Spotlight

Illness Tied to Marijuana Use on the Rise in States Where the Drug is Legal

Across the country, providers and patients are notating a rise in illnesses associated with prolonged use of marijuana. What is now being identified as cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, or CHS, is caused by heavy, long-term use of various forms of the drug. One man reported having severe abdominal pain and vomiting. His physicians couldn’t find a … Read More

OSHA: Blanket Post-Accident Testing Not Allowed in Drug Policies

OSHA: Blanket Post-Accident Testing Not Allowed in Drug Policies

OSHA began enforcing the new rule on November 1, 2016. Now is the time for employers who have blanket post-accident drug testing policies to revisit their policies to ensure they conform to OSHA’s new requirements. Below we have included information to answer many questions regarding the new rule. If you need assistance reviewing and revising … Read More

Pot Happy or Pot Free?

Pot Happy or Pot Free?

In November at the annual Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association conference, Safety First partner, Quest Diagnostics, announced the results of its drug testing index, which looks at the illicit drug use by U.S. workers. Below are the highlights of the study. The Drug Testing Index is an analysis of test results from three categories of … Read More

Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Heroin & Opioid Awareness Week

Alarming statistics make the rising problem of prescription use notable. For example, in one Southeastern County in six months of this year, 51 people died of heroin overdose, 46 died of fentanyl overdose and 15 died from an overdose of prescription painkillers. It’s important to remember that the problem of addiction rarely starts with heroin; … Read More