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EHS Today
Wed, 2012-03-28

Highlights: New, more rigorous government drug testing rules with lower cutoffs appear to have led to an increase in positive cocaine and amphetamine testing in the safety-sensitive, or high risk, work force, according to data from Quest diagnostics.

DFBS note: Have you educated your employees about the new cut-off levels, and the health, safety and job risks associated with cocaine and amphetamines?

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.

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.

New York Times
Mon, 2012-10-01

Highlights: Even as three-martini lunches and whiskey-fueled staff meetings become harder to find outside of cable TV, plenty of American business rituals continue to revolve around alcohol ... For professionals who abstain from alcohol — for health, religion, recovery or simple preference — it can sometimes seem harder to get ahead if you’re not willing to throw one back.

DFBS note: Is it time to take a close look at your company's drinking culture? Do your employees have the facts about alcohol?

Workers | Alcohol
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.

Workforce.com
Wed, 2012-05-23

Highlights: The ADA defines 'illegal drug use' by reference to federal, rather than state, law, and federal law does not authorize the plaintiff's medical marijuana use. Doctor-supervised marijuana use is an illegal use of drugs not covered by the ADA's supervised use exception.

DFBS note: Especially if you operate in a state that permits medical marijuana use, make sure employees know that employers have the right to prohibit, test, and enforce consequences for marijuana.

Workers | Marijuana
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 Drugfree.org
Mon, 2011-10-03

Highlights: The arrest of 37 people on drug charges at a Boeing aircraft plant last week puts the spotlight on the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse in the workplace

DFBS note: As always, if it's happening in the community it will affect the workplace.

The Partnership at DrugFree.org
Tue, 2011-09-13

Highlights: A new national poll finds few parents believe their own teenagers have used alcohol or marijuana in the past year. The findings stand in stark contrast to another national poll that found a much higher percentage of self-reported substance use among teens.

DFBS note: The education you provide employees about drugs and alcohol might help them recognize substance use by their kids, and help prevent serious alcohol or drug problems. Employee education isn't just about compliance. It can be a game-changer for employees.

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