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Drug Testing Should Be Mandatory for Physicians to Improve Patient Safety

Drug Testing Should Be Mandatory for Physicians to Improve Patient Safety

  Across the industrial scope, many professionals, including pilots and railroad conductors, are subject to random drug testing, especially in the fields where the smallest mistakes could lead to the loss of life. Few occupations have as many lives in the balances as do physicians. Because of this, there has been a call for mandatory drug testing of physicians. Why should the field of medicine be any different? If anything, physicians should have been among the first … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs

DUI Testing Should Test For Drugs

  In the ongoing quest to make the world’s roads safer, law enforcement authorities have tried numerous approaches to deter people from getting behind the wheels of their cars after consuming alcohol.  On television we see ads that show drunken motorists getting pulled over and tested for driving under the influence (DUI).  Other television ads describe the consequences of DUI arrests.  Police checkpoints act as another major deterrence to drunk drivers.  Now we have Canadian police using oral swabs to test the saliva of motorists for illicit drugs as well as alcohol. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) of Canada is asking Canadian law enforcement to step up their efforts to catch drivers who are operating their cars or motorcycles under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  There are several ways to detect … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs

States May Start Drug Testing Welfare Participants

  Lawmakers in three states are in the process of introducing new state legislation that would require welfare recipients to pass a drug test before receiving any new benefits. The Ohio State Senate has held hearings to discuss proposals to implement the idea.  If the proposal passes, Ohio would establish a pilot drug-testing program in three counties.  Under the new program, welfare applicants would be asked to submit to a drug test.  Only applicants who admitted to using illegal drugs in the past would be required to pass the drug test. The proposal made its way to the Senate floor earlier this year.  It faced strong pressure from opponents, including Ohio governor John Kasich.  The Ohio legislation that is proposed earmarks about $100,000 for drug treatment programs, showing a degree of care and … Read entire article »

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Former Miss Teen United States, Kari Ann Peniche is Up to No Good—Yet Again

  Kari Ann Peniche, star of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” and former Miss United States Teen is in danger, once again, of losing custody of her child.  New evidence has come to light, showing that Peniche, age 28, has been ordering bogus urine off the internet and “injecting it into her vagina” in order to pass court mandated drug tests. A “friend” of Peniche’s filed a declaration in court claiming he accompanied her to a drug testing facility in July of this year and actually witnessed her injecting the liquid into her vagina so she would secrete the purchased urine in the event that a staffer accompanied her into the bathroom and that Peniche admitted to paying off members of the staff at the drug testing facility in exchange for clean urine samples. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Celebrity News

The Consequences of Using Steroids

  Melky Cabrera, outfielder for the 2012 National League champion San Francisco Giants, has fallen far and fast.  Just weeks after the conclusion of the 2012 All-Star break, in which he was named Most Valuable Player, Cabrera was drug-tested by Major League Baseball.  This was nothing out of the ordinary as all players are subject to random testing. The results of Cabrera’s drug test showed that he had been using testosterone, a performance enhancing drug that is banned by Major League Baseball.  In recent years, professional baseball has enacted tough new rules meant to “crack down” on illegal anabolic steroid use by players.  As a result, the league’s relatively new rule to issue a mandatory 50 game suspension has been imposed on Cabrera. The Giant’s star, who was leading the league with a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Alcohol and Drugs, Celebrity News

New Legislation Bans Synthetics

  In recent years drug makers have begun marketing substances that can be used like street drugs.  Bath salts, spice and K2 have been sold in gas stations and smoke shops in order to provide a legal high for their users. Synthetic drugs work by mimicking the effects of more familiar substances.  The synthetic cannabinoids in fake pot can make a user feel like he or she has smoked weed, while the synthetic cathinones in bath salts (including Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, or MDPV, and mephedrone) can replicate the high of ecstasy or speed – and until recently, users could get these effects without the complications of using an illegal drug.  In an attempt to outsmart the government and make a profit, these drug makers threw caution to the wind and chose to mass produce these … Read entire article »

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Doping in the Olympics: More than 100 Athletes Already Banned from the 2012 London Games

  The Olympic Games, a time for countries to watch and support their fellow citizens trying to win the prized gold medal, has been a tradition for thousands of years, stemming from Olympia, Greece, and dating back to the 8th century BC.  Recently, there have been countless stories in the news about athletes using performance-enhancing drugs to boost their strength and stamina, subsequently putting the World Anti-Doping Agency on edge this year at the 2012 London Olympic Games.  The WADA is testing every athlete who potentially could qualify for the games, and continuing to do so throughout the event to ensure the integrity of the games.  So far, in the last six months through mid-June 2012, there have been more than 107 athletes who have been banned from competing in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Life

Drug Doping has Spread to NASCAR

  Just recently in NASCAR news, A.J. Allmendinger, a respected driver in the sport of high-speed racing, tested positive for a type of stimulant, subsequently suspending him from racing until his “B” sample is tested further.  The sample will be tested by Aegis Sciences Corp. next week in Nashville, Tennessee.  One much esteemed NASCAR star, Carl Edwards, says that the random drug-testing policy in place for its drivers needs to be modified.  Edwards made this remark concerning the taking of substances that people may not be aware of as far as the drug properties go, “People are imperfect. Tests are imperfect. One of the first things my trainer told me when he started working with me is, ‘Be careful. Anything you ingest is made somewhere, and you don’t know what that … Read entire article »

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Obama Bans Bath Salts and Spice

  On Monday, 09 July 2012, President Obama signed into action a bill banning 31 forms of synthetic drugs and similar future drugs that have not yet been put on the market (Haggin).  The bill targets the synthetic drugs used recreationally such as bath salts, spice, K2, and many other variations.  As drug companies producing these compounds continuously tweak their chemical formulation — many believe the pharmaceutical industry have had new products prepared in the event that the old ones would be made illegal—the bill also outlawed these future compounds that would have similar effects and bear only slight differences in their molecular structures. Previously, 30 states have individually banned certain synthetic drugs or compounds of synthetic drugs, but it did little good given the continuous evolution of those types of drugs and … Read entire article »

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  There is nothing more petrifying to a drug addict than a drug test. Just the thought of stopping for a few weeks so I could pass a test would make me cringe. I would always just end up failing the test anyway; I could not abstain from drugs for such an extended period of time. As much as I hated it, the drug test was necessary to remind me of what I was doing to my body. Now that I look back on it, I cannot believe how ridiculous I was in trying to avoid those tests. Watching the political struggle over the topic is even more amusing. For example, a bill was just passed in Tennessee that will require drug testing as a requisite to receive welfare support. Well it … Read entire article »

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