Category: Current Events

How Many Long Term Users are Hooked on Opioids?

Opioid deaths have now surpassed those from cars and guns and now a new poll conducted by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation reports that one-third of long-term opioid users say they are hooked on prescription medication. Here are some other takeaways from the survey: Virtually all of the users surveyed said they […]

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What Tuesday’s Election Means For Employers

It’s difficult to make predictions about what last week’s election means for businesses. There are so many so many variables to consider.  So, let’s look at what we do know. Four States Legalized Recreational Marijuana Maine, Massachusettes, Nevada, and California all legalized recreational marijuana. As we’ve said before, drug testing policy won’t change until federal […]

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Fatal Occupational Injuries 2014

There were 4,679 total fatal work injuries in the United States in 2014. (We won’t have 2015’s numbers for a few more months.) That’s an increase of 2 percent over 2013’s reported fatalities. Here’s the breakdown: Key preliminary findings of the 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries: – The number of fatal work injuries in […]

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Flakka: The drug of your nightmares.

Flakka is the street name for a synthetic version of cocaine. It’s also known as ‘gravel” due to its appearance and is a more potent form of the drug called “bath salts.” It’s cheap, it’s fast-acting, and it’s quite possibly the scariest drug on the street. On Monday night, the police found a 19-year-old Florida […]

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Drug Testing and the Olympics

You can’t turn on the radio, the tv, or log in to Facebook without reading news about the Olympics: medal winners, dirty pools, Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandal. After learning about Russia’s doping program, the International Olympic Committee left it up to each global sports federation on whether or not to ban Russian athletes from their […]

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Did Opioids End Prince’s Life?

I’m just going to say it right now. This girl is super sad about the death of Prince. I can’t listen to “Purple Rain” without bawling. He’s the reason I wore paisley shirts, collar fastened with a broach, every day of the tenth grade. And now this report, that just a few days before his […]

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Mixed Blessing: An American Airlines Co-Pilot Fails an Alcohol Test

Every day drug and alcohol tests are administered to people in safety-sensitive positions without much notice or fanfare. But one test made the national news this weekend when a TSA agent at a security checkpoint at the Detroit airport noticed a pilot acting strangely and administered a breath alcohol test. The American Airlines co-pilot failed. A […]

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Do Benefits Improve Employee Retention?

In an effort to improve retention and create a company culture that improves the bottom line, companies big and small are offering benefits beyond a health plan and a 401K.  Google provides employees free food and an on-campus bowling alley. Employees at Johnson & Johnson have a concierge service, a person to return library books […]

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Where Legal Pot Can Win

Ohio’s ballot measure to legalize pot failed but that’s because it would’ve given all of the marijuana farms to wealthy campaign donors.  However, according to this article in Vox, there are several states with ballot measures slated for 2016 and several more where intense lobbying efforts are making headway. The states with ballot initiatives in […]

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