A smarter way to fight fires Ben Franklin’s observation that “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” originally referred to fire prevention. But nearly 300 years later, that wisdom is just as relevant in the context of the drug epidemic. And the stakes are every bit as high. The US is facing…

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Synthetic Marijuana Overdoses in the Lehigh Valley: What you need to know Emergency departments at Lehigh Valley hospitals are seeing a rash of overdoses among synthetic marijuana users. Dr. Kenneth Katz, a medical toxicologist with the Lehigh Valley Health Network, has called the increase of overdoses in the past two weeks “monumental.” Synthetic marijuana is…

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Urine drug testing model likely to rollout nationwide This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a hearing to address reimbursement policies for various lab services, including urine drug testing. Andrea G. Barthwell, MD, FASAM, who manages Two Dreams Treatment Centers and is a consultant to the laboratory industry, provided testimony to…

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6 Best Practices for Managing Unhappy Employees Leading a team isn’t easy, and it requires specific skills that not everybody has. Even if you have these skills in spades, at some point, you’ll find yourself faced with the challenge of dealing with an unhappy employee. If you handle this well, you may be able to…

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The Most Dangerous Person in Your Office After years in the working world, one begins to notice patterns. Personality types. A rotating cast of characters. Take a moment to reflect on all the personality types you’ve interacted with in the office. Have you ever met the “Worst Person in Front of Me Right Now?” You…

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Drug Testing Whether or not to drug test employees can be a sensitive subject. Sometimes employers would rather not know if their employees are engaged in illegal drug use. Or they may assume that any drug use is done off the clock and therefore is outside their authority. In both cases, not knowing could be…

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