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31 Dec 1969

DOT Electronic Chain of Custody Article Series

DOT Electronic Chain of Custody Article Series by Robert Schoening, Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard ...  How Did We Get Here Today with the Federal Electronic CCF? Before we get into why it took this long to...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT ECCF Article Series Part 2

DOT Electronic Chain of Custody Article Series by Robert Schoening, Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard ... Part 2 - How Did We Get Here Today with the Federal Electronic CCF?Click Here for Part 1 of this...

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31 Dec 1969

Marine Employer Drug Testing Guidance

The use of dangerous drugs and alcohol in the workplace continues to pose a significant risk to passenger and crew safety in the marine industry. The Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Program was developed to deter the illegal use of controlled...

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31 Dec 1969

Document for Reasonable Suspicion

How to Document for Reasonable Suspicion in your Drug Free Workplace  What do you do if you suspect an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work? This guide will walk you through the steps management should take to properly...

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31 Dec 1969

Understanding Marijuana Potency

The Importance of Understanding Marijuana Potency

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31 Dec 1969

Random Selection Program - LEGAL?

Can your Random Selection Program Hold Up If Challenged In Court? ... by Robert Schoening  Doing selections of a company\'s employees to take a random test is a way of life for many C/TPA and companies.  They do this without...

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31 Dec 1969

SAPAA Conference 2014

Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association - SAPAA Conference 2014 ... The 2014 SAPAA Conference was held September 24 through September 26, 2014, at the Marriott in historic downtown Richmond, VA, the capital of the Confederate...

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31 Dec 1969

Why use an MRO for Non-DOT Drug Testing?

The Indispensible, Irreplaceable, Invaluable Role of Medical Review Officers... By Bill Current President of the Current Consulting Group... The science of drug testing, as well as the practical day-to-day practice of screening job applicants...

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31 Dec 1969

Why use an MRO for Non-DOT Drug Testing?

The Indispensible, Irreplaceable, Invaluable Role of Medical Review Officers By Bill Current President of the Current Consulting Group The science of drug testing, as well as the practical day-to-day practice of screening job applicants and...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing - Occupational Safety

Drug Testing & Safety: What\'s the Connection? By Joe Reilly This article originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Occupational Health & Safety.  Born some 30 years ago, drug testing in the workplace connects to...

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31 Dec 1969

How the Electronic CCF Evolved Part 3

DOT Electronic Chain of Custody Article Series by Robert Schoening, Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard ... How the Electronic CCF Evolved Part 3 Read Part 1 of this Article Read Part 2 of this Article This is a...

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31 Dec 1969

Electronic CCF for DOT Drug Testing

... A Conversation with Robert Schoening about Electronic CCF for DOT Drug Testing ... Bob, your articles were fantastic - when will the eCCF actually be used in the industry for DOT drug testing?  October 13,  2014 Two good...

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31 Dec 1969

Alarming Statistics on Drug use in America

In 2013, 8.9% of full time workers admitted to current illicit drug use, this is alarming. Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings 24.6 million current illicit drug users, 9.4 % of the...

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31 Dec 1969

MEDICAL MARIJUANA & A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE

As more States enact laws permitting the possession and use of small quantities of Marijuana for medical use, many employers ask how will this affect a company’s policy as a Drug Free Workplace. Currently States that permit Medical Marijuana...

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31 Dec 1969

WINNING A UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION CLAIM

To be ineligible for unemployment benefits, an employee must act with disregard for her employer\'s interests, violate reasonable work rules, disregard the standards of behavior the employer has a right to expect of its employees, or disregard her...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT ORAL FLUID TESTING

... Will DOT approve oral fluid drug testing??? ... WHEN WILL THE USE OF ORAL FLUID HAPPEN IN THE DOT/FEDERAL ARENA? by Robert Schoening, Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard ... The use of oral fluid for alcohol...

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31 Dec 1969

Election 2014 and Marijuana

November 4, 2014 medical and recreational initiatives in 2014 election   Medical Marijuana   Approved in Guam (Proposal 14A by 56% to 44%)   Rejected in Florida (Amendment 2: 43% to 57%)  Orlando lawyer...

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31 Dec 1969

Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 2

Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 2 Click Here for Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 1  Click Here for Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 3 The use of oral fluid as a specimen source for...

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31 Dec 1969

Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 3

- Will oral fluid drug testing be allowed in Federal and DOT drug testing programs Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 3  Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part – 2 Oral Fluid Drug Testing Development Part &ndash...

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31 Dec 1969

Negative Dilute Drug Test Result

Negative Dilute Drug Test Result – Confused, what does this mean? Many times employers get back a negative dilute drug test result and are often confused.  What does it mean that the specimen is negative dilute? Perhaps the donor...

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31 Dec 1969

Eliminating Mistakes Before Your Collection Audit

.... Specimen Collection Audits for Workplace Drug Testing  By Joe Reilly, Past Chairman DATIA Reprinted from DATIA Focus, Cover Story, Summer 2014 Issue   Collection sites are often audited by FAA and FTA auditors and recently I have...

