A new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy suggests that abusing prescription drugs, particularly opioids, could send a person well on the way towards injecting heroin and other injectable illicit drugs.Read More
There is no question that drugs and alcohol in the workplace can have a negative impact on the operation of the business. Employers should never ignore this. However, sometimes, some employers do because implementing drug policies in the workplace can prove to be a tricky one. Nevertheless, employers who truly care about the health and safety of their workers should use various substance abuse strategies available to them.
To help these employers get started, here are a few tips that they can use to properly address drug and alcohol issues in the workplace.Read More
The US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is currently funding a project that is working on an early warning system that will monitor illicit drug use through a social media tool.Read More
It appears that drugs played a role in the crash of a train in New Zealand a couple of months ago. According to an article in Stuff.co.nz, the man driving the train had smoked cannabis prior to the crash.Read More
In a move meant to improve workplace safety in NSW, 12 new codes were implemented on July 18 as part of the national harmonised laws on work. health, and safety that the NSW adopted in 2012.
The 12 new Codes of Practice are meant to replace a number of existing codes that were being implemented under past occupational health and safety legislation. According to Peter Dunphy, Acting General Manager of WorkCover’s Work Health and Safety Division, the new codes are all about creating much safer workplaces in NSW. (more…)Read More
A study conducted by American researchers has found a link between alcohol abuse and a decreased ‘work trajectory’.
According to an article in the University Herald, the study, which was published in the July issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, discovered that employees working with alcohol use disorders are more likely to have a work trajectory that is either flat or on a downward course. (more…)Read More
A drug and alcohol survey conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare last year reveals that smoking and drinking rates in Australia have declined, but illicit drug use in the country has gone up. (more…)Read More
A joint campaign conducted by Australian and New Zealand police, road, transport, and safety agencies to apprehend erring drivers in the heavy vehicle industry has netted hundreds of truck drivers — many of them found to be impaired or were tested positive for drug driving. (more…)Read More