As nationwide drug testing begins in construction sites, a report by Ryan Keen for the Gold Coast Bulletin reveals that one in five construction workers on the Gold Coast are testing positive for drugs.Read More
One individual athlete caught doping is bad enough. An entire team of under-age athletes failing drug tests is even worse. That’s exactly what happened to a team of teenage Russian ice hockey players in a doping scandal regarded as one of the biggest in the sport.Read More
The number of drug overdose deaths in Victoria has risen every year since 2010, and pharmaceutical drugs have contributed significantly to that increase, says Melissa Davey in a report for The Guardian.Read More
The world has changed since the days so vividly portrayed in that critically-acclaimed drama series “Mad Men”. No longer are people lighting up whenever and wherever they feel like it. Smoking laws are making sure of that. Most workplaces have also enforced smoking bans. In a world that has become exponentially aware of the dangers of tobacco use, smoking—particularly smoking in public—is now frowned upon by society in general.
The advent of electronic cigarettes, however, is threatening to shake things up once again. Suddenly, tobacco-using members of the workforce who have shifted to e-cigarettes now have the opportunity to once again get their nicotine fix at work. After all, they wouldn’t technically be smoking in the workplace. They’d be vaping in the workplace, which many employers are probably not ready, to address just yet.
Nevertheless, vaping in the workplace needs to be addressed. As with any workplace issue, there are several factors that need to be considered. Let’s discuss some of those factors, including one that appears to be simple but could bring about unwanted complications if they go about it without utmost care.Read More
Not all addictions that impact the workplace are drug related. Whenever the word “addiction” comes up, most people automatically mentally conjure images of a person sticking a needle into a vein and getting high on some drug. While it’s true that the word is most closely associated with drugs, ingesting a substance is not the only way one can become an addict.
Like the one that involves drugs, these non-drug addictions can inflict as much havoc on one’s health, relationships, finances, and of course, work. Here are some of the addictions that may not involve drug use, but impact the workplace just the same. Interestingly, one of these non-drug addictions might come as a huge surprise, especially in relation to the workplace.Read More
Nearly half number of illegal clandestine drug labs found operating in Australia in 2013-2014 were in Queensland, says a report by Lisa Yallamas for Brisbane Times.Read More
Marijuana may already be practically legal in most of the United States, but its improved legal status there does not mean its effects on users have become any less adverse. A long-running study conducted by a university in Switzerland reveals that marijuana use over a long period of time may affect one’s verbal memory, says a report by Vanessa Brown for News.com.au.Read More
An article published in the Medical Journal of Australia is warning that over prescribing psychostimulants for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD can lead to increased rates of misuse, which would eventually lead to health issues that include anxiety, insomnia and ultimately, cardiovascular problems.Read More