Screening News Weekly Wrap: October 23rd, 2020

Screening News Weekly Wrap: October 23rd, 2020

By Jennifer Gladstone

More truckers are testing positive for substance use, National Drug Take Back Day is coming soon, and robocalls are causing problems for contact tracers. Get all the details in the EBI Screening News Weekly Wrap.

More Truckers Testing Positive for Drug Use

September was a rough month for trucking companies. The number of drivers who tested positive for drug use jumped 8%, and the number who refused to even take a drug test rose more than 9%. 

These statistics come from the federal Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. The data also shows that there are more than 34,000 drivers nationwide who are on “prohibited status” for having at least one alcohol or drug violation on their record. 

Industry experts say there are a couple of factors causing these jumps. One is the large number of drivers being hired right now, which means many more pre-employment drug tests. Employers may have also been trying to get their required random testing in before the end of the third quarter. 

One of the most interesting new statistics from the Clearinghouse is that 78% of drivers flagged for substance use have not started their return-to-duty requirements. One expert called this number “stubbornly high” and believes it tells us that many drivers with substance abuse problems are leaving the industry now that the Clearinghouse makes it impossible to hide positive drug tests from future employers. 

National Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, October 24 the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will join forces with local authorities for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. For the 19th year, people will have the chance to easily and safely clean out their medicine cabinets. This is done without worrying about dangerous drugs causing harm to others.

The DEA says they program helps address the tremendous problem of people misusing prescription medication. The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that nearly 10 million Americans misused prescriptions, and most of them took those drugs from family members and friends. 

Communities across the country will have collection sites where you can anonymously drop off any type of medication including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, pills or liquids. This link will help you find drop-off locations near you. Last year’s collection weighed in at more than 441 tons!

Robocalls Thwarting Contact Tracing?

Robocalls have taken almost all the joy out of owning a phone. A staggering number of phone calls these days are nothing more than come-ons using fake caller ID numbers and other tricks to get you to pick up. A lot of folks have just stopped answering.

Not only are these calls frustrating – they could be putting your health at risk. 

According to a survey conducted by Transaction Network Services (TNS) 83% of people who received contact tracing calls regarding COVID-19 thought the call was a scam! Basically, all the robocalls have people doubting the credibility of any call coming from an unknown number.

TNS is trying to help fix the problem by registering health organizations so their name shows up instead of just a strange number. So far, it seems to be helping as more people are picking up the phone. 

Screening News Network

About the Author

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone

Jennifer Gladstone is a news anchor and journalist with more than 20 years of experience in front of the camera. She's worked in several markets, large and small, and has performed nearly every task needed in a newsroom. As EBI’s Screening News Editor, she keeps EBI’s customers and blog subscribers up to date on the latest screening news and legislative alerts affecting companies of all sizes.

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