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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Random samples show Kronic widespread in NZ workplaces

Legal highs like Kronic are illegal in the workplace, but workers are taking advantage of limited testing facilities.Synthetic Cannabis-like compounds, such as Kronic, are present in the New Zealand workplace, according to random drug testing done in one industry. Eleven random samples out of 42 taken from New Zealand workers in an un-named industry with critical safety requirements have tested positive for the synthetic cannabinoids, which mimic the effects of cannabis but are undetectable with standard drug testing methods. [...]

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Synthetic Cannabis workplace testing available in NZ

Just because it is legal does not mean it is safe in the workplace.Synthetic cannabis or Kronic as it is widely known as is not illegal in New Zealand. Synthetic Cannabis is herbal mixtures sprayed with ‘psychoactive research chemicals’ and sold as ‘fake weed’ or ‘synthetic marijuana’. JWH-018 and JWH-073 are the two most common ‘synthetic cannabinoids’ chemicals found in a variety of herbal smoking blends sold in NZ, including Spice and Kronic. The name ‘Kronic’ is slang for cannabis; [...]

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