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Category: Drugs and Alcohol

Are You NDIS Ready?

Registered NDIS providers must ensure that particular workers have an appropriate check as a mandatory requirement of NDIS provider registration. This guarantees that key personnel and workers in roles delivering specified NDIS supports or specified NDIS services, or with more than incidental contact with people with disability, do not pose...

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A record 30.6 tonnes of Illicit Drugs Seized in Australia in 2017–18*

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/

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Duromine – is this likely to show up in an oral or urine test with the equipment AusHealth uses?

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?

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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How alcohol and drug training improves workplaces

Workplaces have the capacity to improve or worsen substance abuse, a new study has found.

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Blog - The Many Excuses for Positive 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...

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Australia's most dangerous drugs are from the doctors, not the dealers

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is calling for greater public education about the dangers of prescription drug use.

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Deficits in attention and executive functioning linked to frequency of alcohol, 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...

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Drug testing in hospitality and fire security

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...

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800 Australians die per year from prescription drug overdoses, experts say

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.

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Drug testing employees? Make sure you’ve got a policy in place

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?

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Do you have to take a drug test at work?

If your boss wants you to take a drug test do you have to do it? And if your test is positive, can your employment be terminated?

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Alcohol impacts performance, staff feel pressured to drink it

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.

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The fact-check on whether pot is safer than alcohol

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.

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How Women Are Targeted To Drink More

Problematic drinking by women can be overlooked as they do not drink as much, or as often, as men. Yet alcohol has a greater effect on women. For biological reasons women cannot process alcohol as quickly or as efficiently as men.

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Drugs and alcohol at work – a dismissible offence?

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.

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Outrage as 500% more miners caught on ice

A MINING company said the number of workers testing positive to illegal drugs and alcohol has increased 500 per cent since it introduced a new testing program.

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Is it time to review your drug & alcohol policy?

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.

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Hangovers cost Australian business $3 billion a year

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.

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Ice abuse rampant in construction industry, calls for mandatory on-site drug testing

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.

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Jump in number of truck drivers testing positive for ice concerns police

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.

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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.

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How developing a safety culture can help your company’s bottom line

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.

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One In 5 Australian Workers Admits Being Drunk On The Job

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).

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Why drinks, drugs and work don’t mix

Did you know that more than one in 20 Australian workers admit to having worked under the influence of alcohol and almost one in 50 report attending work under the influence of psychoactive drugs?

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