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

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State of California, Office of Traffic Safety
Sat, 2011-11-19

Highlights: Drugs that can affect driving were found in one of every seven weekend nighttime drivers in California, according to the first-ever statewide roadside survey of alcohol and drug use by drivers. The survey results announced today by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) showed more drivers tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

The Partnership at
Fri, 2011-10-21

Highlights: Research points to ineffective and incomplete drug education as a factor in heroin initiation ... Among the parents who were surveyed for the study, nearly 50 percent said they did not know where to go to get accurate drug information.

DFBS notes: A side benefit to educating your employees about drugs: they can then educate their kids.

Risk and insurance
Fri, 2011-10-14

Highlights: The majority of studies show growth and negative results of opioid use -- but is there anything that can be done to begin to reverse these trends or proactively identify which claims are about to head down the wrong path?The answer is yes, but the solutions require extensive analysis combined with a comprehensive strategy.

Painkillers | Opiates
EHS Today
Wed, 2011-10-12

Highlights: Hydrocodone and oxycodone remain the most detected prescription opiates in the general U.S. work force, and random drug tests for the two drugs find nearly double the positives for employees than are found in pre-employment screenings.

DFBS note: Have you communicated to your employees the health and safety risks, and employment consequences, of abusing prescription narcotics?

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.

Fri, 2011-06-24

Highlights: A new study finds that among 44,000 U.S. drivers involved in fatal single-vehicle car crashes between 1998 and 2009, 25% tested positive for drug use. The most common drugs were marijuana, cocaine and amphetamines.

DFBS note: Remember, most current illegal drug users are employed.

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The Partnership at
Mon, 2011-06-13

Highlights: Employees in Washington state can be fired if they fail a drug test, even if they have a medical marijuana authorization from a physician, the state's Supreme Court has ruled.

DFBS note: Regardless of state law, marijuana is a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical uses under federal law.

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Wed, 2011-06-01

Highlights: Illicit drug use in the United States is estimated to have cost the U.S. economy more than $193 billion in 2007, according to a new study by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC).

DFBS note: A significant portion of this cost falls on employers through lost productivity. Drug testing programs that include supervisor training and employee education help mitigate these costs.

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