Sharing Slices of Your Life

Sharing Slices of Your LifeWhen you are out with good friends, it is easy to share slices of your life with them. It is easy to trust them with fat tidbits of information about yourself, and to laugh over old stories. It is difficult to do such things with strangers who you do not know enough to trust. When you are with friends, you have a certain amount of information about them, and you can really adapt to their feelings and vice versa. With strangers, talking about your intimate life is like walking around naked. It is just not something you do in public.

You can generally tell when someone has a substance abuse problem. While their behavior will differ depending upon where they come from, someone who spills their guts more than the average native of their area is likely to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It reduces inhibitions, and all of a sudden their entire life story comes out.

While that can be interesting, it can also be quite tiresome.

In the workplace, you must be able to set personal and professional boundaries between yourself and those with whom you work.

You must be able to instill a sense of walled in space around you. Without these boundaries, the sociopaths and con artists of the world rule on high. With them, you have control over your own world and you can keep people outside it or let them into your world at will.

When it comes to addicts, it is easy to con people. They know they need their fix, and they do everything in their power to get it. Rules and morals are out the window.

Do not allow such thinking to overtake your business, or to even be a part of it. Use employee drug testing and alcohol breathalyser devices to determine who is of this mentality and who is not. After all, the workplace is a safe place. One should never feel trapped or tortured in their workplace. Get some urine drug tests with built in adulterant tests like the kind we distribute all over Australia. In fact, drug testing in Western Australia has never been easier: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Self Tutoring, Tutoring Others

Education and the way that education is learned and put to use is an interesting phenomenon. Many governments and educational committeesSelf Tutoring, Tutoring Others seek to make education better, but it really does not matter, because education is a fickle subject which only a few people really, truly understand…even if many people excel at it.

Academia is one of the most important factors in education, or so it would seem. The truth is, learning is only useful when it is put to good use, but it can be extraneous or even detrimentally used. What happens if you learn something that you never use or if you abuse your education for evil?

The truth is, powerful people use their power and influence BECAUSE they steadfastly, consciously, and purposely put their education to use, whether or not it was academic.

Sometimes the pressures of what is out there to learn can seem daunting. If it helps, not everyone is learning something all the time, and few people will concentrate on understanding a situation to the extent to which you are planning to learn it. That really reduces your competitive ratio, and it also makes you feel that much more accomplished when you do begin rising through the levels of understanding and application.

Hands on experience is one of the most important factors in education. If you think about children, you will notice that they do not consider very many things to be outside of their reach. This is true, particularly if they have not jumped off of the porch roof yet.  However, if you are looking to improve your business, one of the best ways is through hands on experience and through setting an example.

Your example is the most powerful form of influence that you can possess, and it really carries a lot more weight than your words or your intentions. We all know the moral about the road to hell being paved with good intentions. Setting the example is the most important part of the job you can do for your employees.

So, when you buy drug test equipment from CMM Technology and use it for employee drug testing, remember to use it yourself and to make sure that everyone else knows that you are actively participating in this process. Safety is for everyone, not just the big bosses. Recalibration services are also offered by CMM Technology for your breathalyser equipment. Call us today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Self Education Throughout Your Life

Self Education Throughout Your LifeThere are not very many things more important than self education. Food, oxygen, and maybe someone in your bed are more important, but self education is right there at the top of your list. Why is this? After all, doesn’t everyone only have to know so much while they are proceeding through the course of their lives?

The truth is, self education happens a great deal of the time, anyway, just to a smaller extent. When you read a sign and notice that it is different and that the product or service being offered is newer, you can see the transition of civilization as it develops and grows and becomes more than it was. When you talk to someone and notice that you and they no longer have as much in common as you once did and that perhaps you need to make new friends in addition to the old, you are observing the world around you and your own interaction with it. Drug testing in Western Australia is about taking the ways that companies use drug testing equipment and keeping the methods up to date and really high quality. Onsite drug testing is available through our sister site, Mediscreen, but we at CMM Technology develop and distribute drug test equipment, like drug test kits and alcohol breathalyser devices to companies all over Australia. We consider this a privilege and an honor. This is what we do best.

