Opiates Involved in Fatal Pennsylvania AmTrak Crash

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the opioid crisis came into the public eye more clearly. House Democrats asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to require testing for four prescription opioids in transportation workers, like bus and truck drivers and railroad operators.  Continue reading “Opiates Involved in Fatal Pennsylvania AmTrak Crash” »

How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health

The majority of illegal drugs can have adverse effects on your heart, including abnormal heart rate and even heart attacks. Injecting illegal drugs can lead to cardiovascular issues, like collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves. Continue reading “How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health” »

You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC

Synthetic urine that is. On August 3rd, the Kansas City Star published a piece about synthetic urine being sold all around the KC metro area. This synthetic urine is meant to be a cheat for employee drug tests, but this pee isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Continue reading “You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC” »

Psychotropic Drugs Given in Missouri Foster Care

According to a suit filed on Monday, June 12, 2017, Missouri’s foster care system prescribes a serious amount of anti-psychotic drugs to children. The suit was filed by the National Center for Youth Law, the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinic, and the legal advocacy group Children’s Rights. The whole situation calls into question the doctors and employees that work with and within the Missouri foster care system. Continue reading “Psychotropic Drugs Given in Missouri Foster Care” »

Drug Testing Cocktail Cheats: Employers Watch Out

People want to have it all, drugs and a job. While drug use outside of work is a debated topic, anyone who is going to great lengths to hide their habit won’t be the best choice of employee. So the prospective employee can’t afford any of the hoaxes online like detox shampoos or dyed hair to beat follicle drug testing, so what do they do? Look around the kitchen!

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Opiate Addiction and the Workplace

Emergency room deaths by opiate overdose have now surpassed overdoses from cocaine or methamphetamine, combined. This is really saying something, in 2015, two-thirds of the 33,000 drug overdose death toll were opiate-related.  Continue reading “Opiate Addiction and the Workplace” »

Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?

One might think of a stimulant addict to be an individual that needs them to make it through multiple, low-wage jobs that require motivation to do boring tasks. That is just what makes workers in finance, tech, business, and the arts alike abuse Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta — make it through the flood of tasks to gain a competitive advantage and keep up. Continue reading “Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?” »

Top 4 Stressors That Lead to Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Many people begin using drugs and alcohol during times of stress, even if they don’t realize it. Humans aren’t naturally stressed so use easily turns into abuse. Taking a quick look at the top stress factors that lead to drug and alcohol abuse could help you, a co-worker, or a loved one begin to find the root of problem. Continue reading “Top 4 Stressors That Lead to Drug & Alcohol Abuse” »

Jobs With the Highest Instances of Drug Abuse

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Some industries have to deal with a higher rate of employees struggling with addiction. These could be jobs that don’t necessarily take precautions, like doing drug testing, against addicts becoming employed or are jobs that lead to substance abuse through access to drugs or work-stress. Continue reading “Jobs With the Highest Instances of Drug Abuse” »

Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace

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The number of drug overdose fatalities rises every year. According to the CDC, between 2000 and 2014 the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has nearly quadrupled; prescription opioids and heroin being the top culprits, and fentanyl has risen with other opioids since 2015. Pain drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl are particularly tricky because they can be found through prescription and on the street. Continue reading “Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace” »