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31 Dec 1969

Maritime Industry Drug Testing

... DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY -What do you need to know to perform drug and alcohol testing in the maritime industry? By Robert C. Schoening, Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard (December...

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31 Dec 1969

Employee Tests Positive - Rehab?

... Employee Tests Positive Needs Treatment or Rehabilation, what do I do? ... There are available resources for treatment or rehabilitation for employees that test positive or self-admit to a drug or alcohol problem.  First and foremost, if...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Software, Consulting, Training and MRO

National Drug Screening offers services for TPA’s to build their business utilizing the latest in technology and expert training to become highly knowledgeable in the drug and alcohol testing business. Joe Reilly, President of National Drug...

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31 Dec 1969

Coast Guard Required Drug Testing part 2

...What do you need to know to perform drug and alcohol testing in the maritime industry? Part 2 ... 46 CFR 16 - Coast Guard: Chemical Testing. This regulation includes the chemical testing requirements for marine employers. Read Part 1 of...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Program Required by California PUC

Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs are available for California PUC licensed Limousine and Transportation Network Companies ... Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Required by California PUC The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC or...

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31 Dec 1969

California PUC Drug and Alcohol Testing

California PUC services outline under FMCSA Part 382 regulations. (16 or more passengers, including the driver) Program Includes: Step by step instructions and all required documents – all in one great compliance manual. As required - A...

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31 Dec 1969

California PUC Drug & Alcohol Testing Program

California PUC Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Services & Outline for (15 persons or fewer, including the driver) Controlled Substance & Alcohol Testing Certification Program DOT Like Program Includes: A written company policy ...

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31 Dec 1969

Serious Marine Incident (SMI) Testing part 3

...Alcohol testing must be completed within 2 hours following a serious marine incident (SMI), the collection of drug-test specimens of each individual must be conducted within 32 hours of when the SMI occurred ... What do you need to know...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Maritime Industry part 4

... Coast Guard Post Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing ... What do you need to know to perform drug and alcohol testing in the maritime industry?  Part 4 Part 1 of this series Part 2 of this series Part 3 of this series  This...

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31 Dec 1969

Are Collection Sites the Weakest Link?

... If  you are a Designated Employer Representative (DER), training is key to a successful DOT drug & alcohol testing program, things that are your responsibility can go wrong.  Learn the responsibilities of a DER - Click Here for...

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31 Dec 1969

Do you have a drug free workplace written policy?

Drug Free Workplace Policy Development Do you have a drug free workplace written policy?  It is important that you have a written drug free workplace policy so that your business is not exposed to liability in your drug testing policy...

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31 Dec 1969

Customer Webinar - Paperless Drug Testing

www.mroresultsonline.com – this is our online portal for you to receive results, electronically schedule non-DOT drug tests and manage your drug testing program all in one cloud based database.  With this system you can order and...

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31 Dec 1969

Captains License or Merchant Mariner Documents

– Captains License or Merchant Mariner Documents Required Periodic Drug Test .. Coast Guard Required Drug Testing – Captains License or Merchant Mariner Documents Often referred to as Periodic Drug Testing, this category of drug...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Menu

See Below for drug test menu available for urine drug screening, hair drug testing and oral fluid drug lab based drug testing. Urine is listed first, then hair and finally oral fluid.  Call 866-843-4545 for any questions, additional...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT MIS Reports

... DOT MIS Reports ... Employers subject to DOT or USCG drug and alcohol testing regulations must submit their annual drug and alcohol testing data as required by their respective DOT Agency or the USCG. The annual drug and alcohol testing data...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Physicals – Examiners Must Be Certified

FMCSA developed the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners program as part of the agency’s commitment to enhancing the medical oversight of interstate drivers, and preventing commercial vehicle-related crashes, injuries, and...

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31 Dec 1969

Starting a Drug Testing Business

Franchise and Business Opportunities USA Mobile Drug Testing, LLC ™ (USAMDT) - Provides a nationally recognized brand trade mark with this franchise opportunity that includes contracted territories, excellent training, outstanding marketing...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug and Alcohol Testing Maritime Industry part 5

What do you need to know to perform drug and alcohol testing in the maritime industry?  Part 5 Drug and Alcohol testing for Coast Guard Regulated Employers Part 1 of this series Part 2 of this series Part 3 of this series Part 4 of this...

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31 Dec 1969

Compliance for USCG Drug Testing Regulations

HELP!  What Do I Need To Be In Compliance? … Marine Employers – Help is available for your drug testing program I have just acquired a 65 feet long boat after making the decision to do charter boat fishing and taking passengers...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing and Workers Comp

... Workers Comp must be considered in drug testing programs, don\'t expose your business to liability and don\'t leave money on the table. Drug Testing and Workers\' Comp: What’s the Connection? By Bill Current The Current Consulting...