When you are looking to see whether your employees are fit for duty, you might notice how much they are able to put self education to its uses. Obviously, any worker who can learn as they rise through the job classes has a certain amount of self education about his working environment. If they are able to lead well and yet not let the pressures get to them, then they are adept at understanding how they interact with their surroundings, which is a really useful trait to posses. Both require self education about your environment AND your relationship to that environment. For more information on drug testing in Western Australia and our high quality drug test equipment, call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Seasonal Preparation

Companies and years and marketplaces go through cycles which layer in different times throughout the year. Seasonal preparation for your Seasonal Preparationbusiness can involve insulation, building renovation, employee drug testing, employee evaluation, prices reductions or increases, and permanent mergers. You never know when you will need something altered to fit the season, the weather, the time of year in celebrations, or just to fit your boss’s leaving the company because he was…unpleasant. Seasonal preparation makes life run smoothly and it makes people be better able to enjoy the course of their days and the day’s work.

Making things flow smoothly from season to season and from celebration to ritual requires a great deal of forethought, and not just your average planning. Forethought involves thinking about eventualities and things which could possibly occur to disrupt events and cause problems.

Drug testing is not the least of the solutions available for the manager or executive who is looking ahead. There is so much available to choose from in drug test equipment. For instance, at CMM Technology, there are different types of urine drug tests and oral fluid drug tests which can fit your specific needs. One of our drug test kits even has an adulterant test built right into it.

Drug testing in Western Australia is already improving thanks to high quality drug test equipment. Make it improve that much more by utilizing the help of some of the products available at CMM Technology.

Seasonal preparation involves planning ahead and knowing what past actions and forethought created either problems or solutions. Obviously, drug testing at different times in the past kept employees from being able to guess when it would come, which is always an advantage. In fact, drug testing on a regular basis is great, but planning it for different times throughout the month each month can really initiate a surprise effect. For each situation, you’ll have high quality drug test equipment at your side to be ready for use whenever you need it. This is a great advantage to have on hand for those times when an unplanned test is given to everyone to make sure that things are still going smoothly off schedule. Call CMM Technology today to order your equipment: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Screening Tests and Employee Rants

Screening Tests and Employee RantsEmployees rant about drug testing all the time. This is nothing new. In fact, for as long as drug testing and alcohol test have been administered, there have been employees who have ranted about it. This is completely normal and is practically to be expected. However, if employees complain the types of drug tests used or the efficacy or accuracy of the drug test kits, then you might have a real problem on your hands. You would not, after all, want to spend money and time on employee drug testing if the screening tests do not perform in an accurate way.

To make sure that your employees are fit for duty and to actually ensure that you receive accurate results from their tests, be sure to buy your drug test equipment from CMM Technology. We know that you have a lot on your mind. We know that you are in no position to try out different types of screening tests every time you need to know how accurate they are. That would be unreasonable, extremely time consuming, and you should not have to do your own research.

Now that we have established that it is not your job to make things happen, we would like to throw our hat into the ring, so to speak. We want to be your business. We want to provide you with our high quality urine drug tests, saliva drug tests, and breathalyser devices.

We know that you are busy. We know that you are already listening to one or two employees rant about having to be tested. This is normal and you expect it, of course. Now, all you have to think about are the test results. If you have to worry about the accuracy of the test results, then you have a problem. This is, however, not an issue. When you use CMM Technology for your provider, you are looking at an excellent distributor and we will send you the best equipment you can buy, and we will recalibrate any equipment which you may still be using, in the meantime. This is the guarantee that you get with us: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Screening and Employees’ Goals and Objectives

It’s always a relief when the business you work for has the same goals and objectives as you do. That way, you can rise through the company,Screening and Employees’ Goals and Objectives while also becoming the person you want to become. It is a real life fulfilling thing when you can have this, as well as solid fulfilling work relationships or friendships, at the same time. The professionalism which comes out of this is sincere and amiable. There are many people who do not accomplish all that they wish to in life because their goals and their jobs are not in alignment with each other.

