Cannabis a major issue in workplaces


In recent weeks we’ve provided information on cannabis and it’s potential to cause mental health issues and the danger it poses in the workplace due to its side effects. So how much of a concern is cannabis in the workplace?

Results from testing conducted by Integrity Sampling leading up to Christmas last year, suggest that cannabis is a major drug problem in workplaces. The testing of 2750 people in Victorian workplaces between September and December 2014, resulted in 135 employees providing a positive test for drugs and alcohol.

While methamphetamines, such as ICE and speed, were the big ‘winners’ in the positive test results, cannabis was also a major contributor with 18 positive drug tests.

Overall, the 135 positive results for drugs and alcohol, means that 1 in 20 employees tested were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Testing in other states is producing similar results.

With the detection of drug use on the rise in recent times, Integrity Sampling expects the number of positive test results will climb this year. This is not only a sobering thought leading up to Christmas, it also means that businesses must continue to be vigilant in tracking drug usage in the workplace.

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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