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31 Dec 1969

HELP! USCG Drug Testing Regulations

>>>The US Coast Guard requires a drug and alcohol testing program and a drug testing consortium. Part II - HELP!  What Do I Need To Be In Compliance? - USCG Drug Testing Regulations  … Marine Employers – Help is...

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31 Dec 1969

HELP with USCG Drug Testing Regulations

HELP!  What Do I Need To Be In Compliance? Part 3 … Marine Employers – Help is available for your drug testing program, the US Coast Guard requires a drug and alcohol testing program and drug testing consortium.  USCG Drug...

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31 Dec 1969

Compliance with Coast Guard - Part 4

Coast Guard Required Drug and Alcohol Testing Finally in compliance with Coast Guard, What is Next? Part 4 Read Part 1 of this Series Here >>> Read Part 2 of this Series Here >>>Read Part 3 of the Series Here...

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31 Dec 1969

Coast Guard Drug Testing Compliance - Part 5

Coast Guard Requirements for Drug & Alcohol Testing Operating a Sport Fishing Charter Boat and Events That Have Happened – Part 5 Drug Test for Captains License  Read Part 1 of this Series Here >>> Read Part 2 of this...

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31 Dec 1969

DER Requirements - DOT

DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Requirements for a DER Designated Employer Representative (DER) Definition and Responsibilities Employers of safety-sensitive transportation employees play a vital role in ensuring the safety of their employees and...

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31 Dec 1969

Serious Marine Incident – Part 6

US Coast Guard Drug & Alcohol Testing ProgramOperating a Sport Fishing Charter Boat and a Serious Marine Incident – Part 6 Coast Guard Required Drug & Alcohol Testing  Read Part 1 of this Series Here >>> Read Part 2...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Expert Assistance and Consultation

... Expert Assistance and Consultation with Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Consulting services for the Drug Testing Industry Need expert assistance, it is available from National Drug Screening and Joe Reilly.  Working with employers...

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31 Dec 1969

Up and Manage a Drug Testing Program

How to Set Up and Manage a Drug Testing and Alcohol Testing Program - Substance Abuse Prevention Many employers ask how to get started and what I do once I am set up for the drug and alcohol testing program.  The following is a brief...

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31 Dec 1969

Compliance with USCG Regulations – Part 7

Coast Required Drug and Alcohol Testing...Operating a Sport Fishing Charter Boat: Test Results and Follow-Up Testing – Part 7 Compliance with USCG regulations for drug and alcohol testing... Read Part 1 of this Series Here >>>...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana and Your Drug Testing Policy

Business owners and managers find themselves grappling with social acceptance for marijuana while understanding the need for a safe and drug-free workplace. A growing question, is marijuana medicine? THC is not a medicine. This is a point to be...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Users Are Working

            ... Drug Users Are Migrating to Employers who don’t Conduct Drug Testing 2013 - National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings  As reported in the 2013 NSDUH survey...

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31 Dec 1969

USCG Drug Testing Compliance – Part 8

Coast Required Drug and Alcohol Testing... Compliance with USCG regulations for drug and alcohol testing...Operating a Sport Fishing Charter Boat: Aftermath of Positive Drug Test Results and Unemployment Issues – Part 8 Read Part 1 of this...

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31 Dec 1969

USCG Drug Testing Compliance – Part 9

… Captain can lose credential over positive drug test … Drug and Alcohol Testing as required by the DOT and the United States Coast Guard …Operating a Sport Fishing Charter Boat: The Licensed Captain and What Happened To Him...

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31 Dec 1969

US Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations

… Drug and Alcohol Testing as required by the DOT and the United States Coast Guard …   Us Coast Guard Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations - Synopsis Introduction This article will summarize the U.S. Coast Guard...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing?

...When do I need a Post Accident Drug Test...Why Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing? Because it can help to deter drug use and prevent accidents Because the greatest financial benefit from drug testing comes from post-accident...

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31 Dec 1969

Immediate Service Available for Drug Testing

Both empoyers and individuals needing immediate drug testing can call National Drug Screening for drug testing with same day service. For individuals drug testing available with same day service.  Call now for probation drug test, court...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Drug Testing Regulations Trucks and Buses - FMCSA

... FMCSA:  Breadth and Scope of the FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations For some readers this article may be common knowledge but it will serve as a refresher in the basics of FMCSA drug and alcohol testing. The trucking industry is...

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31 Dec 1969

Trucking & Bus Companies - Pre-employment Test Exception

... FMCSA:  When to Conduct Pre-employment Testing versus When Not to Conduct Pre-employment Drug Testing There is an exception for pre-employment testing under FMCSA regulations, it is not easy to comply with this exception. An area of...

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31 Dec 1969

E-CCF for DOT – Guidance Published

...We are entering a new era of drug testing or in other words, welcome to a Brave New World... eCCF for DOT Drug Testing... E-CCF for DOT – Guidance Published and How to Interpret by Robert Schoening... At long last, after a wait of...

