A leading provider of workplace drug tests unfairly sacked an employee because she refused to take a drug test after allegations from a feuding neighbour.
Employee refused workplace test by Dorevitch because it's wouldn't have met basic industry standards. The details of this case should provide cause for employers to reconsider their reliance on drug testing to manage risk. See yesterday's related post: http://sco.lt/5eoWKv
With the NSW government set to deliver an independent review of its divisive lockout laws, a new report reveals a dramatic reduction in assaults in Kings Cross and that rates of business closures have been drastically exaggerated
More coverage of FARE Australia's report, challenging alcohol industry claims of the impacts of the NSW measures on business. See related coverage: http://sco.lt/8IoYqn.
A trial giving heroin users' family members and friends a drug to prevent overdoses has been hailed a success, and may even reduce overall heroin use, WA researchers say.
Coverage of the NDRI evaluation of WASUA's naloxone program. Another great eample of the importance of peer distribution in preventing overdose deaths and injuries. You can see the full report here: http://sco.lt/5pFpSr.
FORMER ice addicts are visiting schools to tell children aged just seven years old about their experiences with crystal methamphetamine.
We can appreciate the good intentions behind this initiative but there is abundant research demonstrating that this sort of approach does not work and can, in fact, increase the likelihood of future use. This is not the way to protect our children.
CONCERNS drug abuse is a growing problem in Tasmanian workplaces has moved the states peak business body to ask its members for the first time about illicit substance and alcohol use.
It's important to remember that workplace drug testing is not (on its own) a solution. It may help employers manage immediate risk but does nothing to address the factors driving employees' AOD use. As with schools and other institutions, businesses need practical supports (such as clear links to appropriate treatment and support services) for responding to the often complex needs of their employees.
There is a potential for significant harm in Australia if we don't have adequate systems in place to monitor our drug markets and respond rapidly when specific dangers are detected.
Nice response by Stephen Bright and Monica Barratt on the latest round of media hysteria, making a clear call for evidence based (as opposed to fear driven) responses to actual harm. You can see our comments on recent coverage here: http://sco.lt/9KqrMv,http://sco.lt/8jZEjB.
Dark clouds hung over smoking as a likely risky activity long before the watershed case control studies on smoking and lung cancer were published in 1950 by Doll and Hill (on British smokers) and Wynder…
Simon Chapman on why he doesn't support the promotion of e-cigarettes as a harm reduction measure.
With recreational marijuana on the ballot, some worry that big business will transform the way pot is grown, distributed and sold.
There's already plenty of evidence that Big Tobacco (and other industries) are seeking to control the emerging legal cannabis market. In the context of law reform, it becomes a commodity like any other and subject to the same market forces, which are not necessarily consistent with the public good.
Plenty of professionals in stressful jobs enjoy a drink. Some will occasionally binge, and small proportion may become alcohol dependent. But the risk to life and limb presented to the public by, say, a drunk journalist or lawyer is very low, providing he or she doesn’t do something daft such as driving. At the other extreme, bus and train drivers, ship’s officers and airline pilots are responsible for many lives.
Simon Calder asks if alcohol bans will improve safety, or discourage pilots from seeking assistance. Similar questions could be asked of other industries relying on workplace testing as a risk management strategy. See today's related post: http://sco.lt/6vpYTR.
In a brief moment alone between the hugs, tender words and tears, Cherie Short tips her head back and looks up towards the heavens. Ahhh. The sigh slips out.
One of thousands of events that will be happening around the world today to remember those lost to overdose, the families left behind and advocate for action to prevent future overdose deaths and injuries. For information on events near you, see the OAD website: http://www.overdoseday.com/.
The Swedish government has launched an inquiry into why Sweden has among the highest number of drug-related deaths in the EU despite its zero-tolerance policy.
International evidence indicates that the high death rate (particularly from overdose) is a direct result of Sweden's 'zero tolerance' policy. The way forward is clear: a greater focus on harm reduction
Greens propose pill testing trial, saying it will save lives.
A predictable response from the libs, but a little puzzling from Labor, given yesterday's commitment to discussing the merits of decriminalisation: http://sco.lt/7qtZ2n. Monica Barratt (as ever) provides a voice of reason (and research evidence) in response to ideological opposition.
DRINKING alcohol at home is the most dangerous place to enjoy a beverage.
Highlighting a range of research that identifies the need for a policy approach that doesn't just address public drinking, but the range of harms associated with alcohol consumed at home. See today's related coverage: http://sco.lt/5y2ZLl.
AN urgent campaign to promote the lifesaving qualities of overdose reversal drug naloxone has been called for in the wake of data showing a surge of accidental deaths linked to prescription painkillers.
Good to see public attention being drawn to the impacts of the withdrawal of naloxone minijets (the most accessible, affordable option currently available) from the Australian market. This will also be addressed at tomorrow's CREIDU colloqium. For more details (or to register) see the website: https://www.burnet.edu.au/events/200_creidu_colloquium Thanks to VAADA for making the content of this article available from behind the NewsLtd paywall.
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