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Drug Abuse in the News

42 female inmates negative of drugs

TWO of the 190 female inmates yielded negative in the random drug test conducted at Metro Bacolod District Jail -Female Dormitory in Barangay Handumanan, Bacolod City Friday, March 23. The said inmates submitted their urine samples during the test facilitated by Senior Jail Officer 4 Geselle Armentia and Jail Officer 1 Ma. Carmena Ingente around 11 a.m. The test is in relation to the intensified campaign of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology against illegal drugs. [...]

NYPD sergeant testifies hair weave made her fail drug test

Tracy Gittens claims that the NYPD officer who snipped her hair for testing accidentally took the sample from her human hair weave, which she wears as a ponytail. "I was shocked. [...]

Iraq War veteran says some patients who need opioids are being cut off

Iraq War veteran Bill Congleton is not the sort of man to let his wartime injuries stand in the way of his active lifestyle. But when a doctor at the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center cut off his pain medications, Congleton faced a personal crisis. [...]

Morgan, Miller, Moniteau Drug Court Up and Running

The new drug court for Morgan, Miller, and Moniteau counties has their first candidate. Morgan County Prosecutor Dustin Dunklee says the drug court provides a new option for dealing with drug offenders. [...]

Fingerprint test accurately and noninvasively detects heroin, cocaine users

A fingerprint test published today in AACC's Clinical Chemistry journal can tell whether someone has taken heroin or cocaine, and accurately distinguishes between drug users versus individuals who were exposed to drug residue in the environment. This breakthrough study brings fingerprint drug testing one step closer to clinical adoption, which could revolutionize drug testing by making it both simpler and nearly impossible to cheat. [...]

Quips in the chamber: name changes, chariot races, and drug testing

A Hamilton City Council name change suggestion was shelved - but not before some people had a bit of fun . Quips in the chamber is an intermittent Hamilton City Council column featuring some of the light-hearted remarks which don't necessarily make everyday council stories. [...]

Sarah Leamon: Employers who institute random testing for cannabis could run into difficulties

As the government's self-imposed deadline for marijuana legalization approaches, politicians and legislators have been working around the clock to tie up any loose ends that could potentially cause problems once the product legally hits the streets. So far, they have tackled complex issues around marijuana and driving, as well as setting age limits and guidelines around the manufacture and purchase of the product. [...]

Sheriff: Drug Possession In Judicial Center Results In Arrest

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky On Monday, a Court Security Officer found marijuana on a man entering the Whitley County Judicial Center. The man also admitted that a needle found outside in the shrubs belonged to him, according to the Whitley County Sheriff's Office. [...]

Fire chief agrees to random drug testing after union's request

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones said he would submit to the drug tests in an effort to make it a requirement for firefighters and paramedics TAMPA, Fla. - A fire chief agreed to submit to random drug tests after a union requested he join the staff in the new contract requirement. [...]

Man charged in Tallahassee vehicular homicide arrested for failing drug test

A Lamont man who was arrested, accused in an October car crash that killed a man, failed a drug test after bonding out. Azende Thompson, 20, bonded out on Jan. 11 then failed a drug test which tested positive for THC which violated the terms of his pre-trial release. [...]

Helen Clark backs festival drug-testing and injecting rooms

"I am of the view that the best drug policy will be where we decriminalise use and possession and put in place effective legal regulation," she said today. But decriminalisation should be accompanied by state-of-the-art harm-reduction measures such as New Zealand's needle-exchange scheme. [...]

Terms for Ethan Couch's release revealed Terms for Ethan Couch's release revealed

When that happens, a judge has required him to wear an electronic ankle monitor with a GPS. He must also be in his home by 9 p.m. every day and can't leave before 8 a.m. He will also be required to undergo alcohol monitoring through a "substance abuse test patch" that's changed every 10 days. [...]

Doping test instead of training

The Russian national football team has not been able to complete the morning training because of the team's doping control. As the press service of the national team informs, today at 6:30 am, a doping officer arrived at the team camp, and took blood and urine samples for five hours. [...]

One in 10 people have traces of cocaine or heroin on their fingerprints

Scientists have found that drugs are now so prevalent that 13 per cent of those taking part in a test were found to have traces of class A drugs on their fingerprints - despite never using them. But there is no easy escape for users as researchers from the University of Surrey, who have previously developed a quick fingerprint test to identify users, have created a definitive way to prove the difference between those using cocaine and heroin, and those exposed to the drugs due to environmental factors. [...]

Why The Healthcare Industry Should Pay Particular Attention To Drug...

While all employers struggle with navigating the ever-changing landscape of drug and alcohol issues in the workplace, healthcare employers should pay particularly close attention. According to the annual Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index , illicit drug use among U.S. employees continues to rise, resulting in the highest drug test positivity rates in the last 12 years. [...]