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Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Thomastown and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

Cocaine on the rise

While there’s a lot of attention in the media on the drug ICE, other drugs are also causing issues in our communities and workplaces, including cocaine. Recently, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) highlighted that there’s a lot of speculation

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Drugs and alcohol in the workplace not just an employer’s concern

Many businesses around Australia are decreasing their health and safety risks by implementing management programs that aim to reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol in their workplaces. But a safe workplace is not just an employer’s responsibility. Ultimately, every

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The bad, the ugly and the very ugly of random drug testing in Victoria

With around 1 in 10 drivers failing random drug testing on Victoria’s roadsides, you’d think the news just couldn’t get any uglier. But when you look at some of the individual cases, perhaps you’d disagree. Alleged ICE affected truck driver

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Fentanyl misuse on the rise

If you think illicit drugs such as ICE, cocaine and heroin are the major contributors to accidental overdose deaths in Australia, you’d be wrong. In fact, they’re not even close. In 2014 alone, prescription medications were responsible for 69% of

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Drug testing in Tasmania kicking goals

We know that random drug testing in Tasmania is carried out on our roadsides and in our workplaces, but now there are calls to implement it in local football! According to ABC News, the calls for random drug testing in

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Can you refuse random drug testing at work?

After a big weekend with mates, where you consumed a few beers and took ICE, you rock up to work on Monday morning feeling a little under the weather and tired. If you were honest with yourself, you’re probably still

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What’s your decision on workplace alcohol testing?

Consider the below real life examples from the Alcohol and Drug Foundation website, of two employees and their experience with workplace alcohol testing and claims of unfair dismissal. If you were their boss, which of these employees would you dismiss

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Hemp and workplace drug testing is food for thought

There has been a lot of debate in recent years over medicinal cannabis and its legalisation in Australia, now it’s the turn of close relative, hemp. The sale of low THC hemp seed foods will soon be permitted in this

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What’s your drug and alcohol policy Victoria?

One of the questions we frequently get asked is about drug and alcohol policy development, and specifically, how do I develop a drug and alcohol policy for my Victorian or Australian business? Fair enough, as it can be a daunting

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Opioids such as codeine not a good choice for chronic pain

If you’ve had chronic back pain or other long term pain in the past 30 years of so, chances are you were prescribed or taken over the counter opioid medication such as codeine to treat the pain. Now a study

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