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Workplace drug rise

An increase in the number of employees testing positive for drugs in Northland could be due to businesses readying themselves for new health and safety regulations to come into effect next month. The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) tested 5000 Northland people last year, with seven per cent (350) testing positive. Methamphetamine made up 19.6 per …

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Regular methamphetamine use has soared in past five years

By using multipliers for the data based on population numbers, the researchers found that, in 2013–14, there were 268,000 regular methamphetamine users and 160,000 dependent users aged 15 to 54 years in Australia. “This equates to population rates of 2.09% for regular and 1.24% for dependent use,” the study said. “The rate of dependent use …

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TDDA – new owners expanding to create safe work environments in Waikato

The Drug Detection Agency is stepping up efforts against workplace drug and alcohol use in Waikato, with new owners Graeme and Leona Smith keen to create safe work and living environments. Graeme and Leona Smith bought the Waikato-Coromandel arm of the agency recently and, together with a team of 10, provide a comprehensive range of …

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New focus on drug testing

  Some of Northland’s largest organisations are tightening up their drug testing policies for staff amid stricter workplace regulations amid news the region’s rate of failed employee drug tests after workplace incidents is more than double the national average. Glenn Dobson, group general manager of The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA), which operates a branch in …

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