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Cocaine and Alcohol Combined

Cocaine and Alcohol Combined

The UK has always had a serious alcohol problem, what hapens when cocaine and alcohol are combined? Binge drinking culture is rampant to this day, with UK citizens being drunk more often than any other country. As most know, the party context within which cocaine is often used means many consume the drug alongside alcohol; over half of cocaine users do, in recent studies. The problem here is significant. When cocaine is consumed alongside alcohol, both of the substances are metabolised at the same time in the body’s liver. When this happens, cocaethylene is formed. When this accrues inside us, it can pose a serious & direct threat to the function of our cardiovascular systems.

What is the level of drug use in the UK really like?

What is the level of drug use in the UK really like?

We often get asked “what is the level of drug use in the UK really like?”. It has been shown that workplace drinkers are more likely to be men than women, managers rather than their staff and single as apposed to being married. Alcoholism and drug dependence can lead to lowered productivity within the workplace, with increased levels of absenteeism and sick leave, accidents and injuries, including fatal accidents and even premature deaths. Substance abuse is linked to 60% of all poor performances and 40% of industrial accidents at work. 83% of employees who have had a hangover at work admit that it affected their productivity, 33% admit to having gone to work with a hangover, and 22% admit to having made mistakes at work because of a hangover.

Dangerous driving link to heavy drug users

Dangerous driving link to heavy drug users

Running red lights, driving at high speeds, crossing center lines into the other lanes, getting into accidents and even hitting pedestrians. A new study found these were some of the dangerous driving behaviors of regular, heavy users (4 or 5 times per week) of recreational weed who began using before the age of 16. Here's the catch: users drove this badly even when they were no longer “high”. At the time of driving experience, the marijuana group had not used for at least 12 hrs. Despite having little THC in their system, heavy users consistently performed worse on driving tasks than non-users. This can result in them making critical, dangerous mistakes. And when they looked at the cannabis users & separated those into early (before age 16) versus later onset of use, almost exclusively these differences between the 2 groups were attributed to the early onset group.

Nitrous oxide slows down your brain

Nitrous oxide slows down your brain

“This is what 150kg of Nitrous Oxide waste gas canisters looks like - all picked up from 500m of Brighton beach one Sunday morning last summer (& there was another few tonnes of other litter too) & 4.5kgs of waste single-use plastic balloons.” Nitrox oxide cannisters sold for use in coffee machines to produce the frothy cream are also used as an easy to purchase “legal” (illegal) high. The Nitros Oxide, Laughing Gas, Habit Is Damaging Our Environment Birds are getting sick from swallowing balloons and beaches are littered with canisters. Nitrous oxide, is among the top 10 most used drugs worldwide, according to the 2019 Global Drug Survey. It’s also the second most commonly used recreational drug in England and Wales after cannabis.

185 drivers failed roadside drug tests

185 drivers failed roadside drug tests

Police Scotland say 185 drivers failed roadside drug tests during their festive campaign. For the 1st time officers were able to test for drugs at the roadside. Drug tests for cannabis & cocaine resulted in 185 positive results from 480 drivers stopped. Almost 600 motorists breathalysed between 1 Dec-2 Jan were under the influence of drink/drugs. A total of 8687 drivers were stopped over the period, with 580 of those ....

Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week

Charity Alcohol Change UK have announced Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) 2019 will take place from 11-17 November. Are you / your workplace doing anything to support and promote Alcohol Awareness Week?

Drug Deaths Have Risen Sharply In England And Wales

Drug Deaths Have Risen Sharply In England And Wales

Official figures show that drug deaths have risen sharply in England and Wales, reaching record numbers last year. A total of 4,359 people died due to drug poisoning last year, this includes accidental overdoses and suicides from medicinal drugs, as well as illicit drug use.

Random Drug Testing For Love Island Contestants

Random Drug Testing For Love Island Contestants

So drug testing has hit the news again – this time it is random testing on contestants for the hit ITV show – Love Island. It has been widely reported that many of the 2019 Love Island contestants have now been ‘axed after failing to pass surprise drug tests’ ahead of the new series airing in June 2019.

4 Reasons To Carry Out Random Drug & Alcohol Testing In the Workplace

4 Reasons To Carry Out Random Drug & Alcohol Testing In the Workplace

4 Reasons To Carry Out Random Drug & Alcohol Testing In the Workplace Random drugs and alcohol testing is successfully carried out by Police forces worldwide and contributes to the overall safety of our roads and communities. As an Employer, just one employee under the influence can cause a ripple effect of risk across your entire workforce. So here are 4 reasons why you should consider including random drug and alcohol testing as part of your workplace drug testing program, or organisational drug testing program.

Not All Testing Kits Are The Same

Not All Testing Kits Are The Same

Not All Testing Kits Are The Same. In every industry, choosing the right tools for the job and using them in the right manner, is the best way to ensure quality, efficiency and delivering the best results. It is no different when it comes to drug testing in the workplace, or any other environment. How do you know which kit to choose? When choosing which kits to use for your workplace drug testing program, or other drug testing program, the choice should not simply be on price. You should

Masking Agents/Adulteration

Masking Agents/Adulteration

During workplace drug testing and other kinds of drug testing, we often see donor’s trying to “beat the test”. They sometimes try and use someone else’s urine sample or attempt to adulterate the sample. You just have to Google the phrase “how to beat the drug test” to see what a large industry has evolved, specifically around trying to get a “negative” result.

ITS Blue Toilet Water Dye VS Blue Toilet Block Tablets (

ITS Blue Toilet Water Dye VS Blue Toilet Block Tablets ("Blue Loo")

The pro's and con's of how to safely dye toilet water, discouraging adulteration of urine samples of workplace drug testing with ITS Blue Toilet Water Dye.