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

Future workers

The Partnership at
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.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Tue, 2013-01-01

Highlights: The message inherent in multiple supporting studies is clear. Regular marijuana use in adolescence is known to be part of a cluster of behaviors that can produce enduring detrimental effects and alter the trajectory of a young person’s life — thwarting his or her potential.

DFBS note: Parents among your employees need to know about the effects of marijuana on kids, especially with the trend toward liberalizing state marijuana laws.

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.

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.

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.

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