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Drugs in the Workplace

Cannabis in the Workplace – It’s Decision-Making Time

By Best Practices, Corporate culture, Driving Safety, Drugs in the Workplace, Employment Law, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

With cannabis (“pot”) having been decriminalized or legalized in more than 30 states—in many cases for recreational, personal use—employers are struggling with how to approach the issue. Cannabis has been touted as a medicinal aid for many conditions, from PTSD to Crohn’s disease, nausea, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more. Yet, cannabis can alter worker reaction times and cause other physical changes that could put the worker, the firm, and its customers at risk. In certain…

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Dealing with a Drug-Addicted Employee: Dismissal or Treatment?

By Benefits & Insurance, Drugs in the Workplace, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

With drug addiction rates continuing to rise—especially for prescription drugs—employers are increasingly dealing with substance-abusing employees. Statistics* indicate approximately 70 percent of drug abusers are employed—some 10 million people. Traditionally, many companies have dismissed personnel who exhibited signs of substance abuse, especially if it happened on the job. Now, the problem has become so rampant—even among trusted personnel at the highest level—that many employers are asking themselves, “Should I dismiss people with substance abuse problems,…

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As Drug Use Accelerates, Failed Drug Tests Hit 12-Year High

By Drugs in the Workplace, Employment News

Anyone who listens to or reads the news likely knows about the drug epidemic sweeping many states, including Georgia. In the workplace, prescription pain medication has been especially problematic. Close to 8 million pain medication prescriptions are issued in Georgia every year. Despite these events, many companies still do not drug test—or do not test effectively. Marathon believes that organizations simply cannot afford to underestimate the importance of drug testing, any longer. If you don’t…

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A Cigarette is a Cigarette

By Drugs in the Workplace, Employment Law

As a follow up to an article in our May newsletter about e-cigarettes, I wanted to share an update with you from the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH). They recently released new recommendations that employers maintain completely smoke-free workplaces. This means treating e-cigarettes just like those made with tobacco. The recommendation comes in an attempt to protect workers from the occupational hazards of tobacco and secondhand smoke or emissions from e-cigarettes. It…

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More on Medical Marijuana

By Drugs in the Workplace

In the 2015 Georgia legislative session, the use of cannabis oil was legalized for medical purposes in the state. (See the Atlanta Journal Constitution article.) Georgia’s new law allows cannabis oil – and oil only – to be used to treat eight medical conditions: cancer, Crohn’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, mitochondrial disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, seizure disorders and sickle cell disease. People may possess up to 20 ounces of cannabis oil with a physician’s…

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Clearing the Air on e-Cigarettes

By Drugs in the Workplace

Most companies have a policy on smoking in place. Over the years, smoking policies have tended to become more stringent, limiting where and when employees may smoke or banning smoking in the workplace altogether. However, the introduction of e-cigarettes and vape pens or open-air vaporizers has created a need to revisit policy. The issue is not as black and white as you may think. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are a $2.5B industry that has seen significant…

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