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” »

How to Use Instant Drug Tests

In our last post, we explained why instant drug tests aren’t named correctly — due to the high incidence of false negatives, false positives, and the issues of legality, these “tests” should really be used as instant drug screens.

What exactly do we mean by using an instant drug screen in your workplace drug testing? Here are our tips for using instant drug tests more effectively.

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Illegal Drug Use Leads to Higher Thoughts of Suicide: What Can Employers Do?

Employers, surely the mental and physical health of your employees — both on- and off-the-clock — is one of your highest concerns. So did you know that drug use can not only adversely affect a person physically, but also mentally?

A recent study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) concluded that adults who use illegal drugs have more thoughts of suicide than their non-using counterparts. Concluded from data collected in their 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, SAMHSA’s research reveals the very real impact of drug use on mental health.

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How to Handle On-the-Clock Drug Use

Our last post explored what to do when you suspect an employee of off-the-clock drug use. Although the signs of on-the-clock drug use can be similar to off-the-clock abuse — such as increased moodiness, excessive weight loss, poor work performance, and argumentative behaviors — handling drug use at the workplace is a different process.

When an employee engages in drug use when on-the-clock, they put their coworkers, clients, and customers at risk, posing medical, financial, and legal liabilities to your company. Worried that one of your workers is unfit for duty do to drug use? Here’s how to proceed.

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