Help your employees to accomplish their goals in life by providing them with a safe working environment and enough stability so that they can begin to plan ahead and become more aware of their surroundings and their own personal growth. Part of building this healthy growing environment is using drug testing on a regular basis. Many businesses underestimate the value of employee drug testing and they may not understand how much employees and their attitudes affect one another. In a working environment, people who are highly motivated and doing well are far more likely to be affected by a negative attitude than people who are somewhere in the middle and are just used to tuning it out. A person who is in the middle of growth and goal accomplishment is standing on slightly less sure footing than someone who is not really trying to accomplish any goals.

CMM Technology and our range of drug test equipment can really help you in creating this safe working environment. We also provide personal breathalyser devices and we provide a breathalyser recalibration service, which serves your old and your new equipment. Our oral fluid drug tests are top notch, and our reputation is secure. We value our customers and we know how important business-to-business relationships can be for the Australian economy and our job security. Therefore, we challenge you to check our product pages, and then to call us up and place an order on the phone. We know how hard you’ve worked to achieve the goal of making your business successful: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Looking for a Way Out

Looking for a Way OutWhen someone abuses drugs or alcohol, they are looking for a way out. Unfortunately, this is not exactly what they are doing with their pain. They mask their pain, so that they don’t have to feel it anymore. However, they see substance abuse as a way to escape. All addicts take this very seriously, and they all see their pain as being so great as to be worthy of escaping.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

Any pain which humans endure can be endured for as long as it takes to work through the pain and then to release it. When it is not worked through, however, the individual remains in pain for a much longer period than they were supposed to have. Then, in order to escape it, they resort to substance abuse.

Once again, they are not actually escaping it. They are only masking it.

Business employees must be able to deal with unforeseen circumstances and to handle situations as they arise. If they cannot do this, then they are only dragging down everyone else as they are attempting to get things done. The thing is that many employees who are addicts are also extremely talented at passing the blame on to someone else.

Once the blame is passed, it is very difficult to find out truly who was the originator of all the slack in productivity.

Therefore, you really need employee drug testing.

If all of your employees are given screening tests on a regular basis, then everyone is evaluated at the same time and they all must comply with your company policies. Then, you can determine if there are some people who are abusing substances and some who are not. By using simple, unbiased scientific data, you can really get a more accurate picture of what is going on between employees.

Come to CMM Technology for your drug testing equipment. Drug testing in Western Australia has never been so easy. We provide you with all of the alcohol tests and drug test kits, and we even provide a breathalyser recalibration service, too. Whatever your preference, we are here for you when you need to find out who is loyal to your business and who is looking for a way out: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Baby Steps and Stress Free Living

It is typical for an alcoholic or drug addict to view their world in terms of their own deficiency. They know that there is something missing inside Baby Steps and Stress Free Livingof themselves, and they know that it must be obvious to everyone else. They are sure that if they present themselves to everyone as someone who not only has it all together but who also is special in other ways, then they will impress people with their abilities and prowess.

Of course, what ends up happening is that they see themselves in a negative light and everyone else is already aware that they are not entirely up to snuff, and they end up looking like they never take care of their basic needs but spend all of their money on extravagant things.

These are very typical behaviors for alcoholics and drug addicts, even after they recover. They want to be seen as special. They want to be seen as something good.

What they do not ever seem to realize, and this is only because their perception is distorted, is that everyone who is normal and regular does not live these “special” lives. They are special in and of themselves for no other reason than that they are unique. The result is that the recovering addict is always putting way too much pressure on themselves to be really spectacular when they are already pretty close to living the same normal life as everyone else, anyway.

It is the perception of a deficiency within themselves which really creates the deficiency or enlarges what was already missing.

