The Marijuana Testing Conundrum

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Recreational use of marijuana has now been legalized in ten states and for medical use in 33.  Indiana has not legalized marijuana for either use and the current governor is not promoting its legalization.

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So what’s the conundrum?  In some states getting high on the weekend or after work is O.K., but there are no places where working under the influence of marijuana is acceptable.  Indiana law still considers marijuana use to be illegal, and any amount in an employee’s system is grounds for termination.

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Using Your Health Insurance Could Be Costing You More

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In 2017, 84 percent of large employers offered high deductible health insurance plans to their employees and 35 percent of those companies only offered high deductible plans, based on a 2016 Kaiser/HRET survey. The trade-off for the lower premiums associated with these plans is substantially higher out-of-pocket costs that are incurred before a portion of … Read more

Can You Read the Warning Signs of Opiate Abuse?

The addiction to prescription opiate drugs used for pain management has become an epidemic, with estimates of anywhere from 26 million to 36 million people believed to be abusing opioids in the United States. Primarily used in the treatment of chronic pain these drugs are highly addictive.  Even when taken as prescribed they can lead … Read more

Detecting Diabetes Early with A1C Testing

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The Center for Disease Control reported 1.5 million Americans were diagnosed with diabetes for the first time in 2015 (the most recent numbers).  As the number of Americans with diabetes or prediabetes grows, it becomes more important that individuals with this disease become aware of their condition and take the appropriate steps to stay healthy … Read more

It’s Not Just About Watching the Scale

Having a healthy body weight is a challenge for many, many people.  Trying to maintain your ideal weight takes a combination of eating right, exercising regularly and being active. But determining if you are at a healthy weight is not always about just the number on the scale.  There are other means available to help … Read more