This is a common statement from many health and safety and personnel professionals in industry. The health and safety policies exist and people are aware of the need to be responsible for themselves and their colleagues, but little if any, attention is drawn to the very real hazards of alcohol and drug (including prescription) related work accidents. Historically no action is taken to secure the work place against habitual users. This is often due to a lack of knowledge, education and confidence.
11% of all injuries sustained in the workplace, are attributed to alcohol and/or drug misuse.
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?
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.