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Drugs of Abuse – A DEA Resource Guide 2017

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Drugs of Abuse, A DEA Resource Guide, is designed to be a reliable resource on the most commonly abused and misused drugs in the United States. This comprehensive guide provides important information about the harms and consequences of drug use by describing a drug’s effects on the body and mind, overdose potential, origin, legal status, and other key facts. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places all substances which were in some manner regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules. This placement is based upon the substance’s medical use, potential for abuse, and safety or dependence liability. https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/drug_of_abuse.pdf [...]

Background Checks: What Employers Need To Know

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When making personnel decisions - including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment - employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person's work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of social media. Except for certain restrictions related to medical and genetic information, it's not illegal for an employer to ask questions about an applicant's or employee's background, or to require a background check. A joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/upload/eeoc_ftc_background_checks_employers.pdf https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employers.cfm

Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know

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Some employers look into your background before deciding whether to hire you, or before deciding whether you can keep your job. When they do, you have legal rights. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a federal law that regulates background reports for employment, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces federal laws against employment discrimination.  This publication explains these laws, and how to contact the FTC and EEOC if you think an employer has broken the law. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/upload/eeoc_ftc_background_checks_employees.pdf https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employees.cfm

The Attorney General’s Report On Criminal History Background Checks

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There is widespread interest in obtaining access to criminal history record information from reliable sources for the purpose of screening an individual’s suitability for employment, licensing, or placement in positions of trust. The interest is based on a desire or perceived need to evaluate the risk of hiring or placing someone with a criminal record in particular positions and is intended to protect employees, customers, vulnerable persons, and business assets. https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ag_bgchecks_report.pdf

The Facts About Background Screening

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As employers, landlords and volunteer groups seek to make informed decisions related to hiring and ensuring safety in our workplaces and communities there continues to be a focus on background screening. Workplace violence, fraud, embezzlement, and theft are a multi-billion dollar drain on our economy— a cost that can easily be mitigated. Background screening is an effective tool to prevent this drain, in addition to providing a variety of different uses that benefit public well-being. The terms "background screening” or “background check” can mean different things when used in different contexts, however, and it is important to understand the distinctions. [...]

Conducting Background Investigations and Reference Checks

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In a 2018 HR.com report sponsored by the National Association of Background Screeners (NABS), 95 percent of surveyed employers indicated that they use one or more types of employment background screening. The report also showed that while most respondents conducted checks during the hiring process, others did so throughout the employment life cycle. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/toolkits/pages/conductingbackgroundinvestigations.aspx

The Opioid Epidemic Numbers Graphic

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Drug overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. From 1999 to 2017, more than 700,000 people have died from a drug overdose. Around 68% of the more than 70,200 drug overdose deaths in 2017 involved an opioid. In 2017, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and illegal opioids like heroin and illicitly manufactured fentanyl) was 6 times higher than in 1999. On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/ https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

Just How Addictive Are Opioids?

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We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Prescription opioids are being over-prescribed and misused. People have become addicted when taking opioids prescribed for them by doctors for acute, chronic, or post-surgical pain; or when inappropriately taking meds prescribed for others; or when buying illegal drugs on the street. https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/just-how-addictive-are-opioids/  

Employers Take Steps to Address Opioid Crisis

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U.S. employers are increasingly seeking ways to reduce the abuse of prescription opioids, according to new findings from the Washington, D.C.-based National Business Group on Health (NBGH), which represents large employers. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/steps-to-address-opioid-crisis.aspx  

What Is Kratom?

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Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia. Consumption of its leaves produces both stimulant effects (in low doses) and sedative effects (in high doses), and can lead to psychotic symptoms, and psychological and physiological dependence. The psychoactive ingredient is found in the leaves from the kratom tree. https://issuu.com/usdtl/docs/substance_v10i1_2018_for_issuu?e=16760800/68224420  

Increase in Maternal Opioid Use Disorder and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

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Use of opioids during pregnancy can result in a drug withdrawal syndrome in newborns called neonatal abstinence syndrome or neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NAS/NOWS).  Every 15 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/dramatic-increases-in-maternal-opioid-use-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome

Fentanyl, Drugs, Alcohol Use In Utero – Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)

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Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) throughout the United States has risen dramatically. Fentanyl is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. 1 in 10 pregnant women reported alcohol use. https://issuu.com/usdtl/docs/neotox_winterspring_2019_for_issuu?e=16760800/68221836