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31 Dec 1969

Pre-employment Alcohol Testing - Trucking Industry?

... by Robert Schoening...FMCSA:  How did Pre-employment Alcohol Testing Happen in the Trucking Industry? ... Drug & Aclohol Testing Regulations for FMCSA - Truck and Bus drivers... Over the years there have been a number of policy...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Laws Update

Are you in a State with Medical or Recreational marijuana laws?  Have you addressed marijuana in your drug testing policy?  Eight States have pending legislation to legalize medical marijuana in 2015: Florida, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska...

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31 Dec 1969

Congratulations to Julie Floriano!

A big congratulations to Julie Floriano who has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at National Drug Screening.  Julie was the first employee at National Drug Screening and has done a great job with customer service, random testing...

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31 Dec 1969

2015 DATIA Conference

... National Drug Screening to Attend & Exhibit at 2015 DATIA Conference An exciting time in the drug testing industry as preparations are made for the annual conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Drug & Alcohol Testing...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA: Alcohol Testing Devices

... DOT Regulated Alcohol Testing ...  FMCSA:  Alcohol Testing Devices That Can Be Used in the Trucking Industry... Alcohol testing in the regulated trucking industry is a fact of life but what is not generally known are the processes...

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31 Dec 1969

DATIA - Diana Bauske Educational Scholarship

... DATIA’s Diana Bauske Educational Scholarship Fund My friend and mentor, Diana Bauske; will be remembered for her passion for education and professionalism in the drug and alcohol testing industry.  Diana sadly passed away in...

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31 Dec 1969

FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy

FTA Drug and Alcohol Policy Requirements Checklist FTA requires each employer to establish a policy that defines its Drug and Alcohol Testing Program, and requires the entity’s governing body to formally adopt the policy. Designated...

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31 Dec 1969

Auditing your DOT Custody and Control Forms

Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) Review Checklist Does the form read “Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form” at the top? In Step 1: Is the correct employer name and address listed? (The employer’s name...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA: Random Testing History

... FMCSA DOT Required Drug Testing ... FMCSA:  Random Testing History and Development in the Regulated Trucking Industry. Random testing for both controlled substances and alcohol within the trucking industry and the other transportation...

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31 Dec 1969

When Is Enough Enough?

… Drug Free Workplace and Marijuana What happens in Colorado does not always stay in Colorado!  Some employers may get fed up with all this medical and recreational marijuana stuff and say enough is enough.  It is quite possible...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Test Oklahoma City

Drug Testing Oklahoma City National Drug Screening operates drug test centers in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas of Nichols Hills, Bethany, Warr Acres, Del City, Wheatland, Midwest City and Yukon.  Drug testing is available for employer...

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31 Dec 1969

Expanded Opiates for DOT Testing?

... SAMHSA Mandatory Guidelines Proposed Revision for Urine Testing.. Are You Ready for Expanded Opiates for DOT Testing? ... After what seems a long wait, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published in...

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31 Dec 1969

Oral Drug Fluid Testing for DOT?

Oral Fluid Testing as Proposed by SAMHSA In today’s Federal Register, besides the changes to the Mandatory Guidelines for Urine based testing, there was accompanying article that proposed the use of Oral Fluid as a specimen for regulated...

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31 Dec 1969

Random Testing - FMCSA Guidance Trucking Industry

... FMCSA:  More on Random Testing and FMCSA Guidance in the Regulated Trucking Industry..Compliance with FMCSA Random Drug/Alcohol Testing ...  The random testing regulation as stated in 49 CFR Part § 382.109:  has grown from...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Drug Testing DOT

… Will Federal programs and DOT allow hair drug testing? … In today’s (May 29) Federal Register the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published a Request for Information (RFI) as they work to...

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31 Dec 1969

Reilly Awarded Top Entrepreneur

The national trade association for the drug testing industry has awarded its top entrepreneur award to Joe Reilly of Melbourne, Florida.  The Top Entrepreneur award is designed to recognize and honor the entrepreneur who has started a company...

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31 Dec 1969

National Laboratory Certification Program - NLCP

... Who will approve laboratories for electronic custody and control forms (eCCF) -  NLCP:  Identified and Defined NLCP is an acronym that stands for National Laboratory Certification Program. Exactly what does this program do and what...

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31 Dec 1969

DATIA Conference 2015

..Drug Testing Industry Experts and Professionals Gather in Miami Florida ... The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) celebrated its 20th anniversary at its annual conference June 2 – 4 at the Trump National Doral in...

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31 Dec 1969

Win for Employers Rights to a Drug Free Workplace

...Colorado Medical Marijuana Use Not Upheld!...Huge Win for Employers Rights to a Drug Free Workplace In a long awaited ruling, the Colorado Supreme Court today ruled that the termination of former DISH TV Network employee was in accordance with...

