Employers have a responsibility to ensure the wellbeing health and safety of staff under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Disciplinary action should be a last resort.
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.
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.