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Blog - Pill Testing & Drug Culture

We can acknowledge that there is a culture of drug consumption in modern society and that there is clearly penetration of these behaviours into other parts of life and culture, including workplaces, domestic environments, and recreation.

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Alarming drug trend in deaths

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has just released its 2016 Causes of Death report.

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Blog - Flakka: a new drug or just more of the same?

Flakka (α-Pyrrolidinopentiophenone) is a recently described street drug that first emerged in Florida. It is a type of synthetic drug, similar to the so-called "designer drugs", designed to evade drug detection systems and to defeat legislation regarding illicit drug use.

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New calls to change approach to drug abuse

New national data has exposed the complex relationship between illicit drug abuse and mental illness, leading to renewed calls for a different approach to addiction.

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Employed people drink at 'riskier' levels

Employed people are more inclined to regularly drink riskier levels of alcohol than the unemployed, data suggests.

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Blog - An Alarming New Trend in Opioid Use

A recent phenomenon observed in the US and reported widely by police on social media is the incidence of parents found in their car in public spaces, completely unconscious due to opioid (including heroin) abuse. In cases that have been reported, children have been found in the vehicle raising ire...

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Ice causes death in many ways, overdose is just one of them

Methamphetamine (usually colloquially referred to as “ice”) is a major public health problem in Australia. When we think of methamphetamine-related death, however, we tend to focus on overdose. This is a very real and valid concern. But the extent of the problem extends far beyond drug toxicity.

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Blog - The Many Excuses for Positive Drug Tests

We acknowledge that the on-site drug testing process, using immunologically-based methods, may have some potential for ‘false positive’. These results are attributable to cross-reactions with medications, foods or other substances that may be present. However, we are extremely confident that the laboratory confirmation procedures, using chromatographic anlysis with mass spectrometric...

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Australia's most dangerous drugs are from the doctors, not the dealers

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation (ADF) is calling for greater public education about the dangers of prescription drug use.

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Deficits in attention and executive functioning linked to frequency of alcohol, drug use

Impairments in processing and using information that help with decision-making and planning simple tasks such as grocery shopping are linked with one's frequency of alcohol or drug use according to a new study. Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Medical Center found that cognitive...

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Blog - Hair testing for drugs of abuse

Workplace drug testing is most commonly based on oral fluid or urine samples in which the presence of drug (or metabolites) above permitted levels can be determined by on-site devices (usually immunoassay). Laboratory confirmation tests may then accurately measure  concentrations of specific drug identities.

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Drug testing in hospitality and fire security

Illicit drug use and abuse have negatively impacted various aspects of society. With the growing number of cases of drug abuse in the workplace, the situation has risen to an alarming level. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), more than 68.9 per cent of all drug...

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Thousands of flu cases prompt call for vaccinations

With the number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases already well ahead of the number confirmed by the same time last year, Queensland Health said it was a good reminder for people to get their flu shots.

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Medvet Retains Quality and Safety Certification

As part of Medvet's continuing commitment to excellence, we have recently undergone an audit of our management systems. Certified organisations must be fully re-accredited every three years. This involves the independent examination of our systems, processes, and policies; measuring them against rigorous international quality standards.

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Blog - Hemp and Drug Testing

There have been lobby groups in existence for a long time who seek the legalisation of the use of hemp and hemp products, and the decriminalisation of recreational cannabis use. While hemp has many potential uses, ranging from textiles and fibres, to construction materials and animal feeds, its availability has...

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800 Australians die per year from prescription drug overdoses, experts say

The number of overdoses from prescription pain killers is on the rise, health experts warn, with users saying opiates are easier to obtain than drugs like ice.

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Drug testing employees? Make sure you’ve got a policy in place

You suspect one of your staff members is regularly turning up to work affected by their drug intake. Or there’s been an incident at work, and an investigation has uncovered that the staff member involved was impaired by alcohol at the time. What do you do?

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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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