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Commonly Abused Drugs in the United States: Part 2

Commonly Abused Drugs in the United States: Part 2

There are around 30 million people over the age of 12 who have been using illegal drugs in America, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). This means that roughly 10% of the population in the United States are drug users.  Drug addiction impacts families, social relationships and a user’s performance at work, or in school, but some drugs can be more addictive than others. For this reason, employers are mandated to require their employees to undergo drug tests as part of the employment screening process. If you are looking for a medical facility that offers drug testing in Hialeah, visit Ritecare Medical Center. Our facility offers 5, 7, 9, and 10-panel drug screens. Commonly Abused Drugs In the first part of this blog series, we have discussed the first four of America’s most commonly abused drugs. These include: MethamphetamineAnabolic steroidClub drugsCocaine Now, we continue to tackle the remaining four: 5. Marijuana Marijuana, a mixture of dried leaves, flowers, and seeds from the Cannabis plant, may be used as a psychoactive drug and a medicinal alternative. Its addictive element is derived from the delta-9-tetrahydrocannabino (THC) content and it’s commonly referred to as “pot” or “grass” in street language.  Because marijuana is legal in some states, its use has been more acceptable, especially for medicinal purposes. However, the rate of marijuana addiction has been growing. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 30% of marijuana users, or about 4.2 million people, develop a disorder, or over-dependence to the substance. 6. Painkillers, or Prescription Drugs Opioids like Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin are just some of the...
RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center receives a 2018 WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD® as one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers

RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center receives a 2018 WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD® as one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers

We are pleased to share the news that RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. Women’s Choice Award® is presented to the best hospitals & doctors in the United States, i.e. those having both exceptional ratings, as well as providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being. This Award takes into account women’s preferences when selecting a healthcare facility, using very strict criteria. Now, women can feel even more confident in selecting RiteCare for themselves and their families. “The Women’s Choice Award reflects our continuing commitment to delivering an excellent  healthcare experience, and we are honored to be distinguished as as one of America’s Best Urgent Care Centers this year,” said Dr. Hossein Joukar, Medical Director & CEO of RiteCare Urgent Care Medical Center. “To have our Urgent Care Medical Center recognized by the Women’s Choice Award is an honor and reinforces our goal to ensure that our patients receive the highest level of care.” Our urgent care centers provide walk-in attention for medical issues without the long wait and expense of an emergency room visit. You can walk in to our RiteCare Urgent Care Clinic for problems such as sprains, minor cuts or burns, headache or earache, common cold, cough, sore throat, and even the flu. RiteCare Urgent Medical Center’s urgent care facilities are also home to primary care, flu shots, physical therapy, and immunization services for the Miami, Hialeah, Miami Springs and the South Florida region. We contribute to...
Rates of drug use for Florida workers highest in a decade

Rates of drug use for Florida workers highest in a decade

  An analysis of more than 10 million drug test results presented at 13th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in May this year by Quest Diagnostics showed that drug use in the American workforce in 2017 reached the highest positivity rate since 2005. The overall percentage of workers testing positive for the presence of drugs among the combined U.S. workforce in 2017 was 4.2 percent (the same as in 2016). It’s a dramatic rise from the 3.5 percent rate in 2012, which was the lowest rate in 30 years. The analysis also showed the rate of testing positive for different drugs. Marijuana testing continued its five-year upward trend, with a nearly 75 percent increase, from 5.1 percent in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2017, in the general US workforce. Cocaine positivity increased 12 percent in 2017, reaching a seven-year high of 0.28 percent, compared to 0.25 percent in 2015 in the general US workforce. Methamphetamine positivity increased more than 8 percent (US). The 2017 data implies changing patterns of drug use, with the number of positive tests for cocaine and amphetamines rising and falling in some parts of the country and marijuana use increasing in states with new recreational use statutes. Overall positivity in drug testing in Florida was 3.4 percent, lower than the national average, while the percent of positive tests from drug testing in Hialeah ranged from 3.2-3.5 percent. Shifts in positivity of different kinds of illicit drugs in Florida are comparable to those in other areas of the country, except for methamphetamine, whose positivity rate in Florida increased by 140 percent between 2013...
Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Uber to shut down their driverless car program in Arizona

Just 2 months after the fatal accident involving a pedestrian who was hit by a driverless Uber car, Uber has halted its driverless car program. The program, based in Arizona, had previously provided employment for over 300 people.   The people of Arizona had voiced their concerns about the program, forcing the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, to take action. In response, he has now decided to ban the company from allowing any more driverless cars on Arizona roads.   Choosing not to fight the issue in the courts, Uber has abided with this request and has now officially stated that it is ending its driverless car program in Arizona.   So does this mean the end of driverless cars? Almost certainly not. Uber has announced plans to restart its program in Pennsylvania. In return for allowing the program, the state is likely to see an increase in jobs. Conversely, Arizona is set to lose 300 jobs, as Uber staff are relocated. Uber to offer staff more benefits This news comes on top of other recent news surrounding Uber, most notably that the firm has promised to give more benefits to Uber drivers in the EU. This was in response to being put under pressure from the EU, which was complaining that Uber was effectively treating Uber ‘contractors’ as employees, yet not paying the necessary taxes and benefits. As a result, Uber will now pay for maternity leave and provide other healthcare benefits.   Does this mean that Uber will soon offer USA drivers more benefits? It is hard to say. Although the EU decision sets a precedent, EU...
Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

Drug Testing at the Soccer World Cup – Russia to take no part it in

If you’re a big sports fan, then you probably already heard about the drug testing controversy regarding Russia and the Olympics. This has now spilled over into the world of soccer, with officials recently announcing that Russia will not be allowed to play any part in the drug testing of soccer players for this summer’s soccer world cup.   The games, ironically being held in Russia, will see the world’s best 32 national soccer teams compete to become world soccer champions. The games will be hosted in 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. However, despite all games taking place on Russian soil, FIFA officials have declared – in no uncertain terms – that Russia will be be involved in the anti-doping procedures.   Michael D’Hooghe from FIFA was quoted by the Times as saying: “My basic condition to lead the anti-doping policy in Russia is that everything would be done from the very beginning to the last point by FIFA without Russian intervention…That means the chaperones, who take the players from the field, will be designated by FIFA and will not be Russian.” What drugs do they test for in professional sports? Using performance enhancing chemicals is nothing new and is said to have been done even as far back as the olympics in ancient Greece. However, the practice is of course unfair, which is why drug testing exists. But what type of drugs are actually tested for?   In short, the tests aim to find any drugs which have been banned by the appropriate sporting authorities. These include:   Anabolic steroids Androstenedione Human Growth Hormone...

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