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Positive Tests Climb During Pandemic

Source: Positive Tests for Fentanyl, Heroin, Opioids Climb During Pandemic Tom Valentino, Senior Editor Addiction Professional Rates of positive tests for heroin, non-prescribed fentanyl and non-prescribed opioids each saw significant increases during the first two months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published by Quest Diagnostics. The study, which was published by the journal… Read More


Election Year Politics Protocols for Office Talk

Election Politics Protocols for the Office Most of us are familiar with the old adage cautioning against discussing politics in polite company, but at least one survey a few years ago indicated that employees do not heed this advice in the workplace.  According to the survey by Vault.com, 66% of respondents say  that their coworkers… Read More


Lockdown changed your personality?

Our personalities are shaped by our experiences and social interactions, so how might the months of being isolated from friends, family and colleagues have altered us? There wasn’t just one lockdown – we all had our own experience. Some people were forced into months of unbroken solitude, others trapped for weeks on end with an… Read More


How to Cope With COVID Fatigue

How to Cope With COVID Fatigue Maddy Meislin on July 23, 2020 tags: Managing Stress, Wellness Many are feeling a sense of “COVID fatigue” – pure exhaustion from the pandemic. With so much daily uncertainty and harsh reality on the news, we are growing more stressed with little room to do the coping activities we are accustomed to doing…. Read More


Covid Workplace Airborne Risk?

U.S. companies fear workplace coronavirus precautions do not address airborne risk Caroline Humer 5 MIN READ NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. companies are raising new questions about coronavirus in the workplace how they can make workplaces safe after the world’s top public health agency acknowledged the risk that tiny airborne droplets of the novel coronavirus… Read More


25% at Risk COVID-19 Illness

Nearly 25% of workers are at high risk for serious complications from COVID-19 if infected, according to new analysis from Kaiser Family Foundation. This signals that employers may want to embrace remote work options longer than expected and better prepare for bringing workers back to the workplace. The analysis estimates that 37.7 million workers, or… Read More


Overdose Deaths on the Rise

Tom Valentino, Senior Editor – Addiction Professional Overdose Deaths on the Rise Again Amid COVID-19 Suspected overdose submissions to the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Overdose Data Mapping Application Program from January to April this year are up 16.6% vs. the same period in 2019, according to an ODMAP report. Fatal overdoses are up 11.4%… Read More


CDC & employers’ road to reopening

CDC Dive Brief: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a flowchart outlining the actions employers should take before reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers should first consider whether reopening will be consistent with applicable state and local orders and whether they are prepared to protect employees at a higher risk for severe illness,… Read More


Supreme Court won’t define ADA’s standard

Supreme Court Brief: The U.S.  Supreme Court declined April 27 to take up a case that would resolve the question of what, specifically, a plaintiff bringing an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit must prove. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year held that a district court correctly instructed a jury to apply… Read More


Telehealth and the coronavirus crisis

As the coronavirus crisis pandemic causes new levels of stress and isolation, workers are increasingly turning to their employer-provided mental health plans. In turn, employers are mobilizing to support their workers as they adapt to the new surreal reality of work life. “The disruption in behavior and the uncertainty has led to a lot of… Read More


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