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  • Seeing addiction in a new light

    (January 13, 2021)

    (January 2021) When someone is addicted to drugs, we often assume it is their fault, but it may be time to rethink this idea. The stigma that surrounds addiction (also known as substance use disorder) is endless. For many, the word “addiction” correlates to emotions, beliefs, experiences and images with negative connotations. This stigma is […]

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  • Don’t forget about employees’ mental health during pandemic

    (December 9, 2020)

    (December 2020) Employees are the backbone of any organization.  Without them being healthy, knowledgeable and able to perform their jobs, it’s difficult to be successful.  So even as employers are focused on surviving the economic havoc 2020 is wreaking, attention must still be paid to the safety, health and productivity of the workforce. Not only […]

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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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