From construction to banking, there are employers and employees tackling the problems associated with drug and alcohol use. Long hours, stressful situations, high pressure workloads and high expectations can all be a reason why someone may “turn to the bottle” or something “a little stronger”. Although drug and alcohol testing are usually associated with safety critical workers where the dangers of being “under the influence” are more obvious, business critical employees should not be overlooked. Drug and alcohol abuse knows no barriers of religion, class, skin colour, age, sex or profession.
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.