Employees need to understand that their workplace is part of a professional atmosphere where people are supposed to do their own job, and not everyone else’s job, too. This is where employee drug testing comes in. By using high quality drug test equipment from CMM Technology, you are creating a safe, screened working environment for all of your workers, not just some of them. Be sure and look at our Lifeloc FC10 breathalyser device when you visit our website. It’s a popular model of ours. Call CMM Technology today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.

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Typical Evasive Responses of D&A Abusers

Typical Evasive Responses of D&A AbusersEmployers know they have an important responsibility to maintain a duty of care in the workplace. They also recognize that the workplace and its people accrue many benefits from a drug and alcohol free workplace. The benefits include lower health care expenses, higher productivity, higher quality work performance, safer working conditions, and many others.1 These are all reasons why they care about workplace substance use and why they adhere to random drug and alcohol testing programs. So what should an employer say when exercising that duty of care, discovers a worker has tested positive for methamphetamines, shows the test results to the worker, and is told, “It’s your fault that I use drugs because it is so stressful working here.”

It can be disconcerting when supervisors or managers deal with drugs and alcohol and find themselves with the worker finger pointing right back at them. Employers are human, after all, and have feelings and most truly care about safety, workforce health, and following the law. These types of issues are seldom discussed because emotions are not supposed to have a place in a drug and alcohol enforcement program. However, one of the attributes of many chronic drug and alcohol users is the ability to manipulate because they get practiced at covering up their actions. Since most people really do care about important workplace issues, it creates a perfect scenario for manipulators to turn the tables, go on the offensive, and try to play on the supervisor’s emotions.

Desperate People Saying Desperate Things

Supervisors are constantly warned to not confront employees suspected of being under the influence when alone. They should not announce suspicions or ask co-workers. However, when there is suspicion that substance use is impacting work performance, at some point it is necessary to talk to the employee. Be prepared! It is common for people to consciously or unconsciously try to turn the tables on the supervisor. As the old saying points out: Desperate people do desperate things.

The first step is talking to employees about their poor work performance. That is when the manipulation starts because the worker may get nervous you suspect drug or alcohol use. Sometimes, the drug and alcohol use is apparent and leads to for-cause testing. Sometimes random drug and alcohol testing detects use and the conversation starts with questions about substance abuse. In any case, a conversation usually takes place before any type of disciplinary action is imposed, and that is when it starts – manipulation.

The strategies vary. Supervisors need to be aware of the possible responses and recognize the attempts at self-protection. When work problems are pointed out or it is clear that drugs or alcohol are involved, typical responses include the following:2

I promise it won’t happen again. (apology)

I have so many problems at home and just need some understanding. (excuses)

Why don’t you ever question (co-workers, other department staff, managers) about their behaviour!? They make the same mistakes! (diversion)

You always were against me. (innocence)

I know you understand what it is like working here, and I need help. (sympathy)

It’s your fault I drink! If you ran this department more efficiently and paid us what we are worth, there would not be a need to drink. (anger)

I am so sorry and so upset. I can’t afford to lose my job. Please, please give me one more chance. (tears)

You know I am taking care of my elderly parents and am under a lot of stress. How can you do this to me right now on top of everything else I am dealing with? (pity)

Maintain Control of the Conversation

Workers must not be allowed to divert or take control of the conversation. Some managers and supervisors become enablers by refusing to deal with the substance abuse. Allowing workers to evade the problem will perpetuate substance use in the workplace and send the wrong message to co-workers. One thing that can be assumed in every situation is that most co-workers know about workplace drugs and alcohol long before the supervisors.

CMM Technology at cmm.com.au facilitates the drug and alcohol testing program by offering a variety of supplies. Products include a range of high quality breathalysers, and saliva and urine testing supplies.

