Drugs Awareness in the Workplace

The TFS drugs awareness and mental health courses are directed by Greg Hudson who reflects on his own remarkable life journey and those around with whom he once shared bleaker times. From his initial introduction to the ‘fun’ of substance abuse by butane gas induced laughter, through his dependence on other destructive drugs and the significant effect that it had on his livelihood, family, freedom and health. The turning point that led him to the decision to change and the dreadful loss of those childhood friends who he used to joke with are confronted in an honest and pragmatic dialogue.

Even today as reformed addict, Masters graduate and leading substance abuse commentator and drugs / mental health councillor his life still bears certain restrictions (such as being barred from certain countries that many of us can freely visit) that can be traced directly back to his decision to buy his first butane canister and spliff. His approach is based on facts and he expertly denounces the myths that circulate both issues. Operating in several spheres his successes are notable, including a reduction in the reoffending of students within higher-education in excess of 92% (source: Callum Marshall, University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)).

The drug culture respects no boundaries. Most, if not all avenues within our social and economic framework face the real threat of invasion by the effects of drug and alcohol misuse. It should therefore, be of little surprise that drug abuse in the workplace is now a real issue.

The aim of this course is to provide managers and staff with the knowledge and skills to recognise drug misuse and manage drug related incidents within the workplace.

This course is suitable for personnel who need to know and understand key legislation related to drugs and the handling of people suspected of being involved in workplace abuse.

Courses can be tailored to meet organisational needs however a typical programme may include the following:

  • State the different classes of drugs and the law related to them
  • Recognise the common signs and symptoms of drug abuse related to the different types of drugs
  • Explain and apply the policy and procedure for seizing and handling drugs
  • State the legal, organisational and personal responsibilities regarding drug misuse
  • Recognise the current trend in the drug culture and identify the dangers and effects this can have in the workplace
  • Identify areas of improvement they will make on return to the workplace to manage and discourage the misuse of drugs

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National Occupational Standards B5 09 02