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USA Today
Thu, 2013-04-25

Highlights: Powerful prescription painkillers have become pricier and harder to use. So addicts across the USA are turning to this more volatile drug. The new twist: Heroin is no longer just an inner-city plague.

DFBS Note: Be on the lookout - workplaces follow communities in drug use.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
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.

Los Angeles Tims
Fri, 2013-03-29

Highlights: Despite efforts by law enforcement and public health officials to curb prescription drug abuse, drug-related deaths in the United States have continued to rise. Figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that drug fatalities increased 3% in 2010, the most recent year for which complete data are available. Preliminary data for 2011 indicate the trend has continued.

Forbes
Mon, 2013-03-25

Highlights: The war on drugs is difficult and expensive, and there are signs that it is faltering. If so-called soft (or recreational) drugs, such as marijuana. are legalized, the consequences will be momentous, precisely because the profits to be made from the marketing and selling of soft drugs will be enormous.

DFBS note: A sobering article by eminent British historian Paul Johnson. It's short; read it.

Phoenix Business Journal
Fri, 2013-03-22

Highlights: Addiction to prescription pain pills is impacting productivity in the workplace, costing employers as much as $13,000 for each drug user per year and health insurers up to $72.5 billion each year nationwide.

DFBS Note: Compelling story of worker's addiction that began with prescription for pain medication.

Facility Safety Magazine
Wed, 2013-03-20

Highlights: Motor vehicle fatalities increased last year, the first year-over-year increase since 2005, according to the National Safety Council. In addition to devastating human loss, motor vehicle crashes present a significant national cost in lost wages and productivity, medical expenses, administrative expenses, employer costs and property damage. The estimated cost of motor vehicle deaths, injuries and property damage in 2012 was $276.6 billion, a five percent increase from 2011.

DFBS note: And we know that alcohol and drugs are involved in a very high percentage of vehicle fatalities.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Mon, 2013-03-11

Highlights: Prescription painkiller abuse, which has centered on Eastern and Southern states, is now taking hold in Western states. Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Idaho have the country’s highest prescription drug abuse rates, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011. The uptick in U.S. general workforce pre-employment data suggests that employers should be mindful of illicit drug use among prospective employees,” said Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. “These findings align with recent news reports citing some employers facing increasing drug positives when recruiting new workers.”

Quest Diagnostics
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011. The uptick in U.S. general workforce pre-employment data suggests that employers should be mindful of illicit drug use among prospective employees. The positivity rate in pre-employment urine drug screening for the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce remained unchanged from 2011 through the first half of 2012.

Huffington Post
Thu, 2013-03-07

Highlights: Job applicants are testing positively for drugs at rates not seen since 2007, according to data from Quest Diagnostics. Employers are having some difficulty finding employees who can pass a drug test. Marijuana continues to be the drug of choice.

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