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31 Dec 1969

Will DOT Approve Hair Testing?

For sure a few years away, but it is possible DOT can approve hair testing for the DOT required drug and alcohol testing program.  Several large trucking companies like JB Hunt and Schneider are currently conducting the proper DOT 5 panel...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Random Alcohol Testing

FMCSA:  More on Random Testing, Consequences and FMCSA Guidance in the Regulated Trucking Industry. The random alcohol testing regulation as stated in 49 CFR Part § 382.305 has the requirement for testing at a rate of 10% for the...

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31 Dec 1969

Employers Rights Medical Marijuana

...Employers Have a right to a Drug Free Workplace Regardless of Medical Marijuana The unanimous decision by the Colorado Supreme Court in Coats v. Dish Network ruled that an employer could fire an employee for testing positive for marijuana...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Reasonable Suspicion Drug & Alcohol Testing

...Supervisor Training is Required to Make Reasonable Suspicion Determinations ... FMCSA Reasonable Suspicion Testing If there is any area of testing that is fraught with liability, it is reasonable suspicion testing for controlled substances...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing in Puerto Rico

National Drug Screening has three new locations in Puerto Rico for employment drug testing.  Additional drug testing available for court ordered programs and personal drug tests.  Our new locations for drug testing in Puerto Rico are...

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31 Dec 1969

FRA Post Accident Testing Update

...Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Post Accident Testing Update FRA’s post-accident testing rule requires urine and blood specimen collection from surviving employees and also tissue from deceased employees (these collection...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT & FMCSA Training (Part 2)

DOT & FMCSA Reasonable Suspicion and Supervisory Training * ...Supervisor Training is Required to Make Reasonable Suspicion Determinations... A supervisor is required to make a determination to test is done when there is specific...

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31 Dec 1969

Employers and Marijuana in a Drug Testing Program

... States with Medical Marijuana currently as of July 2015: Alaska,  Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey...

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31 Dec 1969

Consortium and Stand Alone Random Testing

... DOT FMCSA Drug Testing Programs – Consortium and Stand Alone Random Testing Programs Many trucking and bus companies are required to maintain drug and alcohol testing programs including random drug testing.  For the owner operators...

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31 Dec 1969

Reasonable Suspicion and Supervisory Training

... The Confrontational Process Reasonable Suspicion and Supervisory Training An employee’s performance is not up to par, some other things do not seem right; what does a supervisor do? Based on a situation that is not an immediate safety...

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31 Dec 1969

Why should DOT Urine Specimen Collectors Be Trained?

...DOT Requires Specimen Collectors to be Training with Qualification and Proficiency Demonstration ... When an employee is informed by their employer that they need to go in for a drug test.  The employee can get very apprehensive about the...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - Hair Follicle Drug Testing

Hair Follicle Drug Testing Available in all Areas of the United States  Whether you are an employer looking to check up on your applicants and employees or an individual who requires periodic, court-ordered drug testing per the terms of your...

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31 Dec 1969

Employer Drug Testing

The Importance of Employer Drug Testing  A business that fosters a drug free workplace is a business that customers can trust. Every year, more employers incorporate drug testing into their hiring process. In some industries like...

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31 Dec 1969

Employer Drug Testing – Drug Free Workplace

A comprehensive drug free workplace policy consists of: Written Policy Employee Education Supervisor Training Drug & Alcohol Testing Employee Assistance Program An employer often has a comprehensive substance abuse policy which is...

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31 Dec 1969

Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training

Drug Test Consulting Network brings you DOT Compliant and Drug-Free Workplace Supervisor and Employee training.  Refresher and FAA Recurrent supervisor training is also available. Click Here for Online Supervisor Training...

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31 Dec 1969

HR Manager Needs Drug Testing

How do you conduct substance abuse testing for a non-regulated company? ...  A company representative from the Human Resource approaches you as a drug testing C/TPA and would like you to conduct drug testing on their employees.  They...

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31 Dec 1969

Joe Reilly Comments on Quest Drug Testing Index

... What are the latest statistics and the latest trends regarding drug use and drug testing?  At the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) conference this past May in Miami, Dr. Barry Sample presented key findings from...

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31 Dec 1969

PIE ACTION TAKEN

... Drug testing TPA acts as MRO Violating DOT Regulations ...Drug testing TPA acts as MRO Violating DOT Regulations - PIE ACTION TAKEN Today, August 18, 2015, DOT announced that a new Public Interest Exclusion (PIE) has been issued on a service...

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31 Dec 1969

Crime in Baltimore – Substance Abuse – Drug Testing

Crime including murders has been excessive in Baltimore.  Much of his can be contributed to illegal drug trade and substance abuse.  Baltimore has surpassed New York City for homicides this year.  As of August 20, 2015, Baltimore...

