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7 Useful Facts Regarding Drug Testing in the Workplace

drug testing in the workplaceToday, drug testing in the workplace has become commonplace in our society. Each passing day sees more and more employers starting to realise how important establishing a workplace drug policy—and a drug testing program—can be in helping keep the health and safety of every single worker in their employ.

If you’re one of those employers that have yet to create and implement a drug testing program, here are a number of interesting facts about drug testing in the workplace that could prove to be useful in preparing you for what lies ahead.

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Most Aussies Support Medical Cannabis Ahead of Parliament Vote

medical cannabisA new survey reveals that more than two-thirds of Australians support the use of medical cannabis for people suffering from chronic pain and illness, says Adam Gartrell in a report for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The survey, which was conducted by Palliative Care Australia, found that 67 per cent of the 1006 people surveyed from across the country back medical cannabis, while only nine per cent oppose it.

The results of the survey comes as the Federal Parliament deliberates and votes on a cannabis legalisation bill this month. Once the bill, which has the backing of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is approved, the production, distribution and use of medicinal cannabis will become the responsibility of the federal government.

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AU Drug Arrests and Seizures Hit Record High

drug arrests and seizuresThe Australian Crime Commission has released its annual illicit drug data report, which reveals that law enforcement has achieved a record high in the last financial year in terms of drug arrests and seizures, says Dan Harrison and Fergus Hunter in a report for The Sydney Morning Herald.

According to the ACC report, illicit drug arrests in 2013-2014 reached 112,000, which reflects a 10 per cent increase on the previous year. Illicit drug seizures, on the other hand, were pegged at 93,000, a seven per cent rise on 2012-13.

These seizures include a single 10-tonne seizure of benzaldehyde, a chemical used to make methamphetamine or ice, in Victoria, which is facing a huge problem with the drug.

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Aussies Are World’s Top Illicit Drug Users, Says Study

top illicit drug usersA report by ABC News reveals that Australians are the top illicit drug users in the world based on the findings of the world’s first comprehensive study on global addictions.

The study, which was conducted by the University of Adelaide, says that in the last 12 months, more Australians have used cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamine-type drugs than any other people on the planet. The report says 10.3 per cent of Australians smoked cannabis at least once, three per cent used ecstasy, and 2.1 per cent used amphetamine-type drugs in the same 12-month period.

When it comes to alcohol use, however, Australia falls behind the United Kingdom and the United States, with only 3.7 per cent of Australians considered to have an alcohol use disorder. According to the report, 12.1 percent of Britons and 7.8 percent of Americans are having alcohol problems.

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War Vs. Ice Epidemic Gets $800K Boost From ACT Government

The ACT governmentice epidemic00 more to the fight against the ongoing ice epidemic, bringing the funding for its campaign against the drug to $17.2 million next financial year, says Tom McIlroy in a report for The Canberra Times.

According to Health Minister Simon Corbell, the funding boost is meant to help Canberra-based non-government organisations with their drug treatment and support service work.

The Canberra Alliance for Harm Minimisation and Advocacy will get $115,000 to help launch a pilot program for naloxone overdose management. The Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drug Association ACT, meanwhile, will receive $115,000 to increase its work capacity. Six other organisations that offer similar drug treatment and support services will get the rest of the funding.

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