• The Cannabis Conundrum: Getting Value from your EAP

      Greer, Kathleen (Arizent, 2019-08-16)
      Cannabis has shown to be helpful in well-being and recovery. Millions of people rely on it to help with pain, sleep and other conditions. However, cannabis is an addictive drug, resulting in more than four million diagnoses of cannabis-use disorder. How will workplaces deal with the increase of cannabis use and how can the EAP help?
    • The Cannabis Conundrum: What are Workers' Rights?

      Greer, Kathleen (Arizent, 2019-08-09)
      The legalization of cannabis across the country presents uncharted territory for many companies. HR departments are tasked with meeting the challenges associated with new laws related to random drug and pre-employment testing, as well as a host of cultural issues. Organizations are also collaborating with EAP providers on what seems to be a moving target. Meanwhile, EAPs themselves struggle to balance the healing potential of medicinal cannabis with its addictive properties and unclear side effects. This article tackles challenging issues that arise in the workplace.
    • The Cannabis Youth Treatment Study: Implications for Employee Assistance Programs

      White, William L., 1947-; Sharar, David A., 1961-; Dennis, Michael, Ph.D.; Donaldson, Jean, M.A. (2002)
      A resurgence of youthful illicit drug experimentation during the past decade has sparked an increase in the number of drug-related evaluations and consultations conducted by employee assistance (EA) professionals. One of the most frequent and troublesome of such requests involves the parent who is concerned about his or her child’s experimentation with cannabis (marijuana, hashish, blunts). During the past two decades, America has witnessed the increased availability and potency of cannabis and a significant lowering of the age of onset of regular cannabis use. American teenagers report more past-month cannabis use than all other illicit substances combined and more daily use of cannabis than alcohol. These changes have brought an increase in cannabis-related problems among young people. Cannabis is now the leading substance reported in adolescent arrests, emergency room admissions, and public treatment admissions, the latter having increased 115% (from 51,081 to 109, 875) between 1992 to 1998.iii These changes have brought an increase in cannabis-related problems among young people and concerns about how to address these problems within the family, school, workplace, and the wider community.