For a long time, businesses have been allowing cigarette breaks for their employees who smoke, but the results of a US study may make them change their minds about it. An article written by Rachel Wells for The Sydney Morning Herald says the study reveals that each employee who takes cigarette breaks costs companies more than $3,000 a year.Read More
With heavy drinking considered as a cultural norm in Australia, it is very likely that you have a colleague at work who is technically an alcoholic. More often than not, however, the managers or supervisors in your workplace haven’t really done much about it, especially when the company you’re working for doesn’t have a clear drug and alcohol policy in place.
Still, it is the responsibility of employers and managers to deal with an alcoholic in the workplace, especially when that alcoholic is already starting perform poorly at work. Intervention becomes even more urgent if the employee is assigned to a safety-sensitive job.Read More
Despite having drug prohibition policies in place, the drug trade in Victoria continues to rise dramatically, and Greg Barns is labelling those policies as failed ones in an article for The Age.Read More
Afghanistan is currently experiencing alarming levels of heroin addiction among its citizens, and heroin addiction is spreading fast throughout the country, says Pamela Constable in a report for The Washington Post. (more…)Read More
Let’s state this up front: it is not easy to overcome drug use and addiction. It is, however, not impossible. Many people have successfully overcome drug use and addiction, and anyone with a drug habit can be one of them. Some people might feel their addiction to drugs is a hopeless struggle, but rehabilitation and recovery from drug use and addiction is never out of reach. As long as the person addresses the root cause of the addiction, he or she is already taking that very important first step. Add the right treatment and support from loved ones, and that person is well on his or her way towards overcoming drug use and addiction.Read More
The odds of drug misuse, which is defined as the use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescribed drugs and otherwise legal substances, creeping its way into your business are quite considerable. After all, numerous studies have shown that of all the adults classified as drug users, more than half are actually employed. If you’re an employer, this is a primary concern that should be addressed, because the effects of drug misuse at work can be downright disastrous for everyone.Read More
As part of its crackdown on drug-drivers this year, Ballarat highway patrol cars will be carrying drug tests that will weed out motorists who drive under the influence of addictive substances, according to report by David Jeans for The Courier. (more…)Read More
In a society that is gradually becoming more conscious of the impact substance abuse has on the workplace, more and more businesses are now implementing random drug testing programs on their workforce. Airplane pilots, truck drivers, train conductors, and anyone who operates heavy machinery are being made to undergo drug tests, under the premise that they hold safety-sensitive jobs. But what about our physicians?
Whether we like it or not, our health and our lives are typically in the hands of our doctors of medicine. What if that doctor who gives us our medications and performs surgery on us abuses drugs? The absolute horror this idea brings has brought forth the call for random drug tests for doctors as well.Read More