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According to the National Safety Council, approximately one in 13 working adults has an alcohol use disorder. Among working adults, nearly 2% were addicted to marijuana. Workers in construction and extraction experience the highest rates of substance use disorders, with 15.6% of employees on average living with a substance use disorder. Drugs and alcohol create unique challenges in the work environment. In the post-COVID pandemic world with many employees working from home, it may be harder to ensure to that employees comply and do not engage in drug use or impairment while at work. To minimize liabilities, employers should develop robust drug and alcohol policies.

According to a Rutgers study, College students with physical and cognitive disabilities use illicit drugs more, and have a higher prevalence of drug use disorder, than their non-disabled peers. An estimated 41 percent of college students have used an illicit drug, most widely marijuana. The American College Health Association estimates that 54 percent of students have a disability.

Opioid overdose deaths are surging nationwide, while the global pandemic continues. The increase in opioid overdose deaths is likely linked to the restrictions and closures due to COVID-19 that have hindered access to treatment and recovery services for those suffering from substance use disorder. #opioidcrisis #pandemic

Researchers at National Health Promotion Associates (NHPA) are testing a new online program to prevent drug abuse in high school students, especially since most schools are shifting to remote learning. The e-LST program teaches students valuable life skills to help them avoid drug use and other health risks.   

According to a study in San Francisco, sudden deaths are often assumed to be caused by a failing heart. About 17 percent of deaths assumed to be caused by cardiac arrest may actually have resulted from drug overdose. Opioids were involved in 46,802 overdose deaths in the US in 2018, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

According to Shawna Wasko at the Office on Aging, Idaho ranks sixth in the nation for grandparents acting as parents, and drug use is one of the contributing factors. The Office of Aging does have support groups for grandparents who are helping to raise their grandchildren. 

New research shows that high opioid use can cause partial or full hearing loss. According to executive and medical director of the New Jersey Poison Control Center, research shows that any opioid can cause hearing loss. 

According to the American Medical Association, more than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality. Experts say telehealth still isn’t reaching key groups suffering from addiction. Telemedicine could help reduce the danger posed to high-risk patients seeking medical attention amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

According to a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly 12,000 youth, as many as 7% of moms-to-be use marijuana while pregnant, and that number is rising fast as more use it to quell morning sickness. New research suggests such use could have a lasting impact on the fetal brain, influencing children’s sleep for as much as a decade.