2009 Drug Free Work Week Myth: In 2006, the next drug-class abused after alcohol by individuals 12 years of age and older was THC (marihuana etc.), as it has been for decades. Reality: Surprisingly, for the first time in years, "illicit pain-relievers" inched out THC as that next class of drugs abused after alcohol. Employer Tip: Stay current with the latest drug addiction trends, some of which are geographically specific. It is best-practice to add oxycodone to drug testing regimens, especially in the northeast, where epidemic abuse is emerging. Additionally, parent education must stress this startling development. Myth: The DOT's standard drug test detects oxycoton, because one of the "standard panels" measures for the opiate class of drugs. Reality: Not so! In fact most standard drug screens will not detect oxycodone (semi-synthetic opiate) unless it is present in very high quantities. A survey of MDs at a major academic hospital found most physicians to be unaware of this. (workersxzcompxzkit) Employer Tip: Annually consult a clinical substance abuse expert to review your DFW plan. Immediately add oxycodone to all drug screening protocols. Authors: Bill White MSN and Katharine White MSN About the authors: K & B White are leadership entrepreneurs who co-founded DFW-Renaissance Inc. (www.dfw-r.com) and co-developed managerial science innovation DFW-R Lean CultureTM (to create/sustain highly engaged drug free workforces). Both are former hospital C-Suite executives with extensive drug treatment, leadership and behavioral health experience. Look for their upcoming headline article in DATIA Focus on DFW Culture Change and Employee Morale. They can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and phone at 401-615-8775.
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