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“Which would I rather my children use — alcohol or marijuana?”

March 2nd, 2016

I get asked this question in my office so often and if I am being real, I have wondered the same thing about my own teen aged daughters.  Marijuana is clearly not new to high schools but it’s abundance, the prolific ease of it’s distribution, and the casual attitudes around it’s use, especially here in
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Workplace Drug Testing in the Era of Legal Marijuana

February 12th, 2016

As marijuana laws begin to change across the country, it is critical that employers stay aware of how hiring and/or disciplinary measures are being handled in those states where medical and/or recreation marijuana amendments have been passed. ​This document, published by the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. in March 2015, outlines how marijuana is impacting
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Problem of Workplace Drug Abuse; Signs and Symptoms

February 12th, 2016

Problem of Workplace Drug Abuse Of all drug users, 68.9% are employed and active in the workplace, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). Additionally, 1/3 of all employees are aware of illegal sale of drugs in their workplace, according to the TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development. How Do Employers and Employees Suffer? Using drugs impairs decision-making abilities
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Where Does Colorado Fit Into The Latest Numbers on Heroin Use?

February 10th, 2016

Heroin use is surging across the country among young adults. …Across the county, heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade. How many young adults are using heroin in Colorado is much harder to say, but there are some signs it may be rising too. First things first: The Colorado Department of Human
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Was Marijuana to Blame for a Peaceful Mile High Celebration?

February 10th, 2016

During the LA Riots in 1992, I was car jacked by a knife wielding crack head.  It was a surprise attack at 3pm in the afternoon, followed by a revisit from the attacker to my home several days later.  Frankly that left me with a little PTSD and since then being in large crowds kind
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Study: Attorneys Have Higher Rates of Alcohol Abuse and Depression Than Other Professionals

February 10th, 2016

20.6% screened positive for hazardous, harmful, and potentially alcohol-dependent drinking. Does this surprise you or would you have guessed a different occupational group? Abstract: Objectives: Rates of substance use and other mental health concerns among attorneys are relatively unknown, despite the potential for harm that attorney impairment poses to the struggling individuals themselves, and to
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Our Families Are Dying!

February 10th, 2016

Does this sound like a place where you would find rampant heroin addiction: This is New Hampshire “The lush, rolling hills and idyllic red barns here can transform you to another time. Every town’s main street sprinkled with mom-and-pop shops and glistening white church steeples provide a backdrop to the scene of a Norman Rockwell
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Marijuana Use and Its Impact on Workplace Safety and Productivity

February 10th, 2016

Despite the safety and productivity risks associated with marijuana use, the drug is increasingly seen as socially acceptable and its dangers may be marginalized. The number of people using marijuana in the United States is rising rapidly, and the impact of this increase is showing up at work. Drug testing services report more positive tests
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Colorado marijuana sales skyrocket to $996M in 2015

February 10th, 2016

Is One Billion Dollars in revenue worth it to you? How do you feel about this tax revenue being used for state infrastructure instead of being spent in the underground market? Licensed and regulated marijuana stores in Colorado sold $996,184,788 worth of recreational and medical cannabis in 2015, according to new data from the state
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