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The Role of Employee Drug Tests in Keeping a Safe Workplace

The Role of Employee Drug Tests in Keeping a Safe Workplace

Employee drug tests are becoming increasingly common in the workplace despite the sensitive issues surrounding their implementation. Employers today recognize the importance of a drug test in Hialeah to keep the workplace safe for everyone.  According to Detox survey, 7 out of 10 Americans have used drugs while at work, thus 56% of employers in America conduct pre-employment drug tests, random drug tests, and post-operative drug tests, if a worker has been hospitalized. Substance abuse can have a negative effect on the business, leading to loss of money, time and productivity.  Though some argue that drug tests are a violation of a person’s right to privacy, employers recognize that not doing drug tests may be far riskier for the company. 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. Here’s why employee drug tests can help the workplace remain safe.  1. Employee drug tests prevent accidents and crime. The implementation of a drug test program within the company can reduce the number of accidents or crimes on the job, such as stealing. Occupational injuries and illnesses cost over $100 billion a year and a significant percentage of this involves substance abuse. The U.S. Department of Justice also cited that 40% of employee theft may be attributed to drug use.  Employers have a responsibility to make the workplace a reputable and safe place. They can foster a more positive environment and culture among the employees by establishing policies on drug use and implementing drug tests. 2. Employee drug tests can improve...
Neck and Back Pain After an Auto Accident: What To Do

Neck and Back Pain After an Auto Accident: What To Do

Unless it’s a serious accident, most auto accident victims disregard seeking immediate medical attention following the incident. If they cannot feel any pain, aren’t bleeding, or can still walk and talk to the other party involved in the accident, then getting medical help could be the last thing on their minds. At Ritecare auto clinic, Hialeah, we always remind patients that some car accident injuries don’t manifest until a few hours or days later. If you’ve been involved in a car crash, take cues from what your body is telling you and watch out for these most common auto accident injuries to the neck and back. You should never ignore them. 1. Whiplash Whiplash is a colloquial term to describe the most common injury to the neck caused by its sudden distortion following an auto accident. It usually happens when the car has been hit from the rear side and the passenger experiences an abrupt jerking motion forward and backward. The symptoms of whiplash include: Neck pain and some stiffnessHeadaches or dizzinessPain on the shoulder bladesSleep disturbances that can lead to fatigue or irritability Wearing a neck brace or collar, applying cold or hot compresses, and getting massages or physiotherapy should help relieve the pain in due time. Though whiplash isn’t life-threatening, it may lead to disability. According to a study from Northwestern Medicine, at least 25% of people who experience whiplash develop long-term pain and never fully recover if they did not get their injury checked, treated or managed following the auto accident. 2. Disc Herniation An auto accident can cause a sudden whipping motion in the upper...
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...
Psychological Effects of Car Accidents

Psychological Effects of Car Accidents

A car accident, regardless of the intensity and the damage, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Aside from the financial burden and physical pain, car crash victims who get treatment at Ritecare Medical Center auto clinic in Hialeah come in struggling with the emotional scars that could lead to a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study in the journal of Medicine revealed that survivors of road traffic accidents are 22.5% more likely to develop psychiatric disorders, especially if they were not able to process their experience well. Experts also project that the psychological effects of car accidents could become the third leading cause of disability if the condition is mitigated, or not managed as soon as the signs occur.  Symptoms of PTSD After a Car Accident You’re likely suffering from the psychological effects of a car accident if you experience the following tell-tale signs: Your heart races and your chest tightens when you hear a car engine, horn or when brakes go off.Your mind relives memories of the accident over and over. Your shoulder and neck muscles tense up even during short car rides.You also refuse to get back to driving. You’re more wary of what’s around you and see these as potential threats. Even if you managed to drive, you avoid certain locations, or have imagined fears while you’re behind the wheel. Over time, these signs may disappear as you slowly get back to your normal routine. However, there are some car crash victims who develop new psychological symptoms like insomnia, mood swings and quick anger, phobias, and feelings of detachment or estrangement. These are the classic symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder....
Commonly Abused Drugs in the United States: Part 1

Commonly Abused Drugs in the United States: Part 1

Being addicted to drugs, particularly illicit drugs, can harm your body, career, and social life. When you get addicted to a certain drug, you develop a strong and irresistible urge to use it regardless of the harm it will do to your body. Drug addiction is not exclusive to illicit drugs. You can also become addicted to painkillers, alcohol, nicotine, and other legal drugs. Drug abuse cases and related death rates have been on a rise in recent years. For this reason, most employers require pre-employment drug testing before hiring their employees. This is a legal and moral responsibility on the part of the employer. If you are looking for a medical facility that offers drug test in Hialeah, visit our Ritecare Medical Center. We offer 5, 7, 9, and 10-panel drug screens with fast and accurate results. Commonly Abused Drugs in the United States Drug abuse and addiction are a widespread health and community concern. In fact, drug abuse has lead to numerous cases of violence, illnesses, and death in the United States. Here are the most commonly abused drugs and their effects to the body: Methamphetamine Methamphetamine, or meth, is a very addictive stimulant that’s available in the form of powder, pills, or crystals. As a stimulant, it makes the user feel “high” with a rush of good feelings. However, it can also lead to restlessness, feelings of anger, and over-excitement, and give a short temper. Its harmful effects include severe itching, elevated body temperature, mental and emotional problems, and meth mouth (tooth decay, tooth loss). 2. Anabolic steroid Anabolic steroids are used as a pharmacologic treatment...
Spinal Cord Injury in Vehicular Crash Patients

Spinal Cord Injury in Vehicular Crash Patients

An injury to the spinal cord is a dreaded complication of a vehicular crash. The more severe the injury, the poorer the prognosis. Furthermore, patients who survive a crash and sustain a spinal cord injury (SCI) have to deal with sensory and motor problems later on. Programs like physical therapy in Hialeah can help the patient regain his/her senses and motor control through our specialized rehabilitation program. Nature of SCI Research has shown that the United States has the highest prevalence of spinal cord injuries. In fact, the National Spinal Cord Injury Association has revealed that approximately 450,000 Americans are living with SCI and its complications. This number grows at an alarming rate, as 11,000 SCI cases occur annually in the U.S. alone. During a vehicular crash, the sudden deceleration and impact can forcefully whip your neck in a rapid forward and backward movement. This may result in a whiplash injury, the tearing of the muscles and tendons in your neck, or a traumatic injury to the cervical spine and spinal cord. To prevent further damage, the neck should be immobilized and secured with a cervical collar. Auto accidents are the most common cause of SCI and the prognosis is strongly influenced by the severity of the injury and the availability of high-quality medical care post-accident. If the emergency medical personnel suspects SCI, proper immobilization measures are necessary to prevent further injury before transporting the patient to the nearest emergency department. The spinal cord in a nutshell The spinal cord is a bundle of nerve fibers that extends from the base of the brainstem all the way to the...

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