Ren in Information on U.S. States
March 3, 2022

One State’s Discovery Reveals the Demographic Hit Hardest by Opioid Addiction

A recent Massachusetts study sought to determine which demographics have been hit hardest by the opioid crisis. As it turns out, mainly working-class, blue-collar residents in construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, and industrial jobs have been affected the most. But does this data also reflect a national trend?


Karen Hadley in Drug Trends
October 19, 2021

How Drug and Alcohol Abuse Are Invading Our Workplaces

Employees struggling with drug or alcohol abuse rob every company of their profitability as well as risking their own lives. When companies take on the role of identifying abuse and offering help, they can save valued employees and increase their own productivity.


Karen Hadley in Drug-Related News
October 12, 2021

The Impact of Drug Use and Addiction on America’s Health

We know that families suffer terrible losses as a result of drug or alcohol abuse and addiction. But how does this situation affect our nation's health as a whole? We will catalog some of the impacts of this social problem.


Karen Hadley in Dealing with Addiction
October 11, 2021

Dealing with the Seemingly “High-Functioning” Addict

Some people are able to maintain the appearance of productivity for quite a while after they become addicted. This ability has generated the myth of the high-functioning addict. Is there really such a thing?


Ren in Drug-Related News
October 22, 2020

Positive Drug Tests Reach Record High

According to new data, not only was the overall number of positive drug tests at a 16-year high in 2019, but the rate of positive tests (percentage of drug tests administrated that came out positive) was also at an all-time high. What does this data tell us?


Karen Hadley in Drug Use
January 23, 2019

Is It Time to Scrap Workplace Drug Tests?

Some employers are scrapping pre-employment or workplace drug tests because of the difficulty of finding or retaining employees who can pass them. Is this a sound move? If tests are abandoned, are there any other actions an employer can take to create a drug-free workplace? This is a defeatist, apathetic and scary reason. It sounds like they are scrapping testing for qualified employees, because they can’t find enough qualified employees so they will hire unqualified employees.


Ren in Workplace drugs
December 21, 2018

The Danger of Substance Abuse at the Work Place and America’s Top Industries for Addiction

We’ve likely all heard more than once the story of the growing prevalence of drug and alcohol addiction in America. This is a problem that started becoming more severe around the turn of the century and which has doubled, tripled and even quadrupled itself since then.


Are Certain Workplaces More Prone to Drug Use

A recent online article reported on what may be a relatively little-known side of drug use in the workplace. Oftentimes, drug use is linked to poverty and lack of an education adequate to gaining anything more than menial employment.


Sue Birkenshaw in Marijuana Use
October 2, 2014

Marijuana and Employment: Positive Workplace Drug Tests on the Increase

For the first time since 2003, workplace drug tests took a jump. This is according to Quest Diagnostics, a company performing workplace drug tests across the country.


Sue Birkenshaw in Drug Addiction
April 2, 2012

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.