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31 Dec 1969

Workplace Violence Prevention Tips

Today’s Blog is dedicated to the fallen WDBJ-TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward.  Our prayers and sympathy go out to their families, friends and co-workers.  We also wish a speedy recover to Vicki Gardner head of the Smith...

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31 Dec 1969

Non-DOT Random Drug Testing

... This is the second of a series of articles on Non DOT Drug Testing Programs ... What can happen if you conduct random substance abuse testing for a non-regulated company? To follow on with this fictional company, this company has decided to...

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31 Dec 1969

Consortium/Third Party Administrator (C/TPA)

This is the third in a series of articles on non-DOT drug testing  ...  Items that C/TPA owners/managers should know or be aware of! There are several areas of knowledge that the owner of the C/TPA in the drug and alcohol testing...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - FAA Drug Testing – Consortium

Employers regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are required to have a DOT-FAA drug and alcohol testing program along with random testing in a stand-alone random testing pool or a consortium random testing pool.  Employers...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - Do You Need a Drug Test Today?

Our office receives calls all the time asking for assistance in getting a drug test performed today, immediate drug testing service is needed.  Can we do this, the answer is yes – we do it all the time this is our specialty.  We...

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31 Dec 1969

Employer Drug Testing and Marijuana

Workplace Drug Testing and Marijuana Employer drug testing for marijuana has become much more complicated in recent years. With several states now allowing medical marijuana and Colorado and Washington allowing recreational marijuana, now tests...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Follicle Drug Testing New York City

Do you need to order a hair follicle drug test in New York City; Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and surrounding areas?  Drug screening specialists are standing by to help you order a hair follicle test for employment...

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31 Dec 1969

C/TPA or Program Manager

Reprinted from September Issue of Occupational Health & Safety Magazine - September 2015 Drug & alcohol testing is serious business.  It is not like buying office supplies and you get the lowest price for 100 Swingline staplers; you...

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31 Dec 1969

Compliance For Owner Operators

How do you know if you are required to have the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) DOT drug testing programs? An employer with employees who fit into the below categories will be required to have a DOT FMCSA drug and alcohol...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Panels

What are the common drug testing panels and what substances do they test for? Watch the video for all the details and full explainations of each panel. Here is the breakdown by panel and what is included for each: Five Panel: Cocaine, Marijuana...

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31 Dec 1969

Reilly Interviewed at National SHRM Conference

At the 2015 SHRM Conference in Las Vegas, Joe Reilly President of National Drug Screening was interview by Jennifer Gladstone from the EBI Screening News Network. Reilly a leading expert on workplace drug testing reported on the rapidly...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - Benefits Of Random Drug Testing In The Workplace

Drug abuse is unhealthy. It can diminish workers’ ability to cooperate and work well. It can reduce long-term productivity and profits. It can reduce quality of life, both in the workplace and elsewhere, for those who are using illicit...

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31 Dec 1969

Tools for DOT Urine Specimen Collectors

The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) has some new tools to help DOT urine specimen collectors and collection to maintain compliance.  This is a great resource to help collection sited maintain compliance and be better...

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31 Dec 1969

Same Day Certified Drug Test Results

... Can an individual order their own certified drug test? Same Day Certified Drug Test Results Yes! It happens all the time. Call Now for a drug test today: 866-843-4545 If you need a drug test today, look no further. National Drug...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Random Consortium for Owner Operators

...DOT Answers the Question of What Are Consortium/Third-Party Administrators Owner-operators required to register with a consortium for DOT drug and alcohol testing.  If you have a CDL and operate an interstate or/and intrastate business on...

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31 Dec 1969

Electronic CCF Instant Drug Tests

Questions often come in about what is the best way to record the chain of custody when performing an instant drug test and what is the best way to report the negative result. There is a state of the art robust system solution for recording the...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Certified Specimen Collector

... Actually DOT does not certify specimen collectors.  The DOT requirement is to be qualified to perform specimen collections.  In order to qualify to perform DOT urine specimen collections for the DOT drug testing program, a collector...

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31 Dec 1969

$5 Insanity

The short answer is absolutely, positively, without a doubt YES! Flakka is an illegal synthetic drug that acts like a cross between cocaine and meth; it reportedly gives a similar high as cocaine accompanied by mild hallucinations. The...

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31 Dec 1969

The Negative Dilute Drug Test Result

Many times employers get back a negative dilute drug test result and are often confused. What does it mean that the specimen is negative dilute? When the lab reports a specimen as dilute, there are certain levels of creatinine and specific...

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31 Dec 1969

Lab and MRO Information

Listed below is the Medical Review Officer (MRO) and Laboratory information for National Drug Screening. Medical Review Officer (MRO): Dr David NahinNational Drug Screening9501 Northfield BlvdDenver CO 80238Phone: 877-295-3381Fax...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug and Alcohol Testing Training and Consulting

A question we often receive is: What type of drug testing training is available? Our President Joe Reilly is known throughout the United States as an expert in the drug testing industry. With experience since 1993, Joe is a Past Chairman of the...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Testing - DOT

AUTHORIZATION OF HAIR TESTING AS AN ACCEPTABLE PROCEDURE FOR DOT PREEMPLOYMENT AND DOT RANDOM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE TESTS On Dec. 4, 2015, Congress passed H.R. 22, an act to authorize funds for federal-aid highways, highway safety programs, and...

