Screening News Update: Opioids vs. Car Wrecks | Delta Settlement | VA Tries to Fix Database

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Screening News Update: Opioids vs. Car Wrecks | Delta Settlement | VA Tries to Fix Database

  • Another Reason to Prevent Opioid Abuse
  • Delta Settles FCRA Suit
  • Virginia Tries to Fix Broken System


Another Reason to Prevent Opioid Abuse

What’s more likely to kill you? A car ride or a drug overdose? A shocking new report from the National Safety Council says, for the first time in history, death by opioid overdose is more likely than being killed in a fatal crash. According to the data, Americans have a 1 in 103 chance of dying on the road, but a 1 in 96 chance of dying from an opioid overdose. And this number might even be way too low considering opioid deaths may have been drastically underreported over the years. A report in the journal Addiction says they may have been underreported by as much as 35%. This massive increase in overdose deaths has been so significant that it has actually caused life expectancy in the US to drop over the last three years.

Delta Settles FCRA Suit

With 80,000 employees, Delta is the world’s second largest airline. It’s also the oldest airline operating in the US. But even with all of that history and experience, Delta fell victim to a lawsuit for an alleged violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The class-action lawsuit claimed the company failed to provide job applicants with a stand-alone disclosure during the hiring process. It also claimed the job applications contained extraneous and misleading information that applicants would not be able to understand without reading the FCRA themselves. Delta agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle the suit, which will give each of the more than 44,000 class members $52.15.

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Virginia Tries to Fix Broken System

The Virginia State Crime Commission has been trying to figure out why 750,000 conviction records are missing from their electronic database. During the investigation they noticed that many violations, like drunk driving of a commercial vehicle or animal cruelty, do not require fingerprinting because they are misdemeanors. It turns out the state has only been entering conviction records into the system if there are fingerprints to go along with it, so nearly a million convictions were just ignored. Somehow, this has also led to more than 300 murders and 1,300 rape convictions being left out as well, because fingerprints were not taken due to gaps in the arrest process. An effort is now being made to amend two state laws to make sure these massive holes in the system are closed. One suggestion is to have the Department of Corrections submit fingerprints and conviction data when criminals enter prison and cross-reference them with the missing records.

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