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.
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 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. 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
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.
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Pregabalin and Gabapentin to be controlled as class C drugs from April 2019 Prescription drugs pregabalin and gabapentin are to be reclassified as class C controlled substances from April 2019, the government announced on 15 October 2018.The move comes after experts highlighted rising numbers of fatalities linked to the drugs. The change means it will be illegal to possess pregabalin and gabapentin without a prescription and it will be illegal to supply or sell them to others.
What is GreenCheck? EXCLUSIVE to ITS Test Kits - GreenCheck is an environmentally friendly urine drug test kit for the detection of drugs of abuse (including illegal drugs, prescription drugs and other medications). GreenCheck is produced out of paper, drastically reducing the use of non-recyclable raw material e.g. single use plastics. This innovative product is the World's first eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic multi drug testing cassettes and dip cards.
The two parts of a drug test should be performed in accordance with strict legal and workplace (where applicable) testing guidelines. In the UK we would usually use the EWDTS (European Workplace Drug Testing Society) guidelines. Always check for quality assurance and accreditations.
Testing for alcohol is relevant as alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the UK. Alcohol is unique in the fact that it is volatile enough to be detected on expired breath. Alcohol use can be detected and recorded in a number of ways including the detection of previous regular use via hair analysis.
So why test for Drugs and Alcohol? Testing is an integral part to any Drugs and Alcohol Policy. Without testing, there is no “tool” to prove or disprove whether a person is “under the influence” (as defined by the Policy).