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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Choosing a Workplace Breathalyser

choosing workplace breathalyser for drink driversThe problem of drunk driving is increasingly becoming worse, as the streets of Australia continue to be traversed by alcohol-impaired drivers. In NSW alone, about 20 per cent of fatal accidents include drunk driving as a factor. Such tragedies could have been avoided if the drivers involved actually had to undergo a breath test before getting behind the wheel.


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Dreams and Effect of Magic Mushrooms on Brain Similar, Study Says

effect of magic mushrooms similar to dreamsA new study has discovered that the pattern of activity in the brain during dreams and during a drug trip involving magic mushrooms are similar.

Volunteers injected with psilocybin

According to a report by Business Insider Australia, the study, which was published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, reached this conclusion after analysing data from the brain scans of volunteers who consented to be injected with psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms responsible for their psychedelic effects.

The researchers observed more pronounced activity after injecting psilocybin in the more primitive brain network linked to emotional thinking. What makes a psilocybin trip similar to dreaming, however, is when they noticed activity at the same time in the hippocampus and anterior cingulate cortex, a pattern usually associated with dreaming.

This clearly shows how dangerous such drugs are at the workplace, and Drug-Safe induction programs will tell you the same thing. Imagine a co-worker who uses magic mushrooms—and is therefore in a dreamlike state—drive a vehicle or operate machinery at work. That co-worker poses a danger not only to himself, but to other co-workers as well, and that is one of the primary reasons nobody wants a co-worker who is in a dreamlike state.

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The Benefits of Workplace Drug Testing

workplace drug testingFor all intents and purposes, workplace drug testing should always be a positive process. However, for one reason or another, many workers and even employers themselves focus only on the negative connotations of workplace drug testing.

By negative connotations, we’re referring to the “get tested or else” or “test negative or be punished” approach that many companies unfortunately use when implementing workplace drug testing. In many cases, workplace drug testing becomes some sort of a witch-hunt, with the end goal of “weeding out” drug users within the ranks. Perhaps giving more emphasis on the real benefits of workplace drug testing would help make everyone involved see the process in a more positive light than this one.


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Driver Legally Suspended Even After One-off Drug Use

ecstasy drug usePeople might think that one-off drug use doesn’t have consequences, but a NSW bus driver just learned the hard way that indeed, drug use has consequences, even if it was just a one-time incident.

A decision released by the Civil and Administrative Tribunal rejected the contention of the bus driver in question that her peremptory suspension is not proper, saying the suspension is legal because she did not give evidence that would counter the safety concerns aired by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Transport for NSW. (more…)

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UN Report: Australia Tops In Drug Use Worldwide

Australia tops in drug use worldwideThe United Nations has released its 2014 World Drug Report, and Australia has emerged with the not-so envious distinction of having a higher proportion of drug users than any other country in the world.

No. 1 in Ecstasy use

9NewsNational reports that the UN report pegged Australians as the top users of ecstasy in the world. The country also came in second, third, fourth, and seventh for opioid, methamphetamine, cocaine, and cannabis use, respectively. Worse, the report says drug use in all categories is bound to increase, as there is “a wide range of drug analogues and new psychoactive substances currently available in the Australian illicit drug market.”

This is a major cause for concern, considering the likelihood that many of these drug users are actually employed in various organisations in Australia. If anything, that should give us all the more reason to be alert and on the lookout for drug use by employees and colleagues in the workplace through our drug testing efforts. We at Frontline Diagnostics can help in this regard. Please contact us for a confidential discussion.

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Motivate Your Workforce to Stay Drug-Safe

motivate your workforce to stay drug-safeDrug users today are no longer your typical unemployed, living-in-the-streets type who do a wide range of deeds just to be able to score a fix. According to statistics, millions upon millions of any given country’s drug users these days are actually gainfully employed. Considering how dangerous and troublesome it would be for a workplace to have drug users in its ranks, it’s only but natural for many businesses—including Australian firms—to implement mandatory drug testing in the workplace.

The random nature of workplace drug testing definitely becomes a deterrent against drug use in the workplace and should keep any workforce on its toes. There are, however, far less intimidating ways to motivate your workforce to stay drug-safe.


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