Safety and OSHA News

Number of these workers testing positive for drug use skyrockets

Various safety and medical groups have been warning about the growing prescription drug epidemic in the U.S. for years. A new report shows why there’s no reason to think that any particular group of workers, even those subject to regular drug testing, are immune from this trend.  [Read more…]

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Report: Prescribed meds remain top drug threat in U.S.

Forget marijuana. The real, biggest drug threat in the U.S. comes from legal drugs, according to a new national report.  [Read more…]

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Study: 1 in 10 employees have shown up for work high

Here’s a chilling stat: Almost 10% of workers have admitted to coming to work high.  [Read more…]

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Are employee screens for prescription drugs illegal?

It’s back to a trial court in a lawsuit against a manufacturing company’s employee screens for prescription medications. The company said it was only screening for meds with warnings about operating machinery. Employees say the tests violated federal law.  [Read more…]

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Which state has most long-term opioid use by injured workers?

A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds there’s been little reduction in longer-term opioid use by injured workers since 2008, despite warnings that prescription drug overdoses are now a national epidemic.  [Read more…]

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Worst drug epidemic today

(Infographic) When used responsibly, prescription drugs can help people lead healthier lives. However, when they’re abused, they can be fatal, leading to more deaths in the U.S. than car crashes. An infographic from the National Safety Council lays out the scope of the problem. [Read more…]

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Doctor said, ‘Take this pill’ … So why was he fired after a drug test?

A worker injured himself on the job. The doctor told him to take a Darvocet for pain on the day of the injury. So why did a positive drug test for the Darvocet lead to the employee’s firing? [Read more…]

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