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The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Wed, 2013-01-09

Highlights: Employers in the oil and gas industry are having a difficult time finding enough workers who can pass drug tests. Prescription drug abuse is largely to blame. The problem is particularly acute in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

SAMHSA
Tue, 2013-01-08

Highlights: Combined 2010 and 2011 data indicate that the rate of past year nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older was 4.6 percent nationally and ranged from 3.6 percent in Iowa to 6.4 percent in Oregon. Of the 10 States with the highest rates of past year nonmedical use, 7 were in the West region; of the 10 States with the lowest rates, 4 were in the Midwest region, and 4 were in the Southern region

DFBS note: Take a look at your state data to see what could effect your workplace.

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.

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.

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.

Denver Post
Tue, 2012-10-16

Highlights: Teenagers and young adults are driving the epidemic in opioid painkiller abuse, according to a new study by University of Colorado Denver professor of public health. Americans age 15 to 27 are abusing painkillers at a rate 40 percent higher than what is expected for their age group.

DFBS note: Pay attention if your workforce is young. And consider providing facts about prescription painkiller abuse.

CNN
Mon, 2012-10-01

Highlights: An internal report by Amtrak's Office of Inspector General new report blasts Amtrak, the nation's largest passenger rail carrier, for dangerously overlooking drug and alcohol use by its employees. Amtrak's employees failed drug and alcohol tests at a staggering 51% higher rate than the rail industry average, the report said. The majority of employees who failed drug tests were reported to have tested positive for cocaine and marijuana, according to the report.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Mon, 2012-09-24

Highlights: A new government survey finds the number of young adults ages 18 to 25 who used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in the past month declined 14 percent, from 2 million in 2010, to 1.7 million in 2011.

DFBS note: Nice to hear some good news about trends in prescription medication abuse.

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.

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Risk and Insurance
Wed, 2012-09-12

Highlights: 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. 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.

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