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Risk and Insurance
Fri, 2013-03-01

Highlights: The workers' compensation industry and the pharmacy benefit managers who help employers manage prescription medication are getting ready for a new class of painkillers. "There has never been a more damaging impact on the cost of workers' compensation claims from a single issue than the abuse of opioid prescriptions for the management of chronic pain," according to a report by Mo.-based insurance broker Lockton Cos.

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.

Littler Mendelson
Tue, 2013-02-12

DFBS note: On February 5, 2013, a task force convened by Colorado’s governor recommended that “employers may maintain, create new, or modify existing policies in response to the passage” of the law. The recommendation is a preliminary signal that even as the state liberalizes its marijuana laws concerning medical and recreational use, employers still may regulate all marijuana use, even off-duty and off-premises use, by their employees.

Tue, 2013-02-12

DFBS note: Federal prosecutors will crack down on recreational marijuana dispensaries and growers even in states where they are legal, said U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske this week. Neither Attorney General Eric Holder, nor other representatives from the DOJ or DEA have spoken publicly about their planned approach, other than saying that enforcement of federal law “remains unchanged.”

MS News Now
Mon, 2013-02-11

DFBS note: Faculty members and student researchers at the University of Mississippi have developed a new THC patch that could potentially provide help to patients who need it. THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The patch could help patients overcome problems associated with taking the drug in pill form. The patch is placed above the gum line.

DFBS note: As the Institute of Medicine pointed out, no federally-approved medication is smoked, because smoking is not an effective way to take medications.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Wed, 2013-01-30

DFBS note: Not only is the limit for a "per se" charge of driving under the influence in Washington not too low, but it might be too high to capture impaired drivers, according to recently released research conducted by a group in the National Institutes of Health. Another study suggests driving by heavy users is impaired nearly a month after their most recent puff of cannabis.

Mon, 2013-01-28

Highlights: States are loosening restrictions on marijuana but that does not mean truck drivers can kick back and light up a joint. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and its use is expressly forbidden for transportation workers, including truck and bus drivers.

DFBS note: Does this even need to be said? Yes, so you should probably say it to your drivers.

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.

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