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How to Deal with an Alcoholic Workmate

alcoholic colleagueWith 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.

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How to Overcome Drug Use and Addiction

overcoming drug addictionLet’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.

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The Effects of Drug Misuse at Work

drug misuse at workThe 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.

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Why Physicians Should Take Random Drug Tests

drug tests on physiciansIn 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.

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