drug testing

When you picture a person suffering from opioid addiction, who comes to mind? Do you picture a stranger, a friend or relative? Or how about ... a coworker?

If that hasn't crossed your mind, consider this: according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 50 percent of those who reported abusing pain medication also said they have a full-time job, while an additional 15 percent said they work part-time. That reality has some employers rethinking their approach to drug use in their workforce.

opioids and prescription medicine bottle
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Drug addiction counselors are speaking out against a bill that would send ex-convicts to jail if they fail a drug test. They say this proposal uses the judicial system to solve a health-care crisis.

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An Ohio lawmaker wants the state to take tougher action when an ex-convict on parole fails a random drug test. The proposal is meant to act as an intervention for addicts.

The new BCI drug testing lab in Springfield, Ohio.
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, along with officials from Clark County and the city of Springfield, unveiled a new Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab in downtown Springfield on Tuesday.

Welfare Drug Testing Bill Revived In Ohio House

Aug 5, 2015
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There’s a new bill that would drug test Ohioans receiving some state benefits. Previous similar bills have been shot down in past general assemblies, but the sponsors say this legislation is different.