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The 4 key problems with POC devices when testing for substance misuse at work

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 15, 2018

While still a relatively new addition to laboratory diagnostics, point-of-care (POC) testing has evolved remarkably in the last few years. The principle for workplace drug testing devices is the same as an over-the-counter pregnancy test, and the issues are similar too.

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Wilful Blindness: Why are companies shying away from workplace drug testing?

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 8, 2018

Many businesses underestimate just how widespread substance abuse is. Around 1 in 12 adults aged 16 – 59 have used drugs in the last year. When we narrow the demographic to 16 – 24 years, that figure rises to 1 in 5.

The fact that 30 million of us also consume alcohol on a frequent basis means your business is probably already affected by substance use, whether you know it or not.

This has legal implications under Common Law and The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, The Transport and Works Act of 1992 and The Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. The Health and Safety at Work Act makes it illegal, for instance, to knowingly allow an employee who is ‘under the influence’ to continue their working day.

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“Trial for change”: How hair testing for alcohol and drug can help in family court cases

Posted by John Wicks on Feb 1, 2018

The welfare of children is paramount in family courts, and these principles are enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

The only UN member state not to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the US - so, it is perhaps odd that we looked to the US’s adoption of specialist drug courts for inspiration to improve family court outcomes for children.

The FDAC began in January 2008 and replaces traditional care proceedings. It supports parents with overcoming entrenched substance use problems that have triggered the proceedings, taking a problem-solving approach to an issue that has historically seen punitive action take centre stage. It literally tests parents’ motivation to change, by regularly testing to see if they have used alcohol or drugs.

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5 key takeaways from the NSPCC's FED UP (Family Environment: Drug Using Parents) report

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Jan 25, 2018

Every year, the social work sector sees the publication of numerous invaluable reports, research and insights. Q4 2017 was no different, as our recent round-up shows - and one of the quarter’s most fascinating reports came from the NSPCC.

Supporting Families Where Parents Have Substance Misuse Problems: Final Evaluation Of Our FED UP Service evaluates the experiences of the 59 parents and 253 children who took part in the Family Environment: Drug Using Parents (FED UP) programme between 2011 and 2015.  

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Holding the ACEs: How do Adverse Childhood Experiences impact people’s adult lives?

Posted by John Wicks on Jan 22, 2018

In the 1990s, the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) discovered a childhood exposure which dramatically increases the likelihood of negative physical and mental health outcomes in later life.

This exposure contributes to a whole array of social, personal and health problems among individuals affected. In high levels, it stifles social, emotional and cognitive development and hormonal systems; it can even alter the person’s very DNA.

What the CDC identified wasn’t an agent or a chemical, it was what they termed Adverse Childhood Experiences (or ACEs for short). ACEs are generally categorised into three groups: abuse, neglect, and family/household challenges.

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