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EHS Today
Wed, 2012-03-28

Highlights: New, more rigorous government drug testing rules with lower cutoffs appear to have led to an increase in positive cocaine and amphetamine testing in the safety-sensitive, or high risk, work force, according to data from Quest diagnostics.

DFBS note: Have you educated your employees about the new cut-off levels, and the health, safety and job risks associated with cocaine and amphetamines?

Los Angeles Times
Sun, 2012-02-12

Highlights: Tips from experts on dealing with a co-worker might have a substance abuse problem.

USA Today
Thu, 2013-04-25

Highlights: Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.

DFBS Note: Be on the lookout - workplaces follow communities in drug use.

HealthDay News
Mon, 2013-04-22

Highlights: A pill may work as well as a puff when it comes to using marijuana to treat pain, according to a small but carefully controlled new study. Pain relief from pills may last longer, however, and may not leave people feeling as high as they do after they smoke the drug.

The Partnership at
Mon, 2013-04-22

Highlights: New, nationally projectable survey results confirmed that one in four teens has misused or abused a prescription (Rx) drug at least once in their lifetime – a 33 percent increase over the past five years. The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found troubling data on teen misuse or abuse of prescription stimulants. Contributing to this sustained trend in teen medicine abuse are the lax attitudes and beliefs of parents and caregivers.

DFBS note: Point one: teens are future workers. Point two: Parents (i.e., workers) don't have a clue. Could be some education would help.

Thu, 2013-03-14

Highlights: The United States must not turn a blind eye to the recreational use of cannabis in states that liberalize drug laws, an international monitoring group said, urging the country to live up to its treaty commitments. Letting people smoke cannabis for recreational purposes violates the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, to which the United States is a party.

The Partnership at
Mon, 2013-03-11

Highlights: Prescription painkiller abuse, which has centered on Eastern and Southern states, is now taking hold in Western states. Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Idaho have the country’s highest prescription drug abuse rates, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Huffington Post
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job applicants are testing positively for drugs at rates not seen since 2007, according to data from Quest Diagnostics. Employers are having some difficulty finding employees who can pass a drug test. Marijuana continues to be the drug of choice.

The Partnership at
Wed, 2013-03-06

Highlights: Eight former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) called on the federal government Tuesday to challenge laws in Colorado and Washington state that legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A United Nations agency said the state laws violate international narcotics conventions.

DFBS note: Maybe we should pay attention to these folks.

The Kansas City Star
Tue, 2013-03-05

Highlights: With street prices of some opiates, such as Oxycontin, hitting $80 for a single pill, a growing number of illicit users in Missouri are looking to economize — with heroin. A report says the white powder long associated with big Eastern cities is fast-growing in Missouri and other Midwestern states, even shooting into small towns and rural areas.

DFBS note: This story just seems to repeat from region to region.

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