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AU Government Intensifies Campaign vs. Ice Epidemic

It’s absolutely disturbing how a drug known as “ice” has been gaining a foothold in Australia. Some people even go as far as labelling the growing demand for and use of the drug also known as crystal meth as an “epidemic”. More and more people are getting hooked on the drug, and it’s becoming worse because even children are already becoming addicted to the synthetic chemical that is classified as a stimulant.

Thankfully, the Abbott government is now conducting an intensified campaign against the ice epidemic.

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How to Keep Your Workplace Drug Safe

drug-safe-workplaceThere was a time when drug abuse was a poor man’s affliction or a rich nation’s problem. Today, drug abuse has infiltrated practically all sectors of society, including the workplace. With the rising incidences of drug abuse in the workplace, it’s in the best interest of employers to address this issue. The cost of substance abuse in the workplace can be too heavy to bear, as businesses lose billions of dollars, not only due to healthcare costs brought about by drug abuse, but also due to reduced productivity.

If you’re an employer, it is your responsibility to keep your workplace drug safe, and here are some ways you can do just that.

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Is Your Workplace Toxic?

toxic workplaceStress will always be present in any workplace. The long hours, the deadlines, the differences in opinion—all of them are natural contributors to a worker’s stress levels, and they are in workplaces to stay, whether you like it or not. Some workplaces, however, are far too stressful that workers end up extremely stressed-out, cynical, and depressed. Some even resort to drugs to numb themselves. Workplaces that drive some of its workers to these places are, without a doubt, toxic ones.

Is your workplace toxic? Here are some signs that it is.

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Virginian Nurses Steal Drugs from Patients

nurse stealing drugsDispensing medication to patients is an integral part of a nurse’s job. Stealing it from them for personal use, however, is not. Unfortunately, none of the nurses from the state of Virginia featured in an investigative report conducted by The News Leader seem to have gotten that memo, as these nurses steal drugs from patients who actually needed them.

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Police to Double Roadside Drug Testing Conducted in Victoria

roadside drug testMotorists in Victoria can expect more roadside drug testing in the state this year, as police vow to double their testing efforts in light of the increased road toll in Victoria in 2014, says an ABC news article.

Last year, 248 people were killed on Victorian roads, according to police. That is five more than in 2013, and it marks the first time in eight years that the death toll increased. (more…)

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The First Step to Get Rid of Your Drinking Problem

how to quit alcohol drinkingLet’s face it: getting rid of your drinking problem is easier said than done. After all, your drinking problem is actually an addiction, and addictions don’t go away easily. Quitting alcohol also seems to be harder for those who smoke too. This is actually what a recent study is saying, that to quit drinking, one must quit smoking first.

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Are Prescribed Medications a Workplace Hazard?

prescription medicationWhen we talk about drugs that are a workplace hazard, people often think of the usual suspects like marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ice, among others. What many don’t realise is that prescribed medications can pose such a health and safety risk in the workplace too. Employers with workplace drug policies in place also need to realise that prescription medication use or abuse in the workplace can be the toughest drug problem they will have to face.

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