References

1 Commission of Occupational Safety and Health, Western Australia. Guidelines for Addressing Alcohol & Other Drugs in the Workplace. (2006) Reprinted by Government of South Australia. Retrieved from http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/uploaded_files/drugsalc_guidelines.pdf

2 ACCA. (n.d.). Problematic Substance Abuse That Impacts the Workplace. Retrieved from Atlantic Canada Council on Addiction: http://www.gnb.ca/0378/acca/pdf/acca-toolkit-english.pdf

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Strategies for Communicating a New Drug & Alcohol Policy

Educating employees about a new drug and alcohol policy is one of the most important steps an employer can take to maintain workplace safety. Strategies for Communicating a New Drug & Alcohol PolicyPeople need to understand the effects that illicit drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol can have on the ability to manage work duties in a responsible and safe manner. Communicating the policy is as important as developing the policy because a policy is virtually worthless if employees are not informed. Employers have several communication strategies they can employ that can convey the message of zero tolerance to employees far and wide.

One of the first considerations is overcoming worker anxiety. It is unfortunate, but instituting drug and alcohol policies can initially bring anxiety for a couple of reasons. First, people who are using substances realise they have a much greater chance of being caught once a random testing program is in place. Second, some people assume the program is all about “catching” workers or learning about their private lives or regulating their activities. It is easy for any new policy to generate anxiety even when workers have nothing to fear because change brings the unknown. Therefore, the first introduction of a new drug and alcohol policy should convey the message that the employer believes its greatest asset is its people, that the focus is on ensuring healthy and safety of all workers, and that the policy brings many benefits to the workplace.1

Building a Zero Tolerance Case

The format for presentation of a drug and alcohol policy can emphasise the “why and how” of zero tolerance for substance use in the workplace. Beginning with the big picture of alcohol and drug use in Australia, the discussion can then move into the terrible consequences of substance use in the workplace. The presentation should not come across as fear-mongering, but rather an honest discussion of the problems workplace substance abuse can cause.

Step-by-step the employer builds a case for workplace values, a culture of zero tolerance, and worker safety and productivity. The causes of substance abuse can be reviewed so that workers learn to recognise the stressors that can lead to abuse. Workers can also learn about the signs of drug and alcohol us, but it is important to not create a culture of fear or one in which employees are encouraged to spy on each other or make assumptions. The policy can then be presented after laying the foundation for its importance.2 During policy and procedures presentation, employees can learn the important channels of communications for reporting personal issues or concerns about workmates as related to substance abuse or safety.

Communicate, Reinforce, Communicate, Reinforce…

The communication strategies can vary and are largely dependent on the size and structure of the organisation. A small business in Sydney may choose to have a companywide meeting, whilst a global organisation will need to take advantage of technology. One of the keys to successful policy implementation is reinforcement of the information. In other words, employers would not send out an email and consider the process complete. The policy should be introduced and then reinforced with follow-up communications over a period of weeks, followed by ongoing reminders and updates. Of course, new employees need to be fully informed upon hiring and then become part of the policy reinforcement process.

The types of communication strategies include:

Holding employee workshops or information sessions

Training managers and supervisors

Including copy of policy with paychecks (if hard copies still printed)

Adding articles and updates in employee newsletters

Holding Periodic ‘refresher course’ training sessions

Posting policy on company website (also lets community know)

Sending emails to managers and employees

Adding health fair booth dedicated to substance abuse

Offering employee wellness seminars and programs

Policy reinforcement can be embedded in other activities like company wellness programs. Once communicated, it is important to follow through with actions, including starting the random drug and alcohol testing and reinforcing the policy. Policies are doomed to failure if they are communicated but no one follows through with implementation or reinforcement.

Informing the workplace about a new drug and alcohol policy does not have to create worker anxiety if it is communicated in a way that emphasises workplace safety and worker health. The process of implementing the random drug and alcohol procedures will also go much more smoothly if the policy groundwork has been carefully laid. It is critical to use the highest quality testing supplies to ensure results are accurate and reliable. CMM Technology (cmm.com.au) can offer professional guidance on policy development and has a range of supplies to suit business needs.

