Drugs & Alcohol

The United Kingdom has the Highest Cocaine Use in Europe

June 22, 2016 Illicit drugs

Often associated with rock stars and the “social elite,” cocaine has a long history of use dating back to its origins as a medicinal compound in the late 19th century. Cocaine use reached its peak during the disco era in the 1970s and 80s. Recently, there has been a resurgence of cocaine use, and its […]

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Drugged Drivers Pose a Serious Threat

June 20, 2016 News

According to a recent poll conducted by the American Automobile Association (AAA), motorists now view drivers, who are under the influence of illicit drugs, as bigger threats to their safety than those driving under the influence of alcohol. Data from the survey revealed the following insights: 74 percent of motorists think people driving after using […]

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Businesses Struggle to Find Drug-Free Workers

May 17, 2016 News

New York Times writer Jackie Calmes reports that employers across the United States are struggling to find workers who can pass a pre-employment drug test. Businesses started noticing a trend once job candidates learned that the next step of the hiring process was a drug test and nearly half of the applicants simply skipped the […]

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Refining our Synthetic Cannabinoids Panel

April 18, 2016 Synthetic drugs

Synthetic cannabinoids (also known as “K2” or “Spice”) mimic the main psychoactive ingredient, Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in marijuana. They do not contain cannabis but can produce a euphoric, hallucinatory effect anywhere between four and fifty times more potent than the THC found in marijuana. Data collected from emergency room visits and poison control centers reveals […]

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Alcohol Awareness Month

April 8, 2016 Alcohol

According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), minors use alcohol more frequently than they use all illicit drugs combined. The study revealed that 8.7 million people between the ages of 12 and 20 reported drinking alcohol in the past month. Of those adolescents, 5.3 million were considered binge drinkers and […]

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Can employers still screen for marijuana?

January 7, 2016 Illicit drugs

As state governments continue to “legalize” marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, some employers may be questioning whether or not they can still screen their employees and job candidates for the drug. That said, several legal cases have set a precedent which may help address this growing concern. In the latest case, Washington State’s “Michael […]

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Why is Heroin So Addictive?

December 28, 2015 Illicit drugs

An upsurge in heroin use has led to increased hospitalizations, overdoses and deaths. Heroin use reaches so far that Americans are living through a legitimate addiction epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the diverse group of addicts emerging from this epidemic is surprising, with some of the greatest increases in addiction rates occurring […]

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Comparing Policies in States with Legalized Marijuana

December 23, 2015 Illicit drugs

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) conducted a first-of-its kind survey to better understand and compare substance abuse policies in states where medical and recreational marijuana is legal. SHRM asked more than 600 human resource (HR) managers about their drug-free workplace policies as they relate to how they hire, reasons for drug testing, general […]

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Startling Statistics Regarding Drunk Driving

December 10, 2015 Alcohol

A report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 4.2 million adults age 18 and older admit to driving while impaired within the past 30 days, resulting in 121 million episodes of impaired driving each month. This is especially concerning in that impaired driving causes one-third of crash fatalities each year […]

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Popular Ways Adults Use Marijuana

December 9, 2015 Illicit drugs

Marijuana reigns as the most commonly used illicit drug. The 2015 Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ also showed an increase in marijuana positivity in the U.S. workforce for the second consecutive year. Scientists continue to uncover new insights about marijuana use and its impacts as state legislation and popular opinion continue to shift. An article […]

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