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Tell-tale Symptoms of Drug Use in the Workplace

signs of drug addictionMillions of people around the world struggle with drug addiction, and a significant percentage of drug addicts are actually employed in one capacity or another. That can be quite worrisome for employers, as drug addicts can cause a lot of problems in the workplace, and costly ones at that. Anyone who is under the influence of a certain addictive substance can cause an accident that could lead to injury or death. To make things worse, the personnel involved in any drug-related workplace incident can file suit against their employer. That means litigation costs which could skyrocket if such a case drags on.

With all the problems presented by drug addiction in the workplace, it is of paramount importance for employers, safety and HR officers to know the signs of drug addiction. While being an expert at detecting drug addiction will take some training and experience, there are certain signs of drug addiction that eventually manifest themselves. Let the videos featured below discuss tips on how to detect drug addiction.

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10 Synthetic Marijuana Horror Stories

synthetic marijuanaEvery dangerous drug has its own archive of horror stories involving its users, abusers and addicts. Synthetic drugs, however, are in a league of their own as far as horrific tales are concerned. In a nutshell, most incidents that involve synthetic drugs—synthetic marijuana in particular—are marked not so much by the consequences of repeated or prolonged use, but by the sudden and often unpredictable nature of its effects, which sometimes set in even after just ONE hit. That makes more synthetic marijuana more dangerous than ice, heroin or any of the “traditional” drugs we have all come to despise, as the synthetic marijuana horror stories we are featuring in this piece would attest.

Before we delve into the synthetic marijuana horror stories listed below, let us first take a closer look at the drug and see why it poses such a danger to anyone who uses it.

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Helping a Co-worker With a Drug Problem

colleague with a drug problemIt’s hard enough to deal with a close friend or family member who has a drug problem. In most cases, you can expect a lot of drama—and even violence in some cases—if and when you muster enough courage to stage an intervention and convince your drug-addicted loved one to get help. So you can only imagine how much harder helping a drug addict can be if that person is someone you work with.

Helping a colleague with a drug problem is, without a doubt, a daunting task for anyone in the workplace. However, no one can deny that it’s an issue that needs to be immediately addressed. Ignore the problem, and you can only expect your colleague’s drug issues to have an impact on the productivity, health and safety of the entire workplace.

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The Dilemma With Party Drugs

The idea of your children going to music festivals and raves is no more unusual than when you went to underground music or even disco clubs when you were their age. They’re young, free and single, they’re going to have whatever it is they consider “fun” these days, and you’ll be as helpless as your own parents were when you went home from your nights out at the break of dawn. Partying when you’re young is perfectly normal, regardless of what generation you belong.

However, there is a major difference between our generation and this generation with regards to partying, and that’s the proliferation of party drugs at raves, which, more often than not, leads to incidents you certainly wouldn’t want your kids to get involved in.

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