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Poppy Seeds or Poppy Cock?

While it may be true that consuming poppy seeds can affect the outcome of a drug test, a recent article on the BBC entitled ‘These foods can make you test positive for drugs’ may not be entirely accurate. The report lists a number of food types and claims they can make you fail a drug test. From an Occupational Drug Testing perspective, there are a number of questionable elements of the story… Read more

Will cannabis be legalised in the UK?

A Poll undertaken by Crystal Health Group has received more than 750 votes for whether cannabis should be legalised in the UK for recreational use.

The results show a surprising 55% in favour of legalising the class B drug. However, the drug is still illegal despite increased lobbying to relax the laws lead by the Liberal Democrats. Read more

Drug Related Deaths on the Increase.

There were plenty of recent headlines when official figures showed the number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales rose to record levels last year.

But the news did not come as a surprise to us.

The Office for National Statistics reported that 3,674 drug poisoning deaths involving legal and illegal substances were registered in 2015, with nearly 2,500 involving illegal drugs only.

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The use of cocaine and ecstasy in middle-class households is on the rise.

Official figures published in the last week show that 3% of people aged 16-59 in households with an annual income of at least £50,000 said they had taken cocaine in the year to March, up from 2.2% in the previous 12 months.

Use of other ‘recreational’ drugs by the country’s middle classes has also increased sharply. The proportion who had taken ecstasy was 2.2%, up from 1.5% in the previous year, while for cannabis the figure climbed from 5.6% to 6.1%.

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Should Workplace Drug Testing be Mandatory?

Our most recent poll attracted 410 votes and asked the question, ‘should drug testing in the workplace be mandatory?’ …

Drug Testing for Network Rail

Crystal Health Group are proud to announce that we have passed the annual RISQS external audit with flying colours. This …

Poppy seeds or poppy cock part 2

Following our last blog regarding the BBC report on a positive drugs test due to poppy seeds, I thought I would follow up …