Are You Unknowingly Contributing to Your Child’s Teen Drug Use?

November 17, 2014 1 comment

You had the drug talk with your kids, but did you have the right one? If you only spoke to your children about the more common illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy, your talk may not have been enough.

In addition to the drugs listed above, there is another type of drug use that is becoming quite popular with teens: prescription drug abuse. Just like traditional teen drug use, prescription drug abuse involves teens using prescription drugs they find around their own houses and the houses of their friends in order to get high.
ARCpoint Labs of Worcester is sharing what you need to know about teens and prescription drug abuse.

Does your School Need a Drug Awareness Team?

Think your teens don’t have easy access to drugs and alcohol? Think again. Drug use isn’t just for homeless junkies anymore. Even bright, young teens from nice neighborhoods and loving families are jumping on the bandwagon. They are buying it from their friends or from social media, and they aren’t undergoing drug testing. Today’s teens find it easier to get drugs and alcohol these days than parents realize, but since teens don’t often receive drug testing, their drug use can easily stay under the radar.

Many school administrators and city officials across the country are growing increasingly concerned with the widespread availability of drugs and alcohol, and not just because teens are abusing these substances — sometimes, teacher drug use is an issue, too. These administrators aren’t just worrying about it, though. They are doing something about it.

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School Drug Testing: Necessary For Teachers?

You may have heard of academic drug and alcohol testing for students and athletes — but did you know that some school districts are extending their drug testing programs to include teachers?

After a teacher in Oklahoma made headlines for appearing intoxicated and pantsless during her first day on the job, many concerned parents expressed dismay that more was not done to screen applicants for troubling behaviors. Alcohol and drug testing for teachers and school staff can address these liabilities.

Here are the details on nationwide academic drug testing programs that include staff members — and what a similar program could do if implemented in Worcester.

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Maine Requiring Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

Some Maine residents are now subject to drug testing, thanks to Republican Governor Paul LePage’s decision to implement drug testing for certain welfare recipients.

Welfare reform is at the center of LePage’s campaign for re-election, and he hopes the regulation his administration has unveiled will instill more self-sufficiency among its citizens.

ARCpoint Labs of Worcester is sharing what the program entails and how it compares to other states’ drug testing policies.

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More Workplace Drug Testing Mistakes to Avoid

In our last post, we outlined three major drug testing mistakes that businesses make. Now, we’re exploring three more errors we’ve seen companies commit, so that your drug testing program is done right.

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Are You Committing These Workplace Drug Testing Errors? (Part 1)

October 10, 2014 1 comment

If your company has a drug testing policy, you should be commended — but only if you’re also sure that your policy follows drug testing best practices. If not, you might be unknowingly employing workers who are using drugs or abusing alcohol, which can affect workplace costs and safety.

We’re sharing some drug testing errors to avoid when designing or implementing your workplace drug testing program.

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Why Drug Testing is Now More Important Than Ever

If you’re an HR manager, CEO, or small business owner, listen up: you can’t keep putting off your workplace drug testing program.

Whether you’ve been avoiding employment drug testing as a cost cutting measure or you simply don’t find it necessary to drug test your workforce, it’s time to reconsider your position. New research shows that positive drug tests are on the rise.

ARCpoint Labs of Worcester is sharing the results of the report — and what it means for your workplace.

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