Doping in sport is in the headlines again. Crystal Health polled 170 people and asked ‘Do you think doping still occurs in UK Athletics?’ Read more
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Our most recent poll attracted 410 votes and asked the question, ‘should drug testing in the workplace be mandatory?’
The results of the poll were as follows: Read more
Crystal Health Group are proud to announce that we have passed the annual RISQS external audit with flying colours. This allows the company to perform drug and alcohol testing for Network Rail and its sub-contractors.
Following our last blog regarding the BBC report on a positive drugs test due to poppy seeds, I thought I would follow up with a real life example that occurred recently with one of our clients at a random workplace drug test for their employees. Read more
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
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
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.
Almost half of UK men who take a paternity test turn out not to be the real father, research undertaken by DNA Clinics shows.
We analysed the results of 5,000 tests selected randomly from those conducted for clients between January 2014 and June 2016.
In a first for the UK, visitors to the Secret Garden Party, an arts and music festival held annually at Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, were given the chance to have their illegal drugs tested to determine their content before they took them.
Around 200 people used the testing facility, which had the blessing of the local police and council.
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%.