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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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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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