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Workplace Wellness Blog

Binge Drinking: Alcohol Awareness and Education for Employees

The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming alcohol to a .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) and beyond. This level of binge drinking often requires as little as a few drinks within an hour’s time in healthy adults. Binge drinking can lead to serious and life-threatening problems.Of those who have reported binge drinking, four times per month, averaging about once [...]

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​Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training PowerPoint: What You Need to Say About Binge Drinking

The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming alcohol to a .08 BAC (Blood Alcohol Content) and beyond. This is a very simple definition. And as you might guess, a lot people are guilty of binge drinking. Binge drinking happens by choice with some drinkers, and uncontrollably because of alcoholism, where drinking uncontrollably is a symptom of the illness alcoholism, also [...]

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DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training PowerPoint -- Should You Insert Information on ​Internet Drugs: What Parents Should Know

Should a class full of supervisors waiting for a DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training PowerPoint to start also be given a little bit of information on teen substance abuse? I think they should. After training supervisors, educating employees, and running a 25-bed hospital for teen drug addicts in Los Angeles, I am convinced that the crossovers, although [...]

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DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training PowerPoint -- Critical to Mention Fentanyl

We're adding Fentanyl information to the DOT Reasonable Suspicion PowerPoint, beginning next week. We will take the content directly from our Fentanyl program. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid crisis. Pain medications like hydrocodone have long been the focus of news, [...]

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What's New Going on with Reasonable Suspicion Testing and Opioids?

What new semi-synthetic opioid testing means to your transportation workersStarting in January 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation added four semi-synthetic opioids to drug screens for truck drivers and “safety-sensitive” transportation employees.You will now find mention of these substances in reasonable suspicion training for DOT supervisors. Due to concerns about the increasing opioid epidemic in the United States, the DOT added [...]

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5 of 43 Signs and Symptoms of Reasonable Suspicion for Drug and Alcohol Use By An Employee: Dramatic Weight Loss

"Dramatic weight loss"...It's often cited as a symptom of drug abuse on those checklists you can find online. Most addiction treatment professionals will tell you dramatic weight loss, when considered a symptom, is due to the effect of some "speed like" drug -- cocaine, amphetamine abuse, using other forms of diet pills, etc.  Of course, many [...]

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Welcome to "Supervisor de FrontLine" - the EAP Newsletter for Latino Community Supervisors

Increase supervisor referrals of troubled workers to your employee assistance program by reaching managers and supervisors who speak Spanish, using the all new Supervisor de FrontLine EAP newsletter -- the same newsletter as the English version, but translated into Spanish for managers who are from Latin American countries.Buy now for $675/12 issues unlimited reproduction and editing.The [...]

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An Annual Reminder to All Supervisors about Maintaining a Respectful Workplace Is A Good Idea

Everyone once in a while as I look for workplace news that helps reduce behavioral risk, I see something simple, yet remarkable.The University of Oregon now provides an annual letter to all supervisors and leadership that reminds them about the employer's expectations for maintaining a respectful workplace.While many organizations have respect in the workplace policies, [...]

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New Year's Resolutions 2019

8 Great Tips to Help You Achieve New Year Resolutions this YearAfter a relaxing holiday season, the New Year fills us with an inherent sense of optimism, beckoning us to forget failures of the year gone by and start over. (I like forgetting the past sometimes.)Whether it is losing weight, cutting back on expenses, finding the time to pursue [...]

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No Weenie Whistle: Coping with Post Holiday Blues

It's a myth that all depressed or lonely people despise the holiday season or see it as stressful. In fact, many view this time of year as a positive experience. They look forward to participating in the get-togethers with friends and family, shopping for gifts and decorating. There are plenty of distractions and merriment to keep lonely and depressed [...]

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