So-called legal highs are often in the news these days, but as indicated by these recent statistics employers would be wise to consider whether their existing policies are fit for purpose.
Alcohol and drug policies do not have to be limited to 'illegal' usage. Indeed it is common to outline that drinking alcohol during the working day is prohibited even if it is not unlawful. In many cases it is likely employers will want to adopt a similar stance on legal highs but making this clear to staff in the policy sets boundaries and minimises the risks of ignorance being pleaded.
When it comes to testing employees or dealing with a member of staff who has disclosed a problem with usage things become less clear and caution should be taken. However, training for managers, education and clarity on company policy should the need arise will help.
As ever, it is better to shut the stable door before the horse has bolted.
Legal high abuse ambulance calls soar in South East The number of 999 calls made in the South East over the abuse of so-called legal highs has soared. Figures released to the BBC showed there were just five calls made to paramedics in Kent, Sussex and Surrey between April 2011 and March 2012.However, in the same 12-month period in 2014/15 the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) was called 196 times.