Workplace drug testing has been around for some time now, but myths continue to surround it. Some of these myths are even being peddled as fact, and some employers and employees fall for them. Here are six of the most common workplace drug testing myths.Read More
The ice epidemic in Australia is making a turn for the worse as the price of ice in Sydney falls, say Emma Partridge and Eamonn Duff in a report for the Brisbane Times.
According to police sources, ice is now being sold for as little as $6000 an ounce in regional areas, a major drop from the price of ice three years ago, when it was pegged at $10,000 and $14,000 an ounce. In towns like Newcastle, a single ‘point’ hit of ice now sells for as little as $40.
The drop in the price of ice is being blamed on the influx of chemical ingredients from China that are entering Australia legally. Ice is primarily made of pseudoephedrine, iodine and hypophosphorous acid.
Police also points to the rise of “backyard” labs and opportunists using internet recipes as another reason for the plunge in the price of ice.
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New legislation that will ban synthetic drugs is now being introduced by the Western Australian government in order to get rid of legal loopholes that allow manufacturers of these psychoactive substances to sell them without much consequence, says David Weber in a report for ABC.net.Read More
The urine drug test is the most common method of workplace drug testing. In the interest of providing employees a safe and healthy working environment, many employers use the method for its proven quickness and accuracy in detecting traces of drugs in one’s urine sample. Also known as a urine drug screen or UDS, a urine drug test can help employers and employees alike to avoid hazardous situations that could result in injuries and deaths.Read More
In an article for The Washington Post, Dr. Robert L. DuPont, a former White House Drug Czar, says that while cannabis continues to become legal in many places in the United States, employers should continue to drug test employees anyway.Read More
Today, 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.Read More