References

1 WorkSafe. (2008). Guidance Note: Alcohol and Other Drugs at the Workplace. Retrieved 2011, from Department of Commerce – Western Australia: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/PDF/Guidance_notes/Alcohol%20and%20drugs.pdf

2 Drug Arm National Office. (2007). Why worry about alcohol and other drugs in the workplace – for the employee. Retrieved from Drug & Alcohol Information Centre: http://www.drugarm.com.au/file /pdf/Drugs%20in%20the%20Workplace%20-%20for%20the%20employee%20ltrhd.pdf

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One Change Leads to Another – Tweaking D&A Policies and Procedures

One Change Leads to Another – Tweaking D&A Policies and ProceduresOnce drug and alcohol (D&A) policies and procedures are in place, it is not unusual for employers to generally view them as fixed in stone. However, businesses experience changes on a regular basis. The changes are prompted by any of a number of events, including events in the economy, development of new technologies, and marketplace activities. Businesses expand, add new positions and locations, or discover in-house issues that must be addressed. Anytime a business makes significant decisions concerning operations or personnel, it is important to do a risk assessment and included in that assessment should be a review of the drug and alcohol policies and procedures to determine if they need updating.

It is not uncommon for businesses, especially smaller ones, to discover their D&A policies or procedures are out of date when an incident involving illicit substances or alcohol occurs. A common scenario involves an employer adding new safety sensitive positions and then failing to address those work activities in the D&A policy. Subsequently, a worker is injured due to substance use whilst on the job, and the employer wants to dismiss the person because of the seriousness of the act. There is a good chance the worker will file a complaint of harsh dismissal with the Fair Work Commission. The employer will probably spend thousands in legal fees and still lose if the policy is weak and has failed to establish a zero tolerance stance, did not specifically identify the position as safety sensitive, or does not have a clear disciplinary policy concerning workplace drug and alcohol use.

You Never Told Me…

Policies have important goals. They are designed to help employers meet legal obligations, promote consistent management decision-making, define behaviour expectations, and lay out the rules and consequences for violating the rules.1 When the policies are outdated or incomplete, they fail to achieve these goals. D&A policies should ensure that workers cannot say, “The policy did not include my position, “ or “The policy didn’t say I could be immediately dismissed, ” or “You never told me this position was considered safety sensitive.”

The sequence is that events, like adding new work activities, prompt a risk assessment. Employers do not have to wait for a particular though. Regular risk assessments should be conducted to make sure that all work activities that are particularly at risk of creating a hazard should workers use illicit substances or alcohol are identified. For example, positions that are asked to drive work vehicles or operate machinery are in safety sensitive jobs. Sometimes these types are duties are added to job responsibilities and can turn a non-safety sensitive job into a safety sensitive one.

A Dose of Reality

Incidences involving drugs and alcohol should also lead to immediate review of the D&A policies. Risk assessments conducted at any time lead to a review of the drug and alcohol policies and procedures. The pervasiveness of drugs and alcohol use in Australia creates conditions in which people are more sophisticated about getting the substances into the workplace. A security management firm in the U.S. wrote an article addressing this topic and pointed out that “..drug dealers in the workplace are becoming increasingly savvy and more difficult to identify. They may be long-time workers, new hires…or even temps…Yet many businesses…lack effective policies and training to prevent workplace substance abuse.”2

It may be tempting for Australian employers to be a bit complacent because of the geographic setting. However, what is happening in the U.S., Great Britain, France, and so many other countries is happening right here in Australia. No workplace is exempt from the threat of substance abuse.

No policy is set in stone because business conditions change. The important point is to manage risk and tweak policies and procedures to reflect the reality of the situation. Equally important is using high quality services like those provided by Mediscreen (http://mediscreen.net.au/) to ensure drug test screenings are as accurate as possible.

