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  • EAPA launches brand new website!
  • Application period for new EACC Commissioners now open
  • Most painkiller users don't know prescription opioid sharing is felony
  • Towers Watson study addresses business value of a healthy workforce
  • Behavioral addictions and substance addictions show similarities
  • Study identifies teens at-risk for synthetic marijuana use
  • Union criticizes inconsistency of mental health support for firefighters
  • Kenya's home-grown drug problem
  • Rising price of heroin-overdose antidote worries advocates
  • Tips for a successful drug-free workplace program

  • EAPA launches brand new website!
    EAPA is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned and upgraded website (www.eapassn.org). Fully integrated with EAPA's powerful new data management system, the new website will provide significantly expanded capabilities, including real-time transactions with EAPA's membership, CEAP®, education and other databases. Visitors to the website will notice immediately the streamlined menus, simpler navigation and more intuitive access to information. The new home page allows visitors — at a glance — to see upcoming events, recent EA news, and quick links to get them to the information they need with one easy click.
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    Application period for new EACC Commissioners now open
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    The Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC) is seeking qualified applicants to succeed the Commissioners whose three-year terms are ending Oct. 2, at the close of EAPA's 2015 World EAP Conference in San Diego, California. The EACC is the credentialing governance body responsible for upholding all professional standards, policies and procedures concerning the Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP®) credential. The application period closes May 4.
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    Most painkiller users don't know prescription opioid sharing is felony
    Bloomberg
    U.S. patients on prescription opioids underestimate the risks of the medication, with a majority failing to realize that it's a felony to share their drugs, a survey from a safety group shows.
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    Towers Watson study addresses business value of a healthy workforce
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    Workforce stress plays out on an employer's bottom line in a number of ways. Employers worldwide recognize this and are increasing investments to promote employee health and productivity, moving from tactical or individual-based programs to strategic programs that embody a holistic way of thinking about the organization's health culture. These are among the findings from Towers Watson & Co.'s "2013/2014 Staying@Work Report: The Business Value of a Healthy Workforce." Some 892 employers in 15 developed and developing markets around the world shared their lifestyle risk concerns in the study and stress heads the list, followed by lack of physical activity and obesity.
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    Behavioral addictions and substance addictions show similarities
    Rutgers State University
    Petros Levounis and Michael Ascher have just released "The Behavioral Addictions," a compilation of case studies of addictions unrelated to drugs or alcohol. According to the authors, "behavioral addictions run along very similar channels as substance use disorders. That's both on clinical grounds, in terms of what we see in the presentation of our patients, and also on the basis of the neurobiology of the disorder, the science of how we understand addiction in 2015." The book addresses kleptomania, gambling, sex, Internet surfing, physical exercise, work and other behavioral addictions.
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    Study identifies teens at-risk for synthetic marijuana use
    Science Daily
    One of the first American national studies to examine risk factors for use of synthetic marijuana among a large, nationally representative sample of teens. Popular among teens, in 2011, synthetic marijuana was used by more than 1 out of 10 (11.4 percent) high school seniors in the U.S., making it the most commonly used drug after real marijuana.
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    Union criticizes inconsistency of mental health support for firefighters
    The Des Moines Register
    On March 29 of last year, Travis Hurley was one of six Des Moines firefighters who went inside the Younkers building to battle an inferno that collapsed part of the building. Less than two months later, Hurley, who is also a medic, was one of the first-responders at the scene when a 4-year-old, dressed in a fairy costume, was dead with a bullet hole in her body. That, Hurley told a panel of Civil Service commissioners earlier this month, is when he started to crumble and turned to alcohol, eventually losing his job after he was pulled over May 18 for his second OWI since 2003.
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    Kenya's home-grown drug problem
    Reuters
    Drug use in Kenya has risen fast in the past few years, according to religious leaders, politicians and charities working to tackle the problem. They say domestic use has soared as international drug cartels have turned east Africa into a major transit route for narcotics from Afghanistan. Some of the drugs spill onto the local market, they say.
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    Rising price of heroin-overdose antidote worries advocates
    The Associated Press
    Price hikes are curtailing access to a popular form of an antidote to heroin overdoses, with costs doubling in the past year and the manufacturer's stock price rising by 70 percent since it went public. Advocates fear the higher cost of naloxone, often sold in the U.S. under the brand name Narcan, will ultimately lead to the deaths of addicts who could have been saved if they'd had access to the drug.
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    Tips for a successful drug-free workplace program
    Safety.BLR
    Workplace drug use can create safety hazards, expose your company to liability and decrease productivity. But when it comes to a drug-free workplace program, one size does not fit all. Keep reading for important considerations in developing an effective drug and alcohol policy at your company.
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