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Food Lab Closure

With regret Medvet announces the closing our Food, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Testing service, by 30th June 2017.

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Medvet wants to hear from you

To ensure we're providing the very best service, we've put together a (very) quick survey about drug and alcohol testing. If you're a current, past or even a potential customer, Medvet would like to know how you feel about

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Blog - Codeine and Drug Testing

Codeine is an opiate analgesic, used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain that does not respond to aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen alone. It is available in a wide range of over-the-counter preparations for pain and fever in combination with paracetamol (e.g. Panamax Co) or ibuprofen (Nurofen Plus).

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Thousands of Australians diagnosed with influenza already in 2017

Almost 7,000 influenza cases have been diagnosed so far this year, a rise of about 1,000 since the same period in 2016.

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Police blitz nabs 'alarming' number of truck drivers under influence of drugs

One in 37 Victorian truck drivers tested positive to drug-driving, almost double the national figure, in a police blitz this week.

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BLOG - Introducing Dr Edwards

His role includes providing toxicology advice and support for clients regarding drug and alcohol testing procedures and interpreting drug test results. He is a graduate of Adelaide University with a PhD in toxicology and the measurement of occupational chemical exposures using samples of blood and urine.

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SA water testing reveals dramatic spike in drug use

Water testing of Adelaide's wastewater has revealed a 25% spike in methamphetamine use over the past year, and a tripling of consumption over the past five years.

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Do you have to take a drug test at work?

If your boss wants you to take a drug test do you have to do it? And if your test is positive, can your employment be terminated?

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Alcohol impacts performance, staff feel pressured to drink it

Alcohol is the “defining social glue” for many young employees, with non-drinkers often excluded in many circles, according to new research by the think tank Demos in Britain.

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The Next Pandemic

As Louis Pasteur once put it, ‘Gentlemen, it is the microbes who will have the last word’.

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The fact-check on whether pot is safer than alcohol

Arizona is one of five US states with marijuana legalisation on the ballot this northern fall, and the state's Republican governor, Doug Ducey, is not happy about it.

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How Women Are Targeted To Drink More

Problematic drinking by women can be overlooked as they do not drink as much, or as often, as men. Yet alcohol has a greater effect on women. For biological reasons women cannot process alcohol as quickly or as efficiently as men.

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Drugs and alcohol at work – a dismissible offence?

Firing an employee who turns up for work while drunk or on drugs might seem like the right thing to do at the time, however hasty decisions could expose employers to substantial legal risk.

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Outrage as 500% more miners caught on ice

A MINING company said the number of workers testing positive to illegal drugs and alcohol has increased 500 per cent since it introduced a new testing program.

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Is it time to review your drug & alcohol policy?

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace can have a devastating impact on business operations and expose employers to costly legal claims, therefore it is essential that companies implement a strong drug and alcohol policy to help reduce safety risks and discharge health and safety obligations.

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Hangovers cost Australian business $3 billion a year

Hangovers cost businesses $3 billion a year in absenteeism and make up for 11.5 million sick days, according to new research from the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) at Flinders University.

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Ice abuse rampant in construction industry, calls for mandatory on-site drug testing

CONSTRUCTION bosses are calling on the Queensland Government to introduce tough compulsory drug-testing on building sites as employees fear attacks from co-workers hooked on ice.

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Jump in number of truck drivers testing positive for ice concerns police

More truck drivers are being caught driving under the influence of drugs, including ice, prompting a warning from police that a rogue element is threatening public safety on the state's roads.

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Targeting popular people is the best way to vaccinate against flu

Influenza is a global health problem that affects 3-5m people a year and causes fatalities among the very old, the very young, and those with existing medical conditions. The virus spreads through contact. When we look at people’s social networks, an inter-connected web emerges that can help disease spread.

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Tasmanian dairy farmers battling drug use among staff as far north west region sees a rise in illegal drug use

There are concerns an increase in illegal drug use in Tasmania's far north west could be spreading to the dairy industry.

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How developing a safety culture can help your company’s bottom line

The business benefits of safety often focus on cost avoidance. Companies know that every workplace safety incident incurs both direct costs, like the cost of medical treatment, and indirect costs, like loss of work time and affect on morale.

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One In 5 Australian Workers Admits Being Drunk On The Job

The next time you’re watching Parliament and wondering if the MPs are drunk, you have a 20% chance of being right according to a poll conducted by the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF).

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Why drinks, drugs and work don’t mix

Did you know that more than one in 20 Australian workers admit to having worked under the influence of alcohol and almost one in 50 report attending work under the influence of psychoactive drugs?

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