The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) released the sixteenth edition of the Illicit Drug Data Report today, which continues to provide an authoritative picture of illicit drugs in Australia. AusHealth is committed to the Health and Safety of workers offering Drug and Alcohol testing services for employers nationally. To find out more go to https://www.aushealthwork.com.au/services/drugs-and-alcohol/
Duromine (Phentermine) is an amphetamine type stimulant that is used in the treatment of weight loss. It is recommended to be used only for a few weeks at most. But - why is that?
Hemp seeds are now available in the supermarket. If I eat these with my muesli will they show on a drug and alcohol test?
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) announced in 2017 that hemp seeds can be classed as a food. This is because there are very low levels of psychoactive components in these seeds as they come from different strains of the cannabis plant.
If you eat a lot of Poppy seeds can you return a non-negative drug test result. Can the AusHealth toxicologists explain how this happens?
Australian grown poppy seeds are known to be particularly rich in opiate content. A teaspoon of seeds (5g) can result in a strong non-negative result and a confirmed positive lab test.
Are there any ingredients in sports supplements & protein powders that can produce a non-negative result?
Dr Sam Bruschi talks about the growing trend of people taking Sport Supplement protein shakes and their detection in drug tests.
We acknowledge that the on-site drug testing process, using immunologically-based methods, may have some potential for ‘false positive’. These results are attributable to cross-reactions with medications, foods or other substances that may be present. However, we are extremely confident that the laboratory confirmation procedures, using chromatographic anlysis with mass spectrometric...
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is calling for greater public education about the dangers of prescription drug use.
Impairments in processing and using information that help with decision-making and planning simple tasks such as grocery shopping are linked with one's frequency of alcohol or drug use according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center found that cognitive...
Illicit drug use and abuse have negatively impacted various aspects of society. With the growing number of cases of drug abuse in the workplace, the situation has risen to an alarming level. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), more than 68.9 per cent of all drug...
The number of overdoses from prescription pain killers is on the rise, health experts warn, with users saying opiates are easier to obtain than drugs like ice.
You suspect one of your staff members is regularly turning up to work affected by their drug intake. Or there’s been an incident at work, and an investigation has uncovered that the staff member involved was impaired by alcohol at the time. What do you do?
Alcohol is the “defining social glue” for many young employees, with non-drinkers often excluded in many circles, according to new research by the think tank Demos in Britain.
Arizona is one of five US states with marijuana legalisation on the ballot this northern fall, and the state's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is not happy about it.
Firing an employee who turns up for work while drunk or on drugs might seem like the right thing to do at the time, however hasty decisions could expose employers to substantial legal risk.
Drugs and alcohol in the workplace can have a devastating impact on business operations and expose employers to costly legal claims, therefore it is essential that companies implement a strong drug and alcohol policy to help reduce safety risks and discharge health and safety obligations.
Hangovers cost businesses $3 billion a year in absenteeism and make up for 11.5 million sick days, according to new research from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University.
CONSTRUCTION bosses are calling on the Queensland Government to introduce tough compulsory drug-testing on building sites as employees fear attacks from co-workers hooked on ice.
More truck drivers are being caught driving under the influence of drugs, including ice, prompting a warning from police that a rogue element is threatening public safety on the state's roads.
Tasmanian dairy farmers battling drug use among staff as far north west region sees a rise in illegal drug use
There are concerns an increase in illegal drug use in Tasmania's far north west could be spreading to the dairy industry.
The business benefits of safety often focus on cost avoidance. Companies know that every workplace safety incident incurs both direct costs, like the cost of medical treatment, and indirect costs, like loss of work time and affect on morale.
The next time you’re watching Parliament and wondering if the MPs are drunk, you have a 20% chance of being right according to a poll conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF).