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Drug Testing

A Closer Look: Oral Fluid Drug Testing for DOT Employers
A Closer Look: Oral Fluid Drug Testing for DOT Employers

  On May 12, 2015, the Federal Register published proposed guidelines from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the inclusion of oral fluid specimens in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. Sounds important – but what does it mean for Third Party Administrators (TPAs) and employers? 

Survey Says: International Drug Testing on the Rise
Survey Says: International Drug Testing on the Rise

According to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), more than half of all US employers conduct drug tests on all of their job applicants. Those that do said they believe the testing leads to an improvement in productivity, lower workers’ compensation cases and a decrease in employee turnover. Now, the trend is catching up internationally.

Opioid Abuse Out of Control
Opioid Abuse Out of Control

Opioid abuse has reached startling proportions in the United States. Millions of Americans are addicted, and the death rate has tripled in the last 5 years. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Tom Frieden, has said abuse of these drugs -- including prescription painkillers -- is “a growing epidemic that is gripping our country.” In fact, the CDC says non-medical use of these drugs is costing insurance companies up to $72.5 billion dollars a year.

Testing Troubles Continue to Plague Medical Marijuana Issue
Testing Troubles Continue to Plague Medical Marijuana Issue

Our recent blog, Employers Get More Backup in Medical Marijuana Fight, got a very big response and some interesting questions. Here’s a quick refresher on the story. A Tractor Supply Company job applicant told the HR department that he legally used medical marijuana to treat HIV/AIDS. The company offered him the job, but quickly fired him when he failed the mandatory drug test. The court ruled in the company’s favor claiming that compelling the employer to keep the employee would essentially be forcing them to break federal law.

Impaired Drivers Pose Real Risk for Employers
Impaired Drivers Pose Real Risk for Employers

During every holiday season of the last 25 years, the sitting president has proclaimed December National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month. These days, it is now known as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month because the risk is no longer just holiday revelers. The White House wants to also put a spotlight on the dangers caused by drivers distracted by their cell phones.

Electronic Chain-of-Custody in Your Drug Testing Program
Electronic Chain-of-Custody in Your Drug Testing Program

In October, the Department of Health and Human Services approved the first laboratory for the processing of Department of Transportation drug tests. As the DOT begins its roll out of the electronic chain of custody (eCCF) and the non-regulated industries continue to expand the use of eCCF, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons and the impact of its use in your drug testing program.

What to Do After You Receive a Drug Test Result
What to Do After You Receive a Drug Test Result

When an employer decides to implement a drug and alcohol testing program, the requirements and procedures prior to receiving the results are often discussed as part of the implementation of the program.  However, the process after the results are received often remains uncertain, as this step is not typically reviewed at the onset of the program.

Can an Employee Refuse to Take a Drug Test?
Can an Employee Refuse to Take a Drug Test?

After listening to the speakers at this year’s Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) Conference, there is little doubt that drug testing is essential for employers of all sizes. Presenter after presenter offered hard evidence that drug use is going up.

Congress Uses Budget Bill to OK Marijuana
Congress Uses Budget Bill to OK Marijuana

Leave it to the federal government to make a complex situation even more impossible. Marijuana laws now differ in almost every state. Some allow it for medicinal use; others have gone whole hog and made even recreational use ok.  These all fly in the face of the federal laws which still have pot classified as a banned drug according to the Controlled Substances Act.

Big News for DOT Regulated Industries
Big News for DOT Regulated Industries

You can do practically anything electronically these days… read the newspaper, pay your bills or even sign a legal document. Our industry has changed dramatically because of the digital revolution, and I’m sure yours has too. In our work, though, we see some industries being held back, forced to stay in the dark ages of paper records. They are employers who have to follow DOT regulations for drug and alcohol testing. But now the curtain is lifting.

Canada to Create World’s First Medical Marijuana Registry
Canada to Create World’s First Medical Marijuana Registry

Are we putting the cart before the horse when it comes to legalizing medical marijuana? Some scientists and doctors in Canada believe so. Medical marijuana has been legal there since 2001. But while there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that people are getting relief from the drug, medical professionals say there’s still no true standard on usage and dosing. There is also a lack of data on long term risks that might come from using marijuana to treat a host of diseases from multiple sclerosis to cancer, migraines, seizures and dozens more.

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