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Marijuana Dangers and the Importance of Drug Testing

By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics

Marijuana dangers in the workplace are a real concern with the evolving state laws for the recreational use of marijuana. Whether it is for medical or recreational use, cannabis has become a hot topic across the United States.

At the time of this writing, 33 states and the District of Columbia currently have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form. For instance, the District of Columbia and 11 states — Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington — have adopted the most expansive laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

As marijuana and marijuana products become legally available and accessible to more people, a reasonable concern is, could using them lead to using dangerous illegal substances? Because of this, it is a major reason for pre-employment drug testing.

When a workplace accident happens, the first thing I wonder is why? A drug screen like a 10-panel test takes you one step closer to answering that question. There are other reasons that I think post-accident drug testing is so important, though.

Marijuana Dangers – does it Lead to the Use and Abuse of Other Drugs?

Much debate revolves around whether or not using marijuana might eventually result in experimenting with and becoming addicted to illicit substances like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines, etc.

The type of marijuana at the heart of the controversy is the Cannabis Sativa species, which is high in THC cannabinoids that may produce psychoactive results. People typically use marijuana recreationally to relax and decrease anxiety.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana use has the potential to lead to “marijuana use disorder” characterized by feeling dependent on the drug. Nearly one-third of marijuana users may be afflicted with it. In severe cases, it can lead to cannabis addiction. The effects of cannabis on one individual to the next can vary.

Marijuana Dangers Combined with Other Factors

Studies have indicated that the majority of adults who use marijuana recreationally do not go on to use harder drugs. However, if individuals’ judgment is impaired when using marijuana, there’s a risk that they might try other substances.

There are also other environmental and psychological factors that, combined with marijuana use, might put a person in danger of trying addictive drugs. For instance, these factors include social, environment, genetics, mental health, the degree of marijuana use (light versus heavy), and addiction to nicotine or alcohol.

Regardless of marijuana’s role in leading to the use and abuse of other substances, the possible long-term health effects of cannabis should be considered.

The Physical Effects and Safety Concerns of Marijuana Dangers

As a result of marijuana use, research indicates the potential for the following things.

  • Impaired learning, memory, and attention.
  • Also, impaired academic achievement.
  • Lower birth weight in babies of mothers who use marijuana.
  • In addition, it can cause pregnancy complications.
  • Increased risk of vehicle accidents.
  • Worsened breathing problems (in the case of cannabis smoking).
  • Ischemic stroke.
  • Development of schizophrenia or other mental disorders.
  • Finally, increased incidence of suicidal thoughts.

In the short-term, marijuana use can impair judgment and motor skills. It increases the likelihood of making mistakes when driving. Similarly, it causes accidents in the workplace.

The Importance of Drug Testing

Whether you’re a parent who is concerned about your child or a corporate human resources manager who wants to ensure a drug-free workplace, drug testing can identify if someone is using drugs and may have an addiction problem.

Drug addiction can happen quickly, and early detection of drug abuse enables families to get help for loved ones. For this reason, businesses that implement drug testing programs can help avoid hiring employees with substance abuse problems, improve productivity, and reduce absenteeism rates.

Click here to find out more about Drug Testing for Marijuana.

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Where Can You Find a Reliable and Compliant Drug Test Kits?

uVera Diagnostics offers a broad selection of FDA 510(k) cleared, CLIA waived drug test kits that you can order online. In addition, uVera Diagnostics’ split-sample drug test cups offer flexibility to suit customers’ needs. Also, our products can be ordered to detect from three to 14 substances in one screening.

Because of our drug tests’ innovative design and advanced technology, they provide convenience and accuracy. They are trusted by families and businesses worldwide. Subsequently, we invite you to learn more about them and contact us if you have any questions.

Call to order uVera Diagnostics’ Drug Testing Products. 1-866-242-5930. uVera Diagnostics’ Drug Tests are available to purchase online. Click here to see the CR3 drug test cups, CR2 drug test cups, drug test dip panels, all-in-one drug test cups, and saliva drug tests.

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uVera Diagnostics has a variety of FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits.

These are affordable, convenient, simple to administer, 99 percent accurate, and fast in providing results.

Set to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) cut-off levels, our urine drug test kits are used by businesses, organizations and agencies in a wide range of industries from staffing to medical to criminal justice to construction and more. We make it easy for you to search for information and drug tests by type of drug tested too. This includes drug descriptions, street names, what the drugs look like, the dangers and side effects, links to the drug tests for each drug, etc.

Among our most popular testing kits is our CR3 Drug Test Cup. This patented test cup has an innovative design (including a large opening, slanted top, and snap-shut lid) that simplifies the process for drug test administrators. Also widely used because of its convenience and fast results is our All-in-one Urine Drug Test Cup. This one-step urine test uses an integrated test cup and is available in a variety of panel options (5 panel, 6 panel, 7 panel, 10 panel, 12 panel, 13 panel and 14 panel). uVera Diagnostics products also include T-Cup Drug Tests, Dip Panel Drug Tests, Generic Dip Panel Drug Tests and Saliva Drug Tests

About Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup.

Bill has 27 years in sales management and marketing. In addition, he is a 12-year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s focuses his energy on drug testing at every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions, and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug-free society starts with each and every one of us.

For more information on drug testing, call 1-866-242-5930.

 

 

 

This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. In addition, any medical or life-saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. In conclusion, if it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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