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31 Dec 1969

Changes To DOT Random Testing For 2016

by: Tom Fulmer  This week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced, pursuant to 49 CFR 382.305, that it is reducing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Random Drug Testing

The simple answer to this question is that it has a high probability of reducing the number of people working at your company that are doing illegal drugs. This means less accidents and sick days, better productivity, and a safer work environment...

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31 Dec 1969

Dilute Specimens in Employer Drug Testing

If a positive test result is also reported as dilute, the positive result stands and procedures for reporting a positive test should be followed.  What does dilute mean? Perhaps the donor drinks a lot of water, perhaps the donor is trying to...

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31 Dec 1969

Laboratories for Workplace Drug Testing

... SAMHSA Certified Laboratories for Workplace Drug Testing - These laboratories confirm all non-negative / positive employee drug screen samples by GC/MS testing. Laboratories with the SAMHSA certification are also available to...

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31 Dec 1969

State Laws in Employer Drug Testing

If you have a question about State Laws for employer drug testing programs, give us a call and we can provide the answer.  We also recommend the The On-Line Ultimate Guide to State Drug Testing Laws at www.StateDrugTestingLaws.com. There are...

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31 Dec 1969

TPA - C/TPA and Service Agents

Three critical terms in the drug and alcohol testing industry - TPA, C/TPA and Service Agents, let’s identify these important parties. So what exactly is a TPA or Third Party Administrator in the drug and alcohol testing industry? In simple...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Workplace Drug Testing is Essential in 2016

Throughout 2015, workplace drug testing has been a hot topic and it will only get hotter as we move into 2016 especially with the introduction of legislation to legalize the use of marijuana and other drugs. While positive results from drug...

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31 Dec 1969

Court Ordered & Probation Drug Tests

For multiple reasons individuals sometime need a drug or alcohol test.  At National Drug Screening, we can help you with a personal drug test anywhere in the United States, Hawaii or Puerto Rico.  One phone call and in many cases we can...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Training Programs

National Drug Screening offers training programs for compliance with drug and alcohol testing programs including DOT programs and non-DOT programs. Custom training is available along with live on site training, webinars and computer based...

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31 Dec 1969

Looking for a Menu of Drug Testing Panels

Test Name  Drugs To Be Tested URINE DRUG TESTING   10 Panel  Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP – angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth)...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Use Detection Times

This is a question that gets asked very often by both employers and employees. It is important to note that the length of time alcohol or drugs remain detectable in a persons system will vary depending on the testing method, the amount ingested...

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31 Dec 1969

Quest Diagnostics Update - eCCF for DOT

Quest Diagnostics Reports ... We are busy making final preparations for the use of the Federal electronic Custody and Control Form, or eCCF, for regulated drug testing programs. An eCCF is an electronic version of the traditional, five-part...

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31 Dec 1969

Do you need a Drug Testing Policy?

... Drug Testing Policy, Drug Free Workplace Program, Substance Abuse Policy We get questions about drug free workplace policies all the time such as: How can I set up a drug free workplace policy? Can you help me set up a drug testing policy...

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31 Dec 1969

In Favor of Legalized Marijuana – Vote for Hillary

Your choice, your vote – what do you think about legalizing marijuana? Hillary Clinton has stated she wants to \"wait and see\" the evidence in states legalizing marijuana for recreational use before taking a position. But wait, George...

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31 Dec 1969

NDS Drug Free Workplace Sticker Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Melbourne, FL – February 4, 2016 -- The wait is finally over! The winners of the NDS “Drug Free Workplace Sticker Contest” have been selected and each will receive a $100 VISA Gift card courtesy of National...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing_Unemployment_Workers Comp

It may seem to be common sense to assume that an employee fired for a positive drug test will be denied unemployment or workers compensation claim, but that isn\'t always the case. Some states have very specific, detailed rules that must be...

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31 Dec 1969

Non-Negative Drug Test Result in the Maritime Industry

... US Coast Guard Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy - Positive Test Consequences ... Consequences of a Non-Negative Drug Test Result in the Maritime Industry Part 1    Part 2    Part 3   Part 4 You...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Attract and Retain Better Employees

At National Drug Screening, I speak, email, or message with company owners, managers, and supervisors every day. Often times they are calling in a panic (or at least extremely concerned) because that had a problem come up that has created or may...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Should I Have An Employee Assistance Program?

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are generally the most effective vehicle for addressing poor workplace performance that may stem from an employee’s personal problems, including the abuse of alcohol or other drugs. EAPs are an excellent...

