Posted on March 23rd, 2012

WebMD Health recently reported on the newly released survey of federally mandated "safety-sensitive workers" who must receive pre-employment and random drug and alcohol testing. 

The survey was compiled by Quest Diagnostics, showed some pilots, truck drivers, rail operators, and bus drivers are flunking their drug tests.  The data, collected from 1.6 million drug tests done during 2011 showed a nearly 26% spike in testing positive for amphetamines and a 33% jump in testing positive for cocaine.

These "safety-sensitive workers," who are subject to random drug testing via urine sample, include flight crews, air traffic controllers, ship captains and crew members, subway operators, and locomotive engineers, to name a few.  Whether on the road, rails, water, air, or underground, these workers are put into a distinct category because people count on them to be as clear-headed and alert as possible during their shifts to ensure safety.

These upward trends of substance abuse come on the heels of stricter government drug testing rules, which took effect in October 2010, along with new lower drug testing cutoff levels for substances, such as cocaine and amphetamines.  At the same time, the U.S. Department of Transportation also added a few other substances, including heroin and ecstasy, to its required drug testing list for private and public sector workers in the transportation industry.

Perhaps one encouraging finding from last year's data is that the number of positive drug tests among safety-sensitive workers is lower at 1.7% compared to 4.1% in the general workforce.

To read the full article: Drug Use Amongst Safety-Sensitive Wokers

by Secured Workplace Solutions on March 18th, 2012

The Point Borough School District wants the community to be aware the state recently banned synthetic marijuana, which is being used in Ocean and Monmouth counties.

The district wants parents, as well as students, to understand the dangers of the drug, a chemical version of marijuana, which the state banned on Feb. 29.The Point Borough School District wants the community to be aware the state recently banned synthetic marijuana, which is being used in Ocean and Monmouth counties.

"Synthetic marijuana, also known as 'K2,' 'Spice' and 'Incense,' is the third most commonly abused drug by high school seniors (after marijuana and prescription drugs), according to the 2011 'Monitoring the Future' study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse," the notice says.

"The use of synthetic marijuana has side effects such as violent seizures, dangerously elevated heart rates, anxiety attacks and hallucinations, according to the institute," the notice says.

The NJSBA notice cites the state Attorney General's office as reporting that teens' use of the drug is on the rise and "70 percent of the synthetic marijuana cases last year originated in six of New Jersey's 21 counties: Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth, Morris, Mercer and Atlantic." 

To read the full article: K2/Spice Drug Abuse

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by Secured Workplace Solutions on March 17th, 2012

Pre-employment drug testing is a common condition for a job offer. But once an employee is hired, when is it legal to ask for a drug test at work?

State laws often limit the situations in which an employer can conduct drug testing of current employees. In general, they include situations in which safety is an issue, or when an employer suspects an employee of illegal drug use. In all cases, an employer should have a written drug-testing policy.

Here are three scenarios in which drug testing at work is generally legal:

1. The job requires it, or poses safety risks.

State and federal regulations require workers in certain professions, like airline pilots and commercial truck drivers, to submit to random drug testing during employment.

Jobs with inherent safety risks, like the operation of heavy machinery, may also call for random or periodic drug testing, as specified in a written policy. But some states like California prohibit most types of random drug testing. You may want to check with a local employment attorney to see what the laws are where you live.

To learn about the other 2 scenarios click > Workplace Drug Testing

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by Secured Workplace Solutions on March 16th, 2012

Statistics that show synthetic marijuana is now the third most abused drug by high school seniors nationwide. It’s frightening for parents to think that their kids may be able to buy narcotics at the corner convenience store that could get them just as high as anything they get from a drug dealer.

But the fake stuff made from chemicals might even be more dangerous to the body than the real McCoy? Synthetic marijuana has been sliding past law enforcement for the last few years. Not only that, it’s been available to anyone, including kids, who knows what to look for. It comes in small, colorful bags with brand names such as K2, Spice and Kush. It is often sold in convenience stores and gas stations.

Synthetic drugs like these are a growing as a problem here and nationally, sending more people each year to emergency rooms.

for more on this article read: Synthetic Marijuana