Drug Free Workplace Policies

An effective drug-free workplace policy is one of the best ways for employers to protect their businesses. An effective program does not end with pre-employment screening, since any drug user can count up to three days before the test and then begin to use again after being hired.

Drug-free workplace policies reduce the amount of sick time, absenteeism, workman’s comp claims, insurance premiums, and protects against civil lawsuits because of an employee who inflicts damage on others because of impairment.

Communities that emphasize and encourage drug-free workplace practices can have an impact on overall drug use in the community. When combined with effective education and prevention, and by increasing the incentive of users to seek treatment, we can promote a drug-free culture and a thriving business environment that protects individuals, families and the community.

While some might think they don’t need a drug-free workplace policy, as we discussed last week, that’s really not true. Small businesses, not just large companies, need firm drug testing policies.

One new form of marijuana that’s growing in popularity nationwide underscores the need for workplace drug testing programs. This dangerous drug, wax marijuana, can easily be used in the workplace because it doesn’t look like regular marijuana — and frighteningly, it’s the most powerful form of the drug.

Here’s what employers need to know about wax marijuana, and why it shows the need to participate in Drug Free Work Week.

The 411 on Wax Marijuana – and What it Means for Drug Free Workplace Programs

With aliases like butter and honeycomb because of its waxy texture, wax is the most powerful form of marijuana.

According to wax marijuana users, a single hit can leave a high lasting all day. One dosage is equal to 20 marijuana cigarettes and can produce powerful hallucinations and psychotic effects. This potency is because wax marijuana is more than 80% pure THC.

Manufacturers produce wax by extracting the main psychoactive compound, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), from marijuana. They use flammable substances like butane in the process, which makes it quite dangerous, but renders the wax marijuana very strong.

While wax marijuana is legal in states like Colorado and Washington, it’s illegal under federal law and in most states.

Employers should take note – due to its appearance, wax marijuana can be passed off as lip balm.

This means that your employees could bring the most powerful form of marijuana into the workplace and use it right under your nose.

Remember, any on-the-clock substance abuse has lasting effects on your workplace, particularly when it comes to the safety of your employees. Just one hit of wax marijuana can result in an extremely powerful, daylong high — rendering your worker a serious danger to everyone around them.

Your workplace needs a drug testing policy to combat new trends in substance use, like wax marijuana.

Drug Free Work Week is a great opportunity for you to take stock of your existing drug testing policy or create a new workplace drug testing program. If you don’t take the time now to create or revise a policy, you may pay for it down the line as your employees try new drugs, such as wax marijuana, and end up causing injuries or financial damage to your workplace.

Partner With ARCpoint Labs for Workplace Drug Testing Policies.

Located nationwide, ARCpoint Labs provides workplace drug testing assistance. We can work with you to create and implement a drug testing policy that fits your unique needs, considering desired detection windows, new and emerging drugs, and your community’s particular substance abuse issues. Let us work with you to carry out a custom drug testing program.

Source: http://sober-work-place.com/drug-testing-2/with-wax-marijuana-use-on-the-rise-make-sure-you-celebrate-drug-free-work-week/  Introduction from Monte Stiles from DWI

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