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COVID-19 | Dr John Edwards, Drug and Alcohol Testing Toxicology Update

This is a time of great social anxiety and fear. Being in a confined environment, being under stress and maybe having concerns around one's future, financials, security or work — these are all factors that pose considerable risk for vulnerable people.

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Australians Spending $9.3 BILLION on Drugs.

A record $9.3 BILLION was spend on Drugs in Australia with 30.6 tonnes of Illicit Drugs were seized in 2017–18. Sadly Australia’s Annual Overdose Report reveals 1600 people died from unintentional overdose, up 40% from 2016-17.

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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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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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