New Jersey certainly has its hands full with the various drug problems its citizens have, but even though new laws are coming into effect to help, there’s still rough roads ahead for employers. Angelo Valente, executive director of Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey, notes that despite attempts to keep drugs out of businesses, roughly 70% of New Jersey drug users are employed. What makes this even more difficult is that some of those drugs are lawfully prescribed. This poses problems for compliance and liability issues.

With new sets of laws due to arrive, even the many experts in the Partnership are unsure what the future holds. Still, even though the legislation being put in place may seem lenient, the best alternative for any addict is to quit using the substance. To start down that path, contact us today – we are a premier drug and alcohol rehab center in NJ

 

MAYS LANDING — As more New Jerseyans fall victim to the opioid epidemic, participate in the state’s medical marijuana program and look to tap into the legalization of recreational marijuana in the near future, workplace legal issues are bound to complicate things, experts say.

National employment attorneys, state drug experts and representatives of local prevention organizations said Wednesday that drugs and medications, even those that can be prescribed legally, pose problems to the state’s employers and workforce as laws and policies remain in a gray area.

“We know that about 70 percent of people who abuse substances are employed,” said Angelo Valente, executive director of Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey. “Because that can have a harmful effect, it’s paramount that businesses have plans in place to maintain a drug-free workplace.” Click Here to Continue Reading

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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