Nor West News : January 12th 2012
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And failing that body hair can do the same, as can fingernail scrapings. New Zealand Drug Detecting Agency chief executive Kirk Hardy says people will resort to desperate measures to avoid drug testing. We're talking thousands of dollars,'' he says. In one instance one of our technicians was offered two grand cash there and then to make the drug test go away.'' This is precisely why drug testing officials need to be of the highest integrity, he says. The agency specialises in workplace drug screening. Mr Hardy is a former Auckland police drug squad member who left the force seven years ago to start the business alongside his brother. He says most of his staff have similar backgrounds in either police or military. Mr Hardy's aim in starting the country's first workplace drug testing programme was to help people on a different level. I wanted to help people before they were criminally involved.'' He says the organisation has an overall goal of preventing workplace accidents. If we can stop a fatality or a workplace accident from happening then we've done our job.'' If an employee's test is positive, the agency reports to the employer and can provide further help to get them away from substance abuse. They cannot report to the police. We're not here to say that's wrong you shouldn't be doing that,'' Mr Hardy says. We're here to say you shouldn't be at work while you're at risk -- you're a haz- ard in the workplace.'' Mr Hardy says the most significant move he has seen over the years is the develop- ment of quality drug testing guidelines. The drug testing industry could have gone downhill very fast with cowboy practices setting up all over the show,'' he says. But it's been great to see New Zealand enforcing strict guidelines and rules as to how this is done. I think that's testament to how we do things as well.'' Standards in New Zealand mean that urinary screening is the only accepted form of screening and it must be done by an authorised drug detec- tion agency. But Mr Hardy says New Zealand does have alongwaytogotocatchupto overseas standards. Workplace testing is still not as common as it is in Australia for example.'' The agency tests for both illicit and designer drugs like synthetic cannabis in all industries. Mr Hardy says the New Zealand Drug Detecting Agency was the first company to start testing for synthetic cannabis in Aus- tralasia when concerns hit the news earlier this year. We send a certain number of negative tests away to test for designer drugs,'' he says. At one time we had about a 22 percent positive rate.'' The agency also works alongside schools providing drug education courses where the proceeds go to charity. They also carry out drug tests on students where necessary. Testing kids is one of the hardest jobs in this industry,'' Mr Hardy says. It's very emotional. When you're talking about drugs, trust really goes out the window on the child's behalf because they start to lie to cover up their drug use.'' Also common are drug tests carried out for the courts in child custody cases. We can do hair samples which can go back three to six months,'' Mr Hardy says. When you're talking about kids you're talking high stakes. You can't let them grow up in an environment where there are drugs at stake,'' he says. Mr Hardy says the preva- lence of new drugs in New Zealand is a wake-up call. Drugs are forever chang- ing. We need to be constantly on the ball with what's coming in next.'' Compulsory tagging on way Logging information: Cattle in the nor-west will be tagged with an electronic ear tag. Rural residents with cattle have to join the National Animal Identi- fication and Tracing scheme this year. The scheme will be compulsory for cattle from July 1 and for deer from March next year. It will provide reliable up-to-date information on individual animal locations and move- ments. The NAIT scheme will improve New Zealand's response in the event of a biosecurity threat and help our ability to resume trade quickly,'' chief executive Russell Burnard says. This will help protect New Zealand's repu- tation in overseas markets.'' Under the scheme, lifestylers are required to: Tag cattle and deer with approved ear tags Register cattle and deer from July this year Register their farm or property from next month onwards Record all off-farm movements of cattle from July this year Record all deaths of cattle or deer from July this year. When the scheme becomes compulsory, cattle or deer should have radio frequency identification device ear tags, approved by NAIT, and an official secondary tag. Lifestylers and farmers will have to record off- farm cattle movements unless stock is moving to a NAIT-accredited meat processor or sale yard. Visit nait.co.nz.
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