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” »

Job Offers Revoked for Prescribed Medications

aos-drug-free-worker-2

Drug tests are routine for new employees and people usually know whether they will pass it or not. A growing number of people are getting job offers revoked because their tests are coming back positive, but given no chance to explain their situation. Continue reading “Job Offers Revoked for Prescribed Medications” »

Are Any of Your Employees Suffering From Adderall Addiction?

Adderall addiction is more common than most employers realize. For some people Adderall addiction begins with a legitimate need for the drug in their childhood and grows into a problem. Other people develop an Adderall addiction in their effort to remain competitive in the workplace.

Regardless, addiction can be the means of destroying a healthy, balanced lifestyle and wreaking havoc on your workplace.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North is providing the details on employee Adderall use and addiction.

Continue reading “Are Any of Your Employees Suffering From Adderall Addiction?” »

Prescription Drug Abuse Behind Increasing Death Rates Among Young White Women

Despite efforts by various advocacy groups, prescription drug abuse continues to rise. In fact, a study carried out by the Urban Institute recently found that prescription drug abuse may be responsible for a considerable increase in the death rate of white American women between the ages of 15 and 54.

The trend is so prevalent that it has been called the opioid epidemic. The CDC previously reported a 400% rise in deaths caused by prescription drug abuse since 1999.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about this disturbing trend.

Continue reading “Prescription Drug Abuse Behind Increasing Death Rates Among Young White Women” »

How Does the ADA Affect My Ability to Conduct Workplace Drug Testing?

Workplace drug testing is an important tool. It preserves a safer and more efficient work environment. In some cases, an effective workplace drug testing policy can literally save lives.

But workplace drug testing policies require time and care to implement. One factor that employers must consider is whether or not their workplace drug testing program complies with American Disability Act, or ADA, guidelines.
What is the ADA, and how does it impact your workplace drug testing? ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North shares what employers need to know.

Continue reading “How Does the ADA Affect My Ability to Conduct Workplace Drug Testing?” »

Prescription Drug Problems Plague Kansas

In our last post, we explored how Missouri’s lack of a prescription drug monitoring program may be contributing to prescription drug abuse in the state — a fact that should concern all Missouri and Kansas employers.

But it’s important to note that just because a prescription drug monitoring program is in place doesn’t mean that abuse can’t occur, so employers should always stay vigilant. Kansas is the perfect example of this.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about prescription drug abuse in Kansas.

Continue reading “Prescription Drug Problems Plague Kansas” »

Missouri Lags Behind in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse

When it comes to prescription drug abuse and drug monitoring, states are cracking down. All the states except Missouri, that is. While all the other states have prescription drug abuse and drug monitoring laws in effect, Missouri is the only state that doesn’t, and it’s beginning to be a problem.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North shares what metro employers, including Kansas businesses, should know about Missouri’s lack of prescription drug regulations. Continue reading “Missouri Lags Behind in Fight Against Prescription Drug Abuse” »

Three Reasons You Need to Update Your Drug Testing Program Today

There are some things in life that will never change. Your workplace drug testing program shouldn’t be one of them. The drug testing program you used twenty, ten or even five years ago may no longer be adequate for your business’s drug testing needs today.

Here are three reasons you need to keep your drug testing program up to date.

Continue reading “Three Reasons You Need to Update Your Drug Testing Program Today” »