Advice for Those Seeking Work: Spit Test for Drugs Speeds Hiring Process and Weeds Out Those Abusing Drugs

*+-Drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace is a concern for employers for obvious reasons. Intoxicated employees have more accidents and are gone from work more often. It’s estimated that 65% of all job-related accidents are related to substance abuse. The total cost of substance abuse by workers runs between $75 billion and $100 billion each year. Therefore weeding out those who are abusing drugs, either during the hiring process or as employment continues, is of vital concern to employers. In the past, employers had to send their staff to labs to have urine collected but this process was subject…

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Opiate Addiction on the Increase Now that Prescription Drugs are Harder to Get

*+-For the last decade or so, agencies like the National Institute on Drug Abuse have reported on increases in prescription drug abuses by America’s young people. By the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, prescription drug abuse among young people was second only to marijuana abuse. And of prescription drug abuse, opiate pain relievers was in first place. This means that these highly addictive drugs are contributing greatly to the number of young people seeking rehabilitation for their opiate addictions. Opiate addiction is not likely to start trending down unless these people can find an effective rehabilitation program…

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Fake Marijuana May Be Endangering Young People Who Think it is Safe and Natural

*+-Today’s young people are forced to make complex decisions regarding drug use and most of them lack the knowledge to do so wisely. To make matters worse, the list of drugs being offered to them keeps getting longer. Once it was marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and a couple of prescription drugs that young people might choose from. Now chemists around the world keep adding new substances they’ve cooked up in the lab to the existing substances that one can abuse. Some of these substances are pharmaceutical drugs like hydrocodone and OxyContin. And some are what are termed “club drugs” –…

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Adolescent Drug Abuse Grows into Addiction Requiring Rehab Treatment

*+-America’s young people continue to experiment with drugs in increasing numbers and at increased risk. The annual survey on adolescent drug abuse, the Monitoring the Future survey, shows that while alcohol consumption is declining slightly, more youth are abusing marijuana. And today’s marijuana is far stronger and more dangerous than the marijuana used by their parents or grandparents. In the mid-1980s, the active ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, existed at a 3.6% level on average. But by 2009, the average THV content was close to 10 percent. The highest THC content detected in 2009 was 32 percent THC. Hydroponic…

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Heroin Addiction Can Transform a Productive Life into a Disaster

*+-How does heroin addiction start? Usually by one person who already uses heroin telling a non-user that they really need to try this drug. It might start out with smoking because most people attach less stigma to heroin used this way. But then it so often progresses to shooting heroin, injecting it. And once down this road, so many people find themselves lost in an addiction to this drug. The problems connected with heroin addiction are only partly connected with the damage done by the drug itself. Heroin addiction tends to create collateral damage as well. Heroin users may live…

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