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What Employers Need To Know About Workplace Drug Testing

workplace drug testingWith drug abuse in the workplace becoming a growing concern among employers, it does not come as a surprise that workplace drug testing is becoming increasingly common. After all, drug abuse can have an adverse impact on the workplace. And it is within the rights of employers to take any action they deem necessary to protect, not only the health and safety of workers, but the organisation as a whole, as well. If you’re an employer and you’re thinking about conducting work place drug testing, know that there are a number of things you need to take into consideration. Here are some of them. (more…)

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A Pill to Treat Alcoholism?

alcoholismIt has been said time and again that there is no magic pill that could completely treat addiction of any kind. Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, however, begs to disagree, as it has purportedly developed a pill specifically designed to treat alcoholism. According to a report by Lizzie Parry for The Daily Mail, the drug nalmefene is being recommended by the United Kingdom’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) for use by heavy drinkers to help curb their addiction.

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Addressing Prescription Drug Abuse in the Workplace

prescription drugsMany people die each year from overdosing on illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or crystal meth, but they are not the drugs that kill the most people annually. That dubious distinction belongs to prescription drugs, which, ironically, can be legally bought at any drugstore as long you have a legitimate prescription from a doctor. To give you an idea how big the prescription drug problem is, it is now classified by experts as an epidemic, and this epidemic is prevalent even in the workplace.

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Drug Problem In the Shearing Industry

drug problem in the shearing industryDrug use may be at the heart of the abuse sheep as they go through the hands of some workers in the shearing industry, says Lucy Barbour in a report for ABC.net.au.

Sheep punched, kicked, and thrown

This concern about drugs in the shearing industry arose after animal rights group People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released video footage, purportedly taken at 19 different shearing sheds in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia, of shearers subjecting sheep being sheared to abuse by punching, kicking, and throwing them. The shearers in the videos are believed to have been under the influence of drugs.

Nevertheless, while admitting that there is indeed a drug problem In the shearing Industry, the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia (SCAA) denies that it’s widespread.

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Identifying the Signs of Substance Abuse in the Workplace

substance abuse in the workplaceSo you have this employee who has been a rising star ever since being accepted into your company, but you can’t help but notice certain changes about him lately. You look at his work, and you can see that its quality has taken a dip. You also notice that he appears to be looking more disheveled with each passing day, as if he has thrown the idea of personal hygiene and good grooming out the window. He also almost always dozes off during meetings.

As the employer or manager of this employee, it is only proper that you feel concerned about these signs, which you suspect are that of substance abuse.

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US: Washington Man Fired After Buying Legal Marijuana

legal marijuanaA man who aimed to become the first ever resident of Washington state in the United States to buy legal marijuana instead found himself getting fired from his job after his employer saw him achieve the feat on television.

According to an article written by Taylor Wofford for Newsweek, Mike Boyer, who worked for a staffing agency called TrueBlue, camped out all night outside Spokane Green Leaf, which was about to sell legal marijuana as part of the historic event. While his efforts proved fruitful, TV cameras caught him buying the drug, which was seen by his bosses at the company, who promptly decided to terminate his employment.

Fortunately for Boyer, his employer changed their mind, as their policy about drug use only covered being under the influence at work, which Boyer was clearly not as he officially had the day off.

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