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16 Sep 2014

We can all imagine situations in which a drunk or high employee can endanger the lives or working conditions of their coworkers and themselves. We can all imagine situations in which heavy machinery is being operated by someone whose reflexes, judgment, or spatial abilities have been compromised. We can all picture a crane operator accidentally dumping a pile of bricks on a group of people. It is easy to envision things like this happening when we think of drug related work accidents.

However, there are other fields in which the results can be really horrible, as well. Child care centres can feature lost children, abused children, or neglected children. And, as for the animal care centres, this can include anything...

12 Sep 2014

Okay, we arrive at another article on romantic or other relationship breakups, and how this seems to inevitably lead to the over consumption and possible habit formation of alcohol. Well, most of us have been there. Many of us have experienced the intense, lightning pain of total rejection at the hands of someone we were in love with, or the absence of phone calls from someone we thought was our friend.

It becomes almost physically painful, at some point. It is not enough that they stomped on your heart and your feelings. Now, they are attacking your body. It can feel like this is the final straw before the camel’s back is truly broken, and you either lash out or “lash in,” so to speak. If you don’t end up...

11 Sep 2014

In the legendary tale of Alice in Wonderland, Alice scorns the idea of believing in impossible things. The Queen replies by saying that she guessed that Alice really hadn’t had much practice. She goes on to say, “Why, I sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

When you look at the history of humankind, you can easily see that it wasn’t just one giant leap from inventing the wheel to I-Pads and laptops. There was a lot of believing in impossible things along the way….things which, eventually, grew into reality.

There was a time when workers didn’t have as many rights and privileges as they do today, and there was a time when employers would not be entirely sure if their...

10 Sep 2014

The world is becoming more complicated every day as the digital revolution continues to evolve. The Internet has made research virtually instantaneous, and thus, has made business faster than ever. It seems at times that there is virtually no separation between working and not working. People are constantly working hard to further their careers by putting in extra effort to stand out; if they don’t, they fear that they will be overtaken by someone else who is putting in that extra effort. Thus, it’s virtually mandatory now to be working beyond the traditional 8A-4P, 9A-5P, 10A-6P time frames. This leads to all new types of stress factors not really present in the workplace of previous generations.

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09 Sep 2014

Most people have taken a statistics class at some point in their school career, but the reality is that after school the statistical learning often stops. When drug and alcohol testing companies like CMM Technology mention random testing, there is a good chance many workers have forgotten what the statistical method entails.

Employers, on the other hand, understand what random testing means. However, the ones who try to stay current on the latest research on drugs and alcohol are bound to run into terms that have little meaning.

Understanding the basics of sampling gives employers the tools needed to intelligently respond to staff questions, whilst recognising commonly used research terms makes the information in...

08 Sep 2014

Ecstasy can make people become more affectionate. Speed can make people feel more energetic. GHB has euphoric qualities. Depressants can produce feelings of contentment. These are all valid effects of illicit drugs, and if that is all that was revealed, it would lead to a person believing they are beneficial. Who does not want to feel affectionate, energetic, euphoric, or content?

However, these descriptions are the typically self-servings drug effects that substance abusers pick and choose to describe why they feel the need to use a particular illicit substance. What about the person who was once friendly and took part in all the social activities and bit by bit becomes withdrawn, if not anti-social? Studies of...

20 Aug 2014
Do you remember, when you were a kid, dreading even the smallest amount of pain? Whether it was taking off a bandage or getting your blood drawn at the doctor’s office, there was such a huge fear of pain that you would do just about anything to not feel it? As you grew up, and experienced more pain, both in the body and in the heart, you became accustomed to it or unafraid of it because you understood it better.

It never meant that you did not feel pain, but it meant that you knew the proper context of the pain with regard to the surrounding circumstances.

When you entered the business world, you saw that some people were fired and experienced a great deal of pain until they were suitably (and for...

19 Aug 2014
So, you have implemented drug screening in your business, and have the good sense to check out Mediscreen’s onsite drug testing and alcohol testing services, and you have all of your drug screening needs take care of. You are strong and safe in your decisions, and everything is going okay.

Now what? What do you do now that you have everything set up, and after you have run through the process several times?

First of all, if you have not yet experienced workplace drug testing with Mediscreen, go ahead and wait until you’ve done a few rounds of testing with us, first. Make sure that you understand all of the information presented in our reports, and that you can read them fully and accurately. During this time, feel free to contact us...

18 Aug 2014
The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 names three pillars representing strategies to reduce drug consumption in Australia. Topping the list as Pillar 1 is “supply reduction.” Pillar 2 is “demand reduction” and Pillar 3 is “harm reduction.”1 It is notable that reducing the supply of drugs is first because some people claim that convincing people to stop using drugs will eventually lead to the supply drying up. There may be some truth to that theory because the drug trade is a matter of supply and demand economics. However, given the extent of drug use amongst Australians, it is difficult to reduce drug usage when the drugs are so easily available. Recovering addicts must deal with a society where illicit drugs are plentiful....

16 Aug 2014

As children, we are often exhorted to never run with scissors. The implication of this is that if we trip and fall while running, we could cut our face or other places on our body when we hit the floor. Does that make a child completely safe, though?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes “dangerous playgrounds” for children, and discusses whether or not danger can add to the child’s growth and development. The argument in favor of this is that children will learn if they are exposed to danger to be more careful. However, if they never encounter fire or falling or serious bodily injuries, they do not necessarily know what is dangerous and what is not. They also do not know where their limits are...