STAYING SAFE: Workplace Substance Abuse & Testing During Times of Crisis

INTRODUCTION As the COVID-19 crisis continues across the world, it’s important to remember that the drug testing industry still has a large role to play in the safety of employees and the industries they serve. Safety experts have found that substance abuse increases during times of national crisis. For example, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks … Continued

Teen drinking, drug use tied to other risky behaviours

Two new studies suggest that teens who binge drink or abuse prescription opioids may also be more likely to engage in other risky behaviours such as driving drunk or riding with drivers who are also under the influence. They are also more apt to become extreme binge drinkers who experience blackouts, one of the studies … Continued

Implications of Drug and Alcohol Use for Employers

  The full study can be found here Alcohol According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about one in 13 working adults has an alcohol use disorder. Additionally, 13% of men and 5% of women reported binge drinking at least once a week. Nearly one in four people over age 12 reported … Continued

Cannabis-use ruling sets dangerous precedent for employers

In a recent opinion piece published by the London Free Press, the labour lawyer Howard Levitt discusses his concerns regarding a recent order set by a British Columbia court as an ‘unfortunate and dangerous’ precedent for employers concerned with public safety. Earlier in November, Metro Vancouver’s transit authority, TransLink, was ordered to stop random drug … Continued