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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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5 Workplace Drug Testing Myths

workplace drug testingWorkplace 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.

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Price of Ice in Sydney Plunges

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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Urine Drug Test Basics

urine drug testThe 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.

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