WHAT ARE BENZODIAZEPINES (BENZOS)?

WHAT ARE BENZODIAZEPINES   – ALSO KNOWN AS “BENZOS” Benzodiazepines (“benzos”) are prescription drugs that first came to the market in the 1960’s. These medications are used to treat insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, convulsions and other nervous system conditions. Today, these drugs account for about one out of every five prescriptions for controlled substances.…

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Time Is Money – A Case Study

The old adage, “time is money” has never been more true. It didn’t take long for the management team of a small asphalt company in South Carolina to realize how much money was literally waiting for them when they evaluated their current drug testing service provider. Having used a local urgent care clinic for their…

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Substance Free Workplace – Can You Afford It?

A Substance Free Workplace – Is It Worth It?  Can You Afford It? Your bottom line is critical – managing expenses is an ongoing, and sometimes daunting task. Finding ways to save money and increase cash flow in creative ways is a necessity for any successful enterprise.  When it comes to drug testing, it is easy to…

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Reasonable Suspicion Testing | Drug & Alcohol Testing

Reasonable Suspicion Testing Reasonable suspicion drug and/or alcohol testing is a tool found in many drug policies that is employed by companies looking to establish a safe, secure and healthy environment for their employees, colleagues, customers and community. Reasonable suspicion simply means that there is reason to believe the employee is under the influence of…

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Random Testing For Drugs & Alcohol

The Federal Department of Labor reports the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol in the workplace cause more than 65 percent of accidents in the workplace. Drug testing programs are a proven deterrent to combat drug and alcohol use in the workplace, helping companies reduce work related accidents, injuries and insurance claims as a…

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Purple Drank – Alarming Drug Trends In Myrtle Beach

Purple Drank Surges In Popularity Among Partying Teens & College Students Purple Drank, also known as Sizzurp, Lean, Mud or Syrup is a mixture of prescription cold medication containing promethazine (an antihistamine) and codeine with Sprite or Mountain Dew, with ice and Jolly Rancher candies or other hard candies. These ingredients, when combined, make a…

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Prescription For Disaster – Feeding the Heroin Epidemic

Prescription drugs may prove helpful in managing pain, but misconceptions about prescription medication safety as well as the over-prescribing of painkillers during the past twenty years has helped fuel the largest drug epidemic the United States has ever seen. National survey data shows a startling 450% increase in opiate drug treatment admissions between 1998 and 2008. The…

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Prescription Drugs – Killing Us Softly

No longer just a public safety issue, prescription drug misuse and abuse also weighs heavily on the workplace. According to The Clinical Journal of Pain, illegal use of prescription opioids cost the United States employers over $40 billion dollars in lost productivity in 2006 alone. Five drugs in particular, OxyContin®, oxycodone, hydrocodone, propoxyphene, and methadone,…

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Pre-employment Screening – 4 Ways To Hire Right

Pre-employment screening is the best way to prevent poor hiring choices.  The following four ways are proven effective: 1. MEET & GREET While it may seem obvious, don’t fall into the trap of making a hiring decision just by talking to someone over the phone or through email. While email and telephone communication can be an efficient…

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