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31 Dec 1969

Positive Drug Test Serious for a Credentialed Marine - Part 2

... Consequences for a Credentialed Mariner with a Non-Negative Test Result ... US Coast Guard DOT Drug Testing Program - Positive Drug Test Serious for a Credentialed Marine  - Part 2 Part 1    Part 2 ...

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31 Dec 1969

Credentialed Mariner with a Non-Negative Test Result – Part 3

... United States Coase Guard (USCG) Regulated Drug & Alcohol Testing .. What Happens to a Mariner with a Non-Negative Test, Part 3 ...Consequences for a Credentialed Mariner with a Non-Negative Test Result – Part 3 Part 1 ...

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31 Dec 1969

Credentialed Mariner - Non-Negative Test Result – Part 4

Consequences for a Credentialed Mariner with a Non-Negative Test Result – Part 4 US Coast Guard Drug & Alcohol Drug Testing – Part 4 of 4 Part Series Coast Guard Credentialed Mariner Tests Positive – Serious...

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31 Dec 1969

Expanding and Hiring - Join a Great Team

National Drug Screening is a fast growing national provider of drug and alcohol testing services for employers and individuals.  In addition, National Drug Screening provides back office wholesale services to other drug and alcohol testing...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Centers Oklahoma City

Both individuals and employers need drug and alcohol testing services in Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.  National Drug Screening has drug testing centers throughout Oklahoma including Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Fort Sill...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing for UBER Drivers

We got three phone today calls from UBER Drivers needing a drug test so I am not sure if UBER is now requiring drug testing.  In any event, National Drug Screening can provide drug testing for UBER drivers with same day fast and easy...

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31 Dec 1969

Getting into DOT Compliance - FMCSA

My dilemma is this!  I own a trucking company that I bought last year when it was a two truck and driver company.  Business has been good and we have been growing where we now have 20 drivers 22 trucks and will be hiring more...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT FMCSA Owner Operator Consortium

If you own and operate your own trucking business, you are required to have a DOT drug and alcohol testing program including a pre-employment drug test and enrollment into a DOT random testing consortium.  At National Drug Screening (NDS) we...

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31 Dec 1969

Prescription Drugs: A Growing Crisis for Employers and Employees

While there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report,(1,2)  the volume of prescription painkillers prescribed in the U.S. has quadrupled since 1999.(3) Changes in the way providers are prescribing...

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31 Dec 1969

DATIA Conference for Industry Professionals

Each year at the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) annual conference; I am happy to see and connect with many industry professionals and experts.  What is interesting is that some self -proclaimed industry experts are...

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31 Dec 1969

Getting into Compliance FMCSA - Part 2

FMCSA Drug Testing – Trucking Companies I sat down and did some heavy duty reading of the trucking regulations for drug and alcohol testing.  As I read this huge document, I made notes along the way as I wanted to be prepared for my...

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31 Dec 1969

Don’t Let Your Business Go Up In A Puff of Smoke: How State Marijuana Laws are Changing Business

March 17, 2016 By Richard Dujovne The legalization of marijuana is becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the country with many states passing a variety of laws affecting the use of marijuana for recreational and or medical use even though it...

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31 Dec 1969

Getting into Compliance-Part 3

... FMCSA DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing ... The return phone call was a long time in coming as I was expecting the call early in the business day. Instead, the call came at almost the end of the business day. Several thoughts were running...

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31 Dec 1969

RANDOM DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING AND YOUR BUSINESS

Department of Labor reported that the abuse of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, cause 65 percent of accidents and 38 percent to 50 percent of the claims of all employees associated with alcohol or drug abuse in the workplace. Drug testing...

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31 Dec 1969

Getting into Compliance-Part 4

... FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Required Testing – Consortium and Random Drug Testing ... Getting into Compliance-Part 4 After the -phone call and the new information that I had learned I did my homework.  The license copies had been...

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31 Dec 1969

Montana Drug Free Workplace

... For drug testing in Montana, employers must create a written substance abuse policy, which must contain a description of: 1. Applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, and local law for the unlawful manufacture, distribution...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Consortium – Texas Tow Truck Operators

Tow truck operators and vehicle storage facility operators are highly regulated in Texas and those regulations’ include enrollment into an approved drug testing consortium.  Tow truck operators must have a comprehensive drug and alcohol...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Public Interest Exclusion - PIE

… What is the Public Interest Exclusion and Some Major Causative Factors? A topic that is not clearly understood but can be a discussion with many parties is what can cause a service agent is to be faced with a charge of Public Interest...

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31 Dec 1969

Post-Accident Testing For DOT - FMCSA

FMCSA Post-Accident Drug Testing is often confusing.  When is the DOT FMCSA Post Accident Test required? The company\'s DER\'s and Supervisors must pay close attention to the details of an accident report in order to determine if specific...

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31 Dec 1969

REFUSAL TO TEST - DRUGS OR ALCOHOL - DOT & ALCOHOL DