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Just because they’re sold as legal, doesn’t mean they’re safe

By | June 14th, 2015|News|

“Legal highs are chemical compounds that often replicate the effects of illegal drugs. They are called legal highs because they [...]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF CHAIN OF CUSTODY FOR DRUG SAMPLE COLLECTIONS

By | April 17th, 2015|News|

It is essential to have a properly defined, robust procedure in place for drug testing, since the test result must [...]

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The Daily Case – March 2015

By | March 2nd, 2015|News|

Download THE DAILY CASE - March 2015 In this issue: Drug Abuse in the Workplace Is Your Workplace Drug Free? BP [...]

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Drug driving – Roadside drug testing – The new Law

By | February 24th, 2015|News|

From the 2nd March 2015 there will be a noticeable change to the current drug driving laws. There are new limits set for both illegal drugs and also certain prescription medications. The illegal drugs and their limits are: Heroin and diamorphine – 5µg/L LSD – 1µg/L Cocaine – 10µg/L Benzoylecgonine (cocaine) – 50 micrograms per litre of blood (µg/L) Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (cannabis) – 2µg/L Methylamphetamine – 10µg/L MDMA (ecstasy) – 10µg/L Ketamine – 20µg/L […]

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To pee or not to pee? That is the question when drug testing in the workplace

By | January 19th, 2015|News|

Testing employees for illicit drugs in the workplace is an essential procedure when those employees are in safety critical roles. When under the influence of a substance, the safety of your employee and the people around them is compromised. Routine drug testing allows you to monitor your workforce and enables you to be prepared to support your employees should an issue become apparent. In the last 10 years, oral fluid testing has come to the forefront of drug detection in the workplace; however, it is still not as widely used as the more accepted method of urine testing. So how do you know which one to use in your business? […]

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How do you solve a problem like Legal Highs?

By | January 7th, 2015|News|

For a drug to be covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the drug’s unique chemical structure is defined. Can you see the loophole? In order to make a drug legal, you just need to alter the structure enough so that it is not covered by the legalities. Change the structure a little and you still get the same high without making it illegal. In some cases you can even make it more potent! Ignoring the challenges that the chemists will encounter during synthesis, it’s a theoretically, simple alteration that can be utilised for a number of years. Taking Mephedrone as an example, it was “rediscovered” in 2003 (originally synthesised in 1929) and its use was widespread in Europe by the late 2000s. […]

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Drug and alcohol addiction In the workplace

By | December 4th, 2014|News|

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Why effective training Is important

By | December 4th, 2014|News|

Facts 2.9 million people use illegal drugs in UK. 1.9 million people are addicted to alcohol. 9 in 100 are men and 4 in 100 are women. 1.5 million people are addicted to prescribed drugs. 2.2% (in the ages between 15 and 64) use cocaine. 6.8% (in the ages between 15 and 64) regularly use cannabis. An estimated 1 million UK workers have attended work under the influence of drugs; 15% of the UK workforce has been drunk while at work and 200,000 have attended work with a hangover. […]

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