OSHA’s Final Rule

        OSHA’s final rule focuses on improving safety for workers across the country. The rule, which goes into effect on August 10th, requires employers to establish “reasonable procedure” for employee reporting of work-related injuries and illnesses. Under … Read More

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You

    At least when it comes to advancements in technology. Technology can help increase business efficiency and streamline your business, but with so many types of technologies to chose from it can be tricky to determine which will actually … Read More

Professions with the Highest Rates of Drug Abuse

Addiction is not uncommon in any occupation, and a focus on employee heath and wellbeing is necessary in all industries. Still, rates of drug abuse and addiction are higher in some industries than others. There are many factors that help … Read More

It’s Alcohol Awareness Month!

In 2014 an estimated 55,000 adolescents received treatment for an alcohol problem. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, minors use alcohol more frequently than all other illicit drugs combined. In an effort to combat underage alcohol … Read More

What Not to Ask

As an employer, it’s important to know the signs of substance abuse. You want a workplace without drug and alcohol abuse, but substance abuse is a sensitive topic. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits companies with 15 or more employees … Read More

Policy Response to Opioid Epidemic

Over the past several decades our understanding of opioid addiction has changed. We now know that opioid addiction is a brain disease, brought about by chronic exposure to opioids. Repeated exposure to opioids causes the brain to adapt in ways … Read More

Substance Use in America

Earlier this year the Obama administration announced plans to ask congress to spend an additional $1.1 billion next year to fight the epidemic of prescription painkiller and heroin abuse plaguing our country. This money would be used to crack down … Read More

The New Heroin

Fentanyl is the more potent, lethal cousin of heroin, and because it offers a higher high for a cheaper price, fentanyl is quickly becoming a big problem across the United States. Fentanyl is a synthetic painkiller up to fifty times more … Read More

New Warning Labels for Opioid Prescriptions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 25,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose in 2014. Since 2007, our country has seen more than 15,000 prescription opioid overdose deaths each year. For many, pain medications that doctors … Read More

A Brief History of Drug Testing

In the 1980’s a Conrail train crashed into an Amtrak passenger train, killing sixteen people. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that both the Conrail engineer and train operator had been smoking marijuana at the time of the accident and … Read More