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  • Post-Accident Testing & Those Not-So Obvious Situations

    (November 11, 2020)

    (November 2020) Real Life Incidents: Working Partners® Consortium members receive free phone support and consultation about drug-free workplace (DFWP) issues – a benefit we term “troubleshooting.” Here is a brief description of a troubleshoot and our response/suggestions. Question/Situation We received a call from a new Program Administrator, Tara*, who was looking for clarification about a […]

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  • Confronting the Numbers and Leading with Purpose

    (October 8, 2020)

    (October 2020) New data shows a continued rise in illicit drug use among adults. The 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) found an 11.6% increase in adults’ use of illicit drugs in 2019 over 2018. Additionally, workplace drug test positivity rates reached a 16-year high, according to Quest Diagnostic’s Drug Testing Index. […]

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  • Program enforcement when workers are not in the office

    (September 9, 2020)

    (September 2020) Operating a best-practice, comprehensive drug-free workplace (DFWP) program comes with a lot of rules – which is actually a good thing.  Clearly articulating expectations around alcohol and other drug use increases the likelihood you’ll maintain a safe and productive workforce, free from the effects of substance misuse. But there can be a downside […]

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  • Ohio BWC Reimburses Employers in Select Counties for Operating Drug-Free

    (August 13, 2020)

    (August 2020) Recognizing that a best-practice drug-free workplace is the best way to prevent and respond to substance use in the workplace and support individuals in recovery, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has $15 million to help employers hire, manage and retain employees in recovery. Through the Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety […]

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  • New Synthetic Opioid Causes Rise in Overdose Deaths

    (July 8, 2020)

    (July 2020) The drug isotonitazene, also known as “iso,” has been making headlines as overdose deaths continue to increase. Isotonitazene, a manmade version of the highly potent and addictive opioid etonitazene, is similar in strength to fentanyl and commonly found in pill form. Isotonitazene began being linked to overdose deaths in August 2019 and is […]

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