Quarterly Newsletter

  • Medical Marijuana Access

    Medical marijuana is coming, but will patients be able to access it?

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) On September 8, 2018, Ohio House Bill 523 – allowing for the use of medical marijuana – will go into effect.  But just because the law passed, doesn’t mean that employees will have carte blanch to use medical marijuana. Every Ohio employer needs to decide what will be their stance on having employees […]

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  • CBD Oil

    CBD Oil: It’s Complicated

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) Products containing CBD oil are flooding the market. They’re being sold online, by health food stores, in vape shops and at some grocery stores. CBD oil is touted as somewhat of a cure-all for conditions from pain to anxiety, and it’s being added to a gamut of items from beauty products to beer. […]

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  • Marijuana Questions

    What’s the deal with marijuana anyway?

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) Our society is at a tipping point of changing our relationship with our country’s most widely abused illegal drug – marijuana.  There are so many things moving so fast. It is hard to know what to think. More than an exercise in debate, marijuana’s ever-changing state is a real situation with real implications […]

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  • Opioid Epidemic Costs

    Understanding the opioid epidemic’s economic costs

    (June 22, 2018)

    (Summer 2018) The nation is in the midst of an opioid epidemic.  And let’s face it, its an expensive epidemic.  A recent report found that from 2001 to 2017 the opioid epidemic has cost one trillion dollars. That’s a one with 12 zeros – 1,000,000,000,000.  Or, put another way, converting the cost into seconds it […]

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  • Ohio Businesses Medical Marijuana

    Ohio Businesses’ Medical Marijuana Decision Impacted by Outside Forces

    (March 30, 2018)

    (Spring 2018) Ohio’s deadline for having its medical marijuana system up and running is September 8, 2018.  Before this date, employers need to determine and declare where their company stands in relation to allowing employees to use marijuana as medicine.*  Ohio employers may choose to prohibit or accommodate employee use.  And though challenging, there will […]

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  • Eight Elements

    Eight elements every drug-free workplace policy should include. Does yours?

    (March 30, 2018)

    (Spring 2018) The best approach for you, as an employer, to prevent and respond to alcohol and other drug issues in your workplace is to incorporate all five elements of a drug-free workplace program – policy/operations, employee education, supervisor training and employee assistance. Operating a drug-free workplace program requires you to navigate both legal issues […]

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  • Ups and Downs of Illicit Drug Use

    The Ups and Downs of Illicit Drug Use for Employers

    (March 30, 2018)

    (Spring 2018)  The national attention being given to the misuse of heroin and prescription pain medications (central nervous system depressants or “down” drugs) is unprecedented – and rightly so. The rate of fatal opioid overdose deaths was five times higher in 2016 than 1999, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) attributes overdose […]

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  • Changes to Department of Transportation Drug Testing Policies

    Changes to Department of Transportation Drug Testing Policies

    (January 5, 2018)

    (Winter 2017) Have you heard the news?  The Department of Transportation (DOT) now requires the inclusion of four synthetic opioids for all mandated drug tests. The new rule took effect on January 1, 2018, and, among other things, expands the substances being tested for in their 5-panel drug test: (changes bolded): Amphetamines (Adderall® Dexedrine®, methamphetamine) […]

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  • Ohio Leaders Recognize Business' Important Role in Opioid Battle

    Ohio Leaders Recognize Business’ Important Role in Opioid Battle

    (January 5, 2018)

    (Winter 2017) The opioid epidemic we are facing is so pervasive it will not be fixed by a single, or even several, legislative bills or approaches – even within a single state.  Borrowing from the infamous African proverb, “It takes a village …,” it will take the efforts from numerous entities and organizations, e.g., statewide […]

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  • Operating a Successful Second Chance Policy and Program

    Operating a Successful Second Chance Policy and Program

    (January 5, 2018)

    (Winter 2017) Employers across the country are feeling the effects of an unprecedented four-year increase in the number of positive workplace drug tests. Not being able to find workers and the threat of losing seasoned employees due to substance use has forced many employers to consider or reevaluate their willingness to offer a second chance […]

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