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Increased sensitivity of hair alcohol test for abstinence assessment

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Topics: Alcohol testing, Accreditation, Drug testing

Hair Drug Testing Results in 3 days

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Drug abuse and drug testing

Drug abuse is often a hidden and denied problem that is evidenced by problem behaviours rather than overt drug taking.

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Topics: Workplace Drug Testing, Resources, Hair drug testing

2013 BASW Cymru Social Work Awards

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We at Cansford are delighted to have sponsored the 'Winner of the 2013 Innovative Social Work Award' category in these awards.

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Topics: News

Drug use in England - statistics.

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Statistics regarding drug use by region in England (young people) - some facts and figures on drugs misuse from 1996 - 2013

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Topics: Editorials

What drugs kill the most people in the UK?

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Here is a list that was published in the Guardian on what drugs kill the most people in the United Kingdom.
At Cansford we mostly see people tested for drugs like cocaine and heroin, but when you consider the amount of deaths related to alcohol it really does suggest that this is a big issue too.
Since this report was published we would guess cocaine use may have reduced a little due to people feeling the pinch financially, and with cheaper alternatives on the rise.
All in all, this type of list gives a broad view of the potential of drug use leading to fatalities, and even though cannabis use is prevalent in the UK it has relatively few deaths associated with it.

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Topics: Did you know?

Alcohol an increasing problem for Children under 11

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What we think...

This latest BBC story highlights the issue of alcohol abuse in young children but maybe we shouldn’t separate Alcohol from Drugs. I suspect that the same age group is having problems with drugs as well. And why wouldn’t they copy older teenagers and young adults in their community? It is a natural part of growing up.

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Topics: In the press...

Rational choices and drug taking.

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Someone forwarded this article to me recently from the New York Times and it hit a nerve.

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Does your organisation have a drug testing policy?

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Do you have a drug testing policy in place within your organisation? If the answer is ‘no’ then this is really the place to start. We have a sample that you can download and here are some hints and tips that may well help too:

  • In our experience, between 3% and 5% of people in the workforce use illegal substances i.e. drugs. So, if you have 100 staff that you could test, it is likely you will find a number of people have used drugs. As such, you should prepared for that result.
  • When it comes to drug tests at work, you should consider the outcome you are seeking before you begin. If you want to, for instance, prevent people from working heavy machinery ‘under the influence’ then using an oral fluid test or a urine test will be sufficient as it tends to pick up recent usage.
  • If you want to know if members of staff have used drugs within the past few months, hair testing will be the option to choose. This is particularly relevant when considering employee performance.
  • Drug testing, if not already conducted within the organisation, will often cause people to raise eyebrows and concerns about the concept. As such, gaining employee agreement and even planning to conduct the ‘performance related’ tests in future by e.g. 3 or 6 months, could allay concerns. This way any casual drug user could change their ways and still comply.
  • Is all drug use to be stamped out? This is down to the nature of the culture of your organisation. Alcohol is a legal drug and could potentially cause considerable harm as well as leading to performance issues longer term as well. Know what you are getting into when choosing to test for illegal drug use.
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Topics: Did you know?

Drug and Alcohol screening in the workplace is like 'a gate'.

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You may like to think about drug and alcohol screening in the workplace in terms of a ‘gate’.

When people enter the workplace, you want to make sure they are fit for the job. This is especially true when people have to operate heavy machinery. As such, a drug (including alcohol) test on the morning before they start work acts like a ‘gate’ - if you pass, you enter. If not, you may simply be sent home and you can return the next day to ‘try again’.

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Topics: Workplace Drug Testing

Wales drugs body chief backs workplace drugs testing

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Wynford Ellis Owen, chief executive of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs was on BBC Radio Wales yesterday talking about workplace drug testing and how it appears that many employers seem to be ignoring the issue. And how they do not seem to know how to recognize when someone has a drugs problem.

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Topics: In the press...