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HADCO offers workshop on drugs

Oct. 28, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The Huntington Area Development Council and Prestera , in cooperation with Huddleston Bolen and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce are offering a workshop on drugs in the workplace.

It will focus on recognizing drugs in the workplace, treatment options, legal considerations and drug testing, and addressing drugs in the Cabell County schools.

The free workshop will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at Huntington's Kitchen, 911 3rd Ave. It's open to all area businesses.

"When you talk to businesses and ask them what are the issues confronting you, usually one of the top two problems is drugs in the workplace, and all the issues that surround that," said Stephen Zoeller, vice president of HADCO. "If they get 10 people who apply for a job, five are going to flunk the drug test. Businesses are struggling to be successful with this issue of drugs in the workplace. It's a real problem for them."

Prestera will present information about recognizing drug problems and talk about, once recognizing drugs in the workplace, what the options are, Zoeller said. treatment options. Huddleston Bolen will present information about legal options in dealing with drug problems in the workplace, and Cabell County Schools Superintendent William Smith will discuss efforts in the school system to try to address the problem while youth are still in school.

Registration is required due to limited space. Contact HADCO at 304-525-1161 or vineyard@hadco.org. HADCO will be providing lunch and Prestera will provide each participant with a resource tool, a zip drive with information on how businesses can deal with the problem.

"There's a lot of good information there, and hopefully strategies that give a light at the end of the tunnel, so people can focus on dealing with the problem and not just having the problem," Zoeller said. "Anybody who feels this might be beneficial to them in their workplace and that they can get useful information -- we'd love to have them."