have access to, their effects, and most importantly, the signs of drug addiction.

Here are some useful drug addiction facts that employers and HR officers should know.

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Cocaine Use History Can Be Seen in Fingerprints, Say Scientists

cocaine useScientists from the University of Surrey have claimed they can detect cocaine use just by taking a closer look at fingerprints, says Andrew Griffin in a report for The Independent.

According to the researchers, fingerprints carry chemical indicators that come out of the breakdown of cocaine. With an analysis of fingerprints, the scientists said they could discover much more quickly if a person has recently used cocaine.

This discovery potentially makes drug testing faster and easier, as there would no longer be any need to extract any kind of fluid from a patient. It will also make the drug testing procedure more secure, as fingerprints are unique and cannot be faked the way some people do with urine or blood specimens.

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Ice Use in Australia Down, Says Government Research

ice use in AustraliaContrary to pronouncements from senior government officials about the worsening ice epidemic in Australia, leaked federal government research suggests levels of ice use in Australia has actually gone down, says Richard Baker and Nick McKenzie in a report for The Age.

The research, which was commissioned by the Department of Health, states that aside from a decline in the use and the desire to use ice, the drug’s “brand” amongst young people had also been “damaged”. The research cited 2012 statistics showing that between 2003 and 2012, there was a 23 per cent fall in ice use by regular ecstasy and psychostimulant drug users.

The findings of the research paper goes in direct conflict with the declarations of senior government officials, including Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who claimed that the ice epidemic is the worst drug problem Australia has had to face.

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Deadliest Ice and Speed in Australia Being Sold in Victoria

ice and speed in AustraliaA major intelligence report has revealed that the ice and speed being sold in Victoria are the most destructive and addictive of its kind in the whole of Australia, says Keith Moor in a report for the Herald Sun.

The Australian Crime Commission’s Illicit Drug Data Report for 2013-14 says the methylamphetamines being sold in Victoria are stronger than anywhere else in Australia, with a purity level of 80 per cent, a level reached in just the past five years from 10 per cent.

The ACC report also says ice is also getting cheaper in Victoria, which is already in the middle of a very serious ice epidemic.

In the last ten years, the number of clandestine drug laboratories nationwide have risen by 95.2 per cent, further contributing to the worsening ice epidemic in Australia.

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