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  • Addicts quit with paid work and near-daily drug tests
  • 'Call for Proposals' for 2015 World EAP Conference closes on Friday
  • Why men are killing themselves
  • Canadian survey: Would you worry about safety if a co-worker had a mental illness?
  • Research: Look beyond painkiller abuse to reduce opioid overdose deaths
  • Legal insider: 10 tips for dealing with workplace problems
  • Report: Jails have become warehouses for the poor, ill and addicted
  • White House stresses treatment in new $133 million fight against drugs
  • When helping hurts: Trauma's effects on first responders
  • A record 53 French police officers committed suicide last year

  • Addicts quit with paid work and near-daily drug tests
    Scientific American
    Drug addicts often have trouble holding down a job. Yet many experts believe that having a steady income is key to helping addicts quit. To that end, psychiatrist Kenneth Silverman of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his colleagues created "therapeutic workplaces." The technique features frequent drug tests, unlimited second chances and cash bonuses to addicts who keep clean. Research in recent years has suggested that Silverman has indeed homed in on a winning strategy.
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    'Call for Proposals' for 2015 World EAP Conference closes on Friday
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The Call for Proposals for EAPA's 2015 Annual World EAP Conference in San Diego will close on Friday, Feb. 20. The conference theme is "Blue Sky in San Diego: EAP in the 21st Century," and attendees from more than 40 countries are expected to participate. Focus areas for the conference are: Engaging with stakeholders, Defining and demonstrating the EA value proposition, Serving individual clients, Enhancing the EAP/work organization partnership, and Looking beyond the horizon. The conference will be held Sept. 28-Oct. 2 at the award-winning and newly renovated Town and Country Resort Hotel, located on 32 lushly landscaped acres with the relaxing atmosphere of a secluded resort, but just minutes from downtown San Diego, sandy beaches, the world famous San Diego zoo, and other attractions.
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    Why men are killing themselves
    Newsweek
    Across Europe, men are around four times more likely to die by suicide than women. More men in the U.K. have died by suicide in the past year than all British soldiers fighting in all wars since 1945. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, what they categorize somewhat obliquely as "intentional self harm or events of undetermined intent" account for over 1 percent of all deaths, killing three times more people than road accidents, more than leukaemia, more than all infectious and parasitic diseases combined. More than 6,000 people in the U.K. died by suicide in 2013; 78 percent of them were men.
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    Canadian survey: Would you worry about safety if a co-worker had a mental illness?
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    More than 4 in 10 workers would worry about safety if a colleague reported having a mental illness, according to a study from Canada's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Researchers surveyed more than 2,200 working-class adults in Ontario as part of the project. Respondents were asked two primary questions: Would you inform your manager if you had a mental health problem? And, if a colleague had a mental health problem, would you be concerned about how work would be affected?
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    Research: Look beyond painkiller abuse to reduce opioid overdose deaths
    News-Medical.Net
    According to researchers at Brandeis University, the University of North Florida and Johns Hopkins University, policymakers must look beyond painkiller abuse, also called non-medical use, in their efforts to reduce opioid overdose deaths. In a comprehensive investigation, the scientists show that since 2002, new cases of non-medical abuse have declined, yet painkiller overdose deaths have soared; evidence, they say, that recreational use of painkillers is not a key driver of the opioid crisis.
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    Legal insider: 10 tips for dealing with workplace problems
    ARL Now
    We often advise employees on how to best handle their employment problems in the workplace either while they are developing or after an adverse employment action. It is important for employees who are experiencing workplace problems to stay focused and calm while issues are developing. Here are 10 tips to follow if you are dealing with problems in the workplace.
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    Report: Jails have become warehouses for the poor, ill and addicted
    The New York Times
    Jails across the country have become vast warehouses made up primarily of people too poor to post bail or too ill with mental health or drug problems to adequately care for themselves, according to a report issued recently. The study, "Incarceration's Front Door: The Misuse of Jails in America," found that the majority of those incarcerated in local and county jails are there for minor violations, including driving with suspended licenses, shoplifting or evading subway fares, and have been jailed for longer periods of time over the past 30 years because they are unable to pay court-imposed costs.
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    White House stresses treatment in new $133 million fight against drugs
    The Hill
    The Obama administration is pushing a more aggressive response to the country's growing drug overdose problem, which health officials describe as "a very, very high priority." The federal government is seeking $133 million in new funding to combat the rising rate of heroin and prescription medication deaths across the country.
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    When helping hurts: Trauma's effects on first responders
    GoodTherapy.org
    Fred is a 40-year-old firefighter who has been working as a first responder for more than 15 years. In his first year as a firefighter, he arrived at a car accident in which three children were killed. Since then, he has been among the first to respond to the scenes of countless injuries and dozens of deaths. Although he tries not to think about the fatalities, he remembers each one. When asked how he and his colleagues cope with the trauma of witnessing such horrific events, he looks away, chuckles, and says, shaking his head, "We joke around and pretend it doesn't bother us. You don't want to be the one going to counseling. Everyone would call you a wimp."
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    A record 53 French police officers committed suicide last year
    Worldcrunch
    A record 53 French police officers committed suicide last year. The Courbat, a health facility, treats officers suffering from burnout, depression and alcoholism with a very specific therapy.
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