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Info to help you maintain a drug-free work environment.


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?

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.

Fri, 2013-02-22

Highlights: Emergency department (ED) visits involving use of illicit drugs increased from 2009 to 2011; the rate of visits involving illicit stimulants increased 68 percent, and the rate of visits involving marijuana rose 19 percent. But there were no significant increases in the rates of visits involving narcotic pain relievers from 2009 to 2011.

CNN Money
Tue, 2013-02-12

Highlights: There have been nearly 84,000 meth lab seizures since 2004, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. But only a fraction of meth labs, as few as 5%, get discovered. Many Americans purchase homes or rent apartments contaminated with the drug's poisonous residue.

DFBS note: Something to pay attention to when relocating employees.

The Partnership at
Thu, 2012-05-10

Highlights: Use of drugs, particularly cocaine and methamphetamine, is on the decline in the United States, according to U.S. National Drug Control Policy Director R. Gil Kerlikowske.

Amphetamines | Cocaine
The Partnership at
Mon, 2012-01-23

Highlights: Methamphetamine use, which was on the decline until recently, appears to be increasing due to Mexican drug cartels and small U.s. drug producers.

DFBS notes: Remember, workplaces are part of communities. If it's in the community, then look for it in the workplace.

Mon, 2011-11-21

Highlights: The chemicals used to make meth are believed to cause cancer, brain damage and birth defects ... The gas from those chemicals adheres to most everything in a house. Years after the meth lab is dismantled and the suspects go to jail, the toxic waste remains.

DFBS note: Might be useful for your employees to know as the housing market picks up.

The Partnership at
Tue, 2011-09-06

Highlights: A study of workplace drug-screening tests finds methamphetamine use is higher among workers in Western states.

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