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

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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.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2012-12-05

Highlights: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has alerted U.S. law enforcement to prepare for a potential influx of painkillers from Canada, which has given approval to six generic drug companies to manufacture oxycodone products. The United States will face a similar decision about whether to approve generic versions of powerful painkillers. A U.S. patent on the original formulation of OxyContin will expire next April.

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.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Fri, 2012-11-30

Highlights: As Kentucky begins to see results from its crackdown on prescription drug abuse, officials report a rise in heroin use. Law enforcement officials say heroin imported from Mexico and Central America is cheaper and more easily available than prescription opioids, such as Oxycodone.

DFBS note: A trend repeated in many parts of the country.

Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
Wed, 2012-10-17

Highlights: Nearly 1 in 12 injured workers who were prescribed narcotic painkillers still were on the drugs three to six months later, according to a new report on worker's compensation claims. The report also found that drug testing and psychological evaluation, two measures designed to reduce abuse of the drugs, were not being done most of the time.

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:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sun, 2012-07-29

Highlights: Over the last four years, some 38,000 would-be truck drivers applying at Schneider National, Inc. have had their hair snipped for a drug test. Of those, 1411 failed. Yet more than 90 percent of those 1,411 applicants were able to pass a urine test.

The New England Journal of Medicine
Thu, 2012-07-12

Highlights: In August 2010, an abuse-deterrent formulation of the widely abused prescription opioid OxyContin was introduced to make OxyContin more difficult to solubilize or crush, thus discouraging abuse through injection and inhalation. This formulation successfully reduced Oxycontin abuse, but also led to an increase in the use of heroin, a drug that may pose a much greater overall risk to public health than OxyContin.

DFBS note: Kind of like "whack-a-drug-mole".

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Thu, 2012-07-12

Highlights: Oxycontin abuse has decreased now that the painkiller has been reformulated to make it more difficult to misuse. Many people who abused the drug have switched to heroin.

DFBS note: Staying on top of community drug use trends can alert you to a potential workplace risk.

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