Workplace drug test swoop nets 31 coal mine staff

Workplace drug testing at the Stockton Mine on the West Coast has seen 31 Solid Energy staff and contractors test positive for illegal drugs and street-legal synthetic drugs. Solid Energy communications manager Vicki Blyth confirmed that Stockton Alliance carried out drug and alcohol testing at the mine during the week of 22nd June. In all 882 staff and contractors were tested and 20 of them gave positive results for the presence of illegal drugs, including a supervisor. Testing of [...]

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ESR calls for ‘herbal highs’ to be regulated

New research by Environmental Science and Research (ESR) shows that Synthetic cannabis products contain an alarming cocktail of chemicals whose side-effects are largely unknown. ESR tested 43 of the 'legal' herbal highs available in New Zealand and found that all of them contain at least one synthetic cannabinoid - and in many cases more. Ten of the products - or nearly a quarter - contained four or more. ESR scientist Paul Fitzmaurice said "Some of the products available in [...]

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