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Grasping How Hair Drug Testing Works

hair drug testingMany employers are now implementing drug testing programs in their respective businesses. They use a variety of methods, including hair drug testing. This method works by identifying the drug metabolites that enter the scalp’s blood vessels and are filtered by the hair. The metabolites stay in the hair as some sort of a permanent record of person’s drug use, and that’s why hair drug testing came to be one of the more common types of drug testing these days.

So what goes on during a hair drug test? Here’s a glance at the process.

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Can Employees Refuse Drug Testing?

can employees refuse drug test?Employers have the right to implement their drug policy among their employees. If that drug policy includes a drug testing program, then an employer can ask employees to undergo drug tests. The question is, can employees refuse drug testing? An article by Mary Luros for the Napa Valley Register suggests that employees can’t, not when the employer has “reasonable suspicion” that the employee is on drugs.

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The Connection Between Drug Policy and Drug Use

drug useWhat is the connection between drug policy and drug use? If an official study conducted by the UK government is to be believed, the answer is nothing.

A report by Jamie Grierson for Western Morning News says that the international comparators study conducted by the Home Office has revealed that drug policies—both tough and lenient—have little to no impact on levels of drug use.

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Taking a Harder Look at Drug Addiction and Abuse

drug addictionDrug abuse and addiction has been a problem of society for a long time now, but it’s quite surprising that many people still assume that only a certain kind of person would ever become a drug addict. There’s this antiquated perception that only people who have low morals and a weak will get hooked on drugs. The truth is, drug addiction is actually a disease, and a very complex one at that. It can affect just about anybody, regardless of age, sex and station in life.

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Detecting Synthetic Cannabis in Workplace Drug Tests Getting Harder

synthetic cannabisJust when most workplaces have started implementing drug testing programs that effectively screen users of illegal substances such as cannabis, cocaine, ice, and heroin, here comes synthetic cannabis, a drug that is proving to be quite difficult to detect by normal drug testing methods. What makes things worse is that there is an increased prevalence of synthetic cannabis use in workplaces these days, making it harder for employers to effectively implement their work health and safety programs.

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