References

1Business Victoria. (21 February 2013). Human Resources Policy and Procedure Manual. Retrieved from Victoria Government: www.business.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/word…/hr_manual_template.doc‎

2 Michael A. Gips. (19 December 2012). High on the Job. Security Management. Retrieved from http://www.diversifiedriskmanagement.com/images/high-on-the-job.pdf.

3 Workcover New South Wales. (2006). Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace. Retrieved May 11, 2011, from Workcover New South Wales: http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/formspublications/publications/Documents/drugs_alcohol_workplace_guide_1359.pdf

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Learning from the World Drug Report 2012

A discussion on the costs versus the benefits of the war on drugs has been going on for decades now. There are approximately 30,000 AustralianLearning from the World Drug Report 2012 in jail for drug offences or for crimes committed related to drugs. A fourth of violent crimes are connected to illicit drugs.1 The question of whether criminalising drug use makes sense is a question that concerns society, but not the workplace in terms of a zero tolerance policy. Drug and alcohol use in the workplace threatens the safety of workers, so it really does not matter if there is a war on drugs or not. There is absolutely no room in the workplace for them. However, what does matter to employers is that substance abuse is a problem that is getting worse, and not better. That is the main message of the World Drug Report 2012, and everyone working to control drug and alcohol use can learn from it.

The World Drug Report 2012 prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is filled with disturbing information. There are approximately 230 million people around the world using illicit drugs at least once a year. It also reports that .2 million people die from using hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. Drug trafficking is globally connected, with drugs flowing from continent to continent, country to country, and region to region. Of particular interest to Australian employers are the contemporary characteristics and patterns of drug manufacturing and drug use and their implications for the workplace.

Implication: No Place Left Untouched by Illicit Drugs

For example, more young males living in urban areas are using psychoactive substances. The implication for employers: Greater importance of pre-employment drug testing for everyone, including persons who are Australian-born and immigrants or guest workers. Another fact of importance in the World Drug Report 2012 is that opiate production has fallen over the last century, but in its place has been a significant increase in the cocaine market. Implication for drug testing: Using a multi-panel drug test like the Oraline Saliva Drug Screen in the random drug testing program is important. Another finding was that Australia and the United States have something in common – they both have over 1 percent of their populations using opioids (heroin, opium and non-medical use of synthetic opioids).2

The report goes on to define the fundamental characteristics of the illicit drug problem and drug use. One out of every twenty people use illegal drugs at least once a year. Statistically, an employer with a hundred employees will have five illicit drug users (aged 15 to 64) in the workplace. Oceania has high usage rates of cannabis, cocaine and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), and ecstasy use is growing. Other interesting facts include:

Persons dependent on illicit drugs are not discouraged by price increases, but will increase usage if market prices decline

Illicit drug markets are not limited by borders and a global drug economy has formed

Production of cannabis and ATS is decentralised globally

90 percent of opiates are coming for South-West Asia which is the main source for Australia; the balance of opiates come from South-East Asia and Latin America

The main cocaine drug use markets are North and South America, Western Europe and Oceania

Australia estimates that illicit drug use annually costs 2.1 billion Australian dollars due to lost productivity

Implication: Random Drug Testing is Needed

This is just a brief summary of some of the highlights of the World Drug Report 2012. It is filled with detailed information concerning global patterns of drug production and use. Employers should read the full report to get an overall view of what is happening in the illicit drug world.

The implication of the report for employers is crystal clear: Random drug and alcohol testing remains critical to maintaining a safe workplace. The integrity of random drug testing programs depends on using quality, stringently tested products like those supplied by CMM Technology (cmm.com.au).

References

1 Michael Duffy. (2011, May 11). Winning the war on drugs: the costs. Retrieved June 27, 2013, from The Sydney Morning Herald – National Times: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/blogs/crime-and-punishment/winning-the-war-on-drugs-the-costs-20110510-1egbj.html

World Drug Report 2012. (2012, June). Retrieved June 27, 2013, from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/WDR2012/WDR_2012_web_small.pdf

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