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


Las Angeles Times
Tue, 2013-01-22

Highlights: Marijuana will continue to be considered a highly dangerous drug under federal law with no accepted medical uses, after a U.S. appeals court refused to order a change in the government's 40-year-old drug classification schedule.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Tue, 2013-01-01

Highlights: The message inherent in multiple supporting studies is clear. Regular marijuana use in adolescence is known to be part of a cluster of behaviors that can produce enduring detrimental effects and alter the trajectory of a young person’s life — thwarting his or her potential.

DFBS note: Parents among your employees need to know about the effects of marijuana on kids, especially with the trend toward liberalizing state marijuana laws.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Wed, 2012-12-19

Highlights: Continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders was revealed in this year's Monitoring the Future survey. The survey also showed that teens' perception of marijuana's harmfulness is down, which can signal future increases in use. A recent National Academy of Sciences report showed that people who used cannabis heavily in their teens and continued through adulthood showed a significant drop in IQ.

DFBS note: As if finding good workers wasn't already hard enough.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Fri, 2012-12-14

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals opposes the legalization of smoked or raw marijuana, opposes efforts to approve any medicine, including marijuana, outside of the FDA process, and supports continued research into a medically safe, non-smoked delivery of marijuana components for medicinal purposes.

Risk and Insurance
Mon, 2012-12-03

Highlights: Several studies associate workers' marijuana smoking with increased absences, tardiness, accidents, workers' compensation claims, and job turnover. When viewed in light of the primary goal in workers' compensation, which is to return to work, the issue becomes much clearer. The therapeutic effects of medical marijuana treatment are counterintuitive to meeting the intended therapeutic outcome for any injured worker.

Risk and Insurance
Wed, 2012-09-12

Highlights: In Arkansas, a worker's admission that he used illegal drugs that made it harder for him to concentrate will make it difficult for him to rebut the presumption that his injury was substantially occasioned by the use of illegal drugs. The Arkansas Court of Appeals held that a worker was not entitled to benefits because his injury was substantially occasioned by the use of illegal drugs.

DFBS note:
Wed, 2012-05-23

Highlights: The ADA defines 'illegal drug use' by reference to federal, rather than state, law, and federal law does not authorize the plaintiff's medical marijuana use. Doctor-supervised marijuana use is an illegal use of drugs not covered by the ADA's supervised use exception.

DFBS note: Especially if you operate in a state that permits medical marijuana use, make sure employees know that employers have the right to prohibit, test, and enforce consequences for marijuana.

Workers | Marijuana
The Partnership at
Fri, 2012-02-17

Highlights: This second article of a two-part series provides additional arguments against marijuana legalization.

The Partnership at
Tue, 2012-02-14

Highlights: There is no doubt that medical marijuana is a controversial and complex issue. The author attempts to break down several of the more complicated issues, once and for all, in this two-part series.

Occupational Health and Safety
Mon, 2012-02-13

Highlights: Drivers who consume marijuana within three hours of driving are nearly twice as likely to cause a vehicle collision as those who are not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

DFBS note: A fact employees probably need to know.

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