Dopamine Addiction in the UK

The term ‘addiction’ has existed for many centuries. Addiction can start small and grow slowly or escalate quickly.

Meet the Group – Specialist Aviation Ltd

Specialist Aviation is a stockist and distributor of rotable, consumable, cabin interior and GSE parts, operating throughout Europe and the rest of the world.  ​ The business carries over 100,000 line items in stock at any time, is available to dispatch within minutes of an order being raised and all parts have the relevant EASA, FAA and TCCA releases and full traceability.     ​ Based in the United Kingdom […]

How the Pandemic has Impacted County Lines

The term ‘county lines’ describes how gangs and organised criminal networks transport illegal drugs. Drug dealers use designated mobile phone lines or other forms of ‘deal’ lines (such as transport links) to ensure the wide distribution of their substance in a short period of time. ​ The UK has tried to crack down on ‘county lines’ activities, with 1,100 arrested, 33 guns, 219 knives and 80 drug […]

About OdiliaClark

OdiliaClark is a specialist HR company with over 30 years of experience within highly regulated industries. OdiliaClark offers independent impairment risk management as well as drug and alcohol testing services, using state-of-the-art Dräger equipment that’s used by the British Police and Fire Services.  OdiliaClark works with a range of clients from city councils to renowned aviation customers. OdiliaClark is also backed by the SA Group, which is a leading provider of aviation support services […]

Poppy seeds and their potential to cause false positive drug test results.   

Poppy seeds and their potential to cause false positive drug test results.    There have been multiple cases where individuals have tested non-negative on drug tests and claim the foods they have consumed are to blame. Most recently, a man reportedly lost out on a potential job offer after eating poppy seed bread from Tesco.    Morphine and Codeine […]

Adderall Medication Abuse

Adderall is a prescribed medication used commonly to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Adderall is a stimulant drug formed by a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine.    Adderall has a high potential for drug misuse, mainly down to its ability to improve concentration and focus whilst making users more energetic. Students and office workers […]

Was Cocaine Taken by Eurovision Winner?

The Eurovision Song Contest has sparked plenty of controversy in the media. Damiano David, the lead singer of the Italian Eurovision entry Maneskin, appeared to snort cocaine on live TV during the Saturday night show.   Maneskin secured their victory for the song contest on Saturday whilst the UK scored no points for the second year running. The camera turns to […]

Managing Stress with MDMA  

Commonly known as ‘MDMA’ or ‘Ecstasy’, 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine is taken widely around the world. Mainly used for recreational purposes, takers seek the psychoactive drug effects. The desired ‘high’ achieved after consumption is an increased amount of energy, empathy and altered sensations.  There is an expected spike in consumption due as the UK population begins to go back […]

New York has passed new legislation legalising the use of recreational marijuana whilst uniting racial equity.  

At the start of April, the state of New York announced that recreational marijuana is now legal. New York is now the 15th state in America to legalise cannabis, and it has now positioned itself to become of the largest legal markets of the drug. New York is one of the few states where the legalisation of the substance is directly […]

Cocaine Usage in London Falls by 31%

Throughout the last couple of years, there has been data to support that cocaine usage has spiked. In fact, in 2019, the National Crime Agency (NCA) stated that the UK is the ‘cocaine capital of Europe’ with 117 tones of the drug being consumed throughout the year. One report examined the UK’s drug market to be worth up […]

Elit’Avia announces OdiliaClark as their impairment testing partner

OdiliaClark will be servicing Elit’Avia’s impairment testing programme. OdiliaClark has built a strong reputation within the aviation industry for impairment management with Director David Whiffin M.B.A and his team showing unrivalled knowledge in the subject. David is a regular speaker at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Health and Wellbeing Conference as well as being a trusted […]

Unseen Benzodiazepine Dependency Wave Predicted in 2021

2020 brought plenty of challenges to UK society as it sought to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and make the many necessary adaptions. A new challenge that is on the horizon for 2021 is the rise of prescriptions for benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, sometimes referred to as ‘benzos’, are a class of psychoactive drug often prescribed by […]

How has COVID-19 affected drug and alcohol testing in sport in the last year? 

How has COVID-19 affected drug and alcohol testing in sport in the last year?  With everyone in England looking forward to June the 21st, it does seem like there is an end in sight as far as restrictions go. Interestingly, the England football team are playing the Czech Republic on the 22nd of June, and […]

Urine vs Impairment Testing

Urine vs Impairment Testing     Findings from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) showed that around 1 in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 years had taken a drug in the last year. Arguably, these figures could be much higher given most people keep drug-taking behaviours hidden: The office of national statistics may […]

The British Horseracing Authority is taking strides to step up its drug-testing game. 

Horseracing, like many major competitive sports, has continued behind closed doors due to the pandemic. Recently, they have announced they are looking to step up their anti-doping efforts by being the first major sport, In Britain, to introduce saliva testing. This will screen jockeys for substances, such as cocaine, on the day of racing events.   […]

How the use of CBD oil can show up in a drug test 

Drug Testing presents many “what if” questions and often there is confusion as to what can and cannot show up on a drug test. Today, we will be examining CBD oils and how they can present themselves in a drug test.  CBD, otherwise known as Cannabidiol is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis […]

How Mike Tyson famously faked a positive drug test whilst at the top of his boxing career. 

Given we are in the midst of one of the hardest pandemics most of us have ever known. We decided that the tone for the OdiliaClark blog would be on a slightly more light-hearted note this week.  We are exploring how Mike Tyson managed to pass a drug test in what most people would deem an […]

Aviation & Aerospace Regulation Updates

Now we are well into February 2021, there are important changes to aerospace and aviation legislation coming into force on the 14th February 2020. These updates will heavily impact the Aviation and Aerospace industry. The consequences of the Covid COVID-19 pandemic on pilots and aircrew have been significant, and this legislation was due to change […]

OdiliaClark has been acquired by The Specialist Aviation Group.  

OdiliaClark has been acquired by The Specialist Aviation Group.   Specialist Aviation Group is excited to announce the acquisition of Odilia Clark.    Leading HR specialist Odilia Clark is focusing on impairment management and drug and alcohol testing in the workplace. After a successful couple of years, Odilia Clark has built a reputation for testing solutions that’s capable of […]

A Comprehensive Guide to For Cause Testing

This guide should only be used if an organisation has a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy that includes For Cause drug and alcohol testing and the policy has been regularly communicated to employees.

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