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Scientists Have Developed Exhaled Breath Drug Test

exhaled breath drug testEver since workplaces started requiring workers to take drug tests, those opposed to them have consistently labeled the practice as an invasion of privacy, as employees are being asked to submit urine samples for the tests or face consequences. However, a recent scientific development might put a stop to all that, as scientists have reported developing a drug test that doesn’t require urine samples. All it needs to determine drug use or abuse is a person’s exhaled breath.

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Understanding the Effects of Cocaine

effects of cocaine useThere was a time when cocaine was the most fashionable illicit drug in the world. Classified as a stimulant, it was the drug of choice for many addicts, particularly those who can afford it as it tended to be more expensive than other illegal drugs. It had its heyday in the 1980s and 1990s, but the advent of cheaper illegal substances gave cocaine stiff competition.

While it may no longer be the top drug of choice these days, cocaine remains just as potent as ever. Its effects on its users remain the same: fast-acting and totally dangerous.

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Can Long Work Hours Trigger Alcohol Use Among Employees?

long work hoursIn a world as highly competitive as the one we live in today, working more hours than usual has become the norm. For many employees, 12-hour days are typical. The hours become even longer when there are deadlines to beat or presentations to polish. It has become common for workers with families to come home to a house where everyone is already asleep by the time they get there, and everything just seems all right.

While there is nothing wrong with long work hours per se, no one can deny that working long hours brings with it a lot of stress. All that stress may take its toll on the worker sooner or later. In some cases, the stress due to long hours could trigger excessive alcohol intake among workers. At least that’s what a recent study published in the BMJ is saying.

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The Truth About Prescription Drug Abuse

prescription drugMany people might think that prescription drug abuse isn’t that bad, compared to illegal drug abuse, such as cocaine, heroin, or ice. The truth, however, is far scarier. An article for The Daily Reporter reveals how alarming prescription drug abuse statistics in the United States have become.

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How Drug Testing in the Workplace and Recruitment Policy Weeds Out Great Candidates

job recruitmentMany organisations are now implementing drug testing during the recruitment process, which, as far as we’re concerned, is the best way to make sure that employers won’t be hiring regular users of illicit drugs. An article by Bourree Lam for The Atlantic, however, raises a valid point about drug testing during recruitment weeding out great candidates as well.

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Alcohol and the Workplace: What are the Effects?

alcohol and the workplaceBelieve it or not, many experts agree that the most dangerous drug in the world is not ice, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, or any other substance that many countries deem illegal. The world’s most dangerous drug is alcohol, a very legal and widely available substance. A number of studies have already reached this conclusion, and very few people would be disputing it.

Whenever alcohol is entered into any situation, the result is almost always a mess. Alcohol, after all, is a powerful behaviour modifier, turning the meekest of people into aggressive and uninhibited individuals. Can you imagine the kind of effect alcohol would have on the workplace?

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Sniffer Dogs Considered an ‘Adorable’ Form of Drug Policy

sniffer dogsTired of ineffective drug policies being implemented by governments? Frustrating these policies may be, don’t forget that everything has a silver lining, and as far as ineffective drug policies go, those adorable sniffer dogs police use to implement drug policies can at least make you forget about how ineffective they actually are. At least that’s what a humour piece on SBS is trying to tell us.

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