The Rising Use of Prescription Drug Use Will Make Your Business Suffer

More than 70 percent of employers with 50 or more workers have been affected by prescription drugs, according to a survey released this year by the National Safety Council. These employers have felt the repercussions of this such as absenteeism, injuries, arrests, and complaints to human resources. Only 19 percent of employers feel “extremely prepared” […]

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True or False? – Marijuana Helps With Chronic Pain and PTSD

According to two studies, commissioned by the Veterans Health Administration, this is absolutely FALSE. In fact, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs study finds that there is no conclusive evidence that marijuana helps with chronic pain or post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). In one study of 47,000 veterans, experts found that PTSD symptoms increased when the […]

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Your Employee Just Showed Up Drunk to Work, Now What?

It’s a beautiful summer Friday. You’re looking forward to a lovely weekend  in the mountains. It’s 9:30 a.m. and the office is filling up — especially for a Friday in the summer! You’re so excited about your weekend, you decide to stop and chat with your colleagues about their weekend plans. You notice that one […]

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Tricks of the Trade: Keeping Your Workplace Safe and Productive

Workplace safety should be of the upmost importance to employers. In fact, it should be right up there with productivity because…well…safety affects productivity! Here are four simple tips on how employers can keep employee safety in the forefront at their businesses: Create a company policy that includes drug & alcohol testing Develop a policy that […]

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DEA Attempting to Cut Down on Opioid Addiction and Abuse. Will it Work?

On Friday, the DEA proposed a 20 percent cut of its manufacturing of opioid painkillers and other controlled substances over the next year. These drugs include Schedule II drugs like morphine, hydrocodone and codeine, to name a few. Opioid overdoses are the result of 142 deaths in Americans per day and, in fact, outnumber deaths […]

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While Opioid Abuse Has Decreased Among Young Americans, It Has Increased Among the Elderly

A recent U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report shows that opioid misuse in older adults has risen at an alarming rate, in fact, rates have doubled in people over 50. These drugs include heroin and other nonmedical prescription pain relievers. Rates of abuse among young Americans ages 18-25 decreased from 11.5 […]

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The Plan to Solve the Opioid Epidemic is Here…Well, Not Quite

An expert panel of scientists have developed a plan of action to resolve the opioid epidemic. The only problem is: It’s could take years – “years of sustained and coordinated efforts,” according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report says it is possible to end abuse of […]

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Houston Police Department Ends Roadside Testing…Now What?

Houston police have ended their practice of roadside narcotics testing, a practice that resulted in more than 130 wrongful convictions in Harris County, as of Friday, July 14 at midnight. The reason – because of the rise of opioid abuse in the area. In particular the drug, fentanyl, can be deadly to the touch, putting […]

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Drug Abuse is on the Rise…and It’s Hurting the Economy and American Workers!

Opioids in the workplace

A recent article on CNN Money said that the number of workers in the United States who have tested positive for drugs, has increased steadily over the last 3 years. In fact, this is the highest it has been in a decade! It’s the reason why workers, mostly “prime age” men, are unable or unwilling to find […]

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New Drug Alert: This One Could Even Kill You If Touched!

A new street drug is gaining popularity in the United States and authorities say it’s even dangerous to touch. This drug named “gray death” because of its concrete-like appearance, may be the cause of overdoses in various states – Georgia, Alabama and Ohio. The drug itself is made of a very dangerous combination of heroin, […]

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