All employers should have a written and clearly-spelt-out drug and alcohol policy in place. It is important for employees to feel safe and secure enough to be able to come forward and admit it when you have a substance abuse problem, which is why an official workplace policy should be supportive rather than threatening. As long as an employee is willing to get help, they should be given a chance to go to rehab and get clean, without being scared that they will lose their jobs.
Drugs and alcohol are now freely available to teenagers and even younger children in New Zealand. The question then is, what makes some children take up drug or alcohol habits, when others avoid these substances? Continue reading “Drugs and alcohol”
New Zealand has many groups and organisations in most towns and cities dedicated to helping people affected either by their own alcohol and / or drug use or that of others. They are usually not hard to find. Continue reading “Alcohol & Drug Help”
Violence in the home – sometimes fuelled by alcohol (and/or drugs) – is killing our families and producing a generation of children who know little about growing up in safe and secure homes. Continue reading “Alcohol’s role in family violence”
Alcohol affects how we drive. The risk rapidly increases
as the blood-alcohol level rises. If we drink and drive with a blood-alcohol level over 80mg per 100ml we are at least three times more likely to be in a crash than a sober driver. People with a high blood alcohol level are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash than those who are sober. Continue reading “Drink Driving”
Party pills also known as social tonics, herbal highs, or just herbals – commonly contain the chemical benzylpiperazine (BZP) and a combination of other additives, such as amino acids. They also often contain triflouromethylphenylpiperazine (TFMPP). Continue reading “Drugs – Party Pills”
A lot is said and written about tobacco, and we won’t add too much to it here.
However, a few facts might be pertinent. Tobacco smoke contains 4000 chemicals, many of which are poisonous, and 43 that have been proven to be carcinogenic causing cancer). Continue reading “Drugs – Tobacco”
Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of the male hormone, testosterone. They come in tablet or liquid form and can be swallowed or injected. Steroids sold illegally might be of poor quality or intended for animal use only. Continue reading “Drugs – Steroids”
Benzodiazepines (sometimes called benzos) are also referred to as minor tranquillisers. They work by slowing the central nervous system’s activity.
Inhalants are volatile substances (many of which are familiar household items) that, when vaporised and inhaled, might make the user feel intoxicated or high. Like alcohol, inhalants are depressants. Street names are Glue, Gas, Sniff, Huff, Chroming (as in the use of chrome paint) and Poppers. Continue reading “Drugs – Inhalants”