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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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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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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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Random drug testing makes budget headlines

One of the more newsworthy (and controversial) announcements in the recent 2017 Budget is a plan to trial random drug testing for Newstart and Youth Allowances recipients in targeted areas. The 2-year trial will see 5000 new recipients of the

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Binge drinking a concern or an Aussie alcohol rite of passage?

Most of us Aussies love a drink of alcohol. For many, alcohol is with us when we relax after a tough day, when we enjoy the company of friends and forms a key part of our social make-up. But what

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Is the ICE Wars message overblown?

There has been plenty of media attention on the drug ICE over the last several years, highlighting just how insidious the drug is. This attention has ramped up recently with the series ICE Wars airing on the ABC, which shows

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Drug testing using your toilet? It’s happening in Tasmania too!

Drug testing using your toilet? It may sound somewhat bizarre and unbelievable but it’s true. According to The Mercury, authorities in Tasmania are conducting drug testing using wastewater at five unnamed locations across the state. At this stage the program

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Fentanyl misuse widespread

It’s possibly not a drug you’ve even heard of, but its use is becoming more widespread. It’s name? Fentanyl. What is fentanyl? According to the Australian Drug Foundation, fentanyl is a depressant, which means it slows the messages travelling between

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7 most popular drug and alcohol posts for 2016

In 2016, we published over 70 posts on drug and alcohol topics, including posts on workplace drug and alcohol testing, drug and alcohol awareness, and drug and alcohol support. So which of these posts have been the most popular and

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Drug and alcohol abuse fills Victorian hospitals in Festive Season

While Christmas and the New Year period is a joyous, happy and relaxing time for many people, for Victoria’s medical personnel it can be an extremely busy time, as the number of emergencies involving drug and alcohol abuse soars. A

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