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
A 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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The 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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