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Drug Abuse in the News

4/25/2018
Special Report: Catching drug users on the job

The Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office has subjected more than 10,000 local government employees in the province, including barangay and government officials, to surprise drug tests. A QUARTER of a billion people, or some five percent of the global adult population, is estimated to have used drugs at least once in 2015, according to the World Drug Report 2017. [...]

4/24/2018
Man charged in Great America attack skips court hearing, arrest warrant issued

Gregory Battle, 18, is charged with several counts of aggravated battery after a Sept. 23, 2017, incident at Six Flags Great America. [...]

4/24/2018
Drug Screening: Market Shares, Types, Applications, Strategies,...

WiseGuyReports.com adds "Drug Screening Market 2018 Global Analysis, Growth, Trends, Opportunities Research Report Forecasting to 2025"reports to its database. Global Drug Screening Market valued approximately USD 4.9 billion in 2016 is anticipated to grow with a healthy growth rate of more than 10.0% over the forecast period 2017-2025. [...]

4/24/2018
Garda PULSE system to record drug and alcohol test kit numbers and readings

Gardai are to amend the PULSE computer system to allow for Drager drug and alcohol test kit numbers and their readings to be included after use at checkpoints and collisions. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/garda-pulse-system-to-record-drug-and-alcohol-test-kit-numbers-and-readings-36838708.html Gardai are to amend the PULSE computer system to allow for Drager drug and alcohol test kit numbers and their readings to be included after use at checkpoints and collisions. [...]

4/24/2018
School board discusses drug testing, booster club policies

The Glynn County Board of Education held a special-called meeting Monday to discuss school policies on drug testing regulations and booster club operations. The school board took no official action at the meeting and intends to continue the discussion at its work session May 3. Jim Pulos, assistant superintendent for operations and administrative services for Glynn County Schools, presented the new regulation for school board review. [...]

4/24/2018
Judge modifies house-arrest for Warren County mom accused in death of baby

A Warren County Judge has modified the house arrest order for the Warren County teen accused in the death of her baby by imposing a curfew. Attorneys for 19-year-old Brooke Skylar Richardson filed a motion on April 17 in Warren County after a judge postponed her murder trial while a state appeals court rules on a dispute between her attorneys and prosecutors over medical testimony. [...]

4/24/2018
Courts

Failure of driver to carry proof of insurance when operating a vehicle - Timothy D. Jordan, 38, of Winnebago; fined $285. Lucas M. Bresnan, 36, of Fairmont had a charge of trespass-occupy or enter locked dwelling continued for dismissal; six months unsupervised monitoring without conviction, stay off property of victim, follow probation recommendations, take medications in prescribed dosage and frequency, no same or similar. [...]

4/24/2018
Road to Ultra festival took place at West Kowloon Cultural District in 2017. Photo: Handout

Event, organised by global festival brand Ultra Worldwide, returns to city less than a year after 27-year-old died at previous edition Metal detectors and drug tests will be used for the first time at the Hong Kong edition of an electronic music festival this year, after one person died and three others fell ill at last year's event after taking drugs. And in another first for the city, Road to Ultra - organised by global festival brand Ultra Worldwide and taking place for the third time here in June - will move indoors, to AsiaWorld-Expo on Lantau Island. [...]

4/24/2018
Don't believe everything you read

Smart Approaches to Marijuana, in collaboration with Healthy & Productive Illinois, concluded in a report on Thursday that drugged driving, as well as greater levels of workplace injury and absenteeism, would be the biggest contributors to the estimated cost. [] But state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, who helped introduce legislation for legalizing and regulating the substance, was critical of the research. [...]

4/23/2018
Hayley Holt reveals how 2013 radio stunt sent her into downward spiral

Hayley Holt has revealed how failing an on-air radio stunt led to her reaching "rock bottom" in her struggle with alcohol. Speaking on the first episode of TVNZ's The Inside Word , a new series focusing on mental health, the Breakfast presenter revealed how, in 2013, she was working for More FM when they decided to give all the announcers a drug test, which Holt failed. [...]

4/23/2018
Will NJ Marijuana Legalization Increase Car Accident Rates?

MOUNTAINSIDE, N.J: New Jersey's recently elected Governor Phil Murphy is expected to legalize recreational marijuana, giving rise to questions on road safety and accident rates. Identifying the impact of marijuana intoxication is much more complicated than it is for alcohol. [...]

4/23/2018
Akron's New Deal with Oriana House Will Address Audit Concerns

Akron City Council is expected to approve a contract tonight for treatment of people with drug addictions. The new package addresses concerns raised in an audit last year. [...]

4/23/2018
Businesses wonder how weed will affect future

At least two directors on the East Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce are concerned about how the legalization of medical marijuana will affect business in the future. Chamber president John Davis and director Larry Duck both expressed concerns about the drug during the recent chamber meeting with Greg Allison, regional liaison for Gov. John Kasich, and Mark Clendenin, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation regional director for northeast Ohio. [...]

4/23/2018
10 years on ice: 'It will take your house, your car, your kids, your job, your life'

HE was a promising Hunter surfer with the world at his feet, but after an injury - and years of self-medicating for depression with recreational drugs - Mick found ice. "I had a hit of it, I smoked it, and I thought - where has that been all of my life?'" he said. [...]

4/22/2018
Suffering and abandoned: Chronic pain patients cut off in the opioid era

As the opioid epidemic has worsened across the country and legislators, public health officials and doctor's groups have responded by restricting access to opioid prescriptions, chronic pain patients say they've been abandoned by the healthcare system. In order to receive their medication, they say they're subjected to judgment and suspicion by their doctors, nurses and pharmacists, are forced to sign humiliating and coercive contracts, and submit to random drug testing. [...]