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With 23.5 million Americans addicted to drugs and alcohol across the United States, the presence of addiction in the workplace is no longer a rare exception. In fact, 25% of your employees, who are lifting heavy loads, operating machinery, crunching numbers, treating patients and the like, are either currently suffering from or dealing with a mental health or substance use problem.
Where alcohol is eschewed in most places of employment, it's a constant in restaurants. And the late night culture means that most socializing happens at bars after work hours. "We're an industry that's a little bit different," says Mickey Bakst, general manager of Charleston Grill in South Carolina.
Health tech companies are making a big push to digitize medicine, introducing novel tools like digital pills that track when patients take their drugs and smart spoons that can automatically adjust to hand tremors. Now they want some patients to get prescription treatments from the app store as well.
The evolving science of testing for marijuana, and the lack of consensus over what to make of the results in determining impairment, is a defining feature of the drug. It separates marijuana from alcohol and creates challenges for lawmakers, police and prosecutors, not to mention users.
Eight states and Washington, D.C. allow for recreational cannabis, but none have solved the problem of workforce drug testing. Zero tolerance polices are being reconsidered in light of legalized pot. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Even in marijuana-friendly Colorado, anyone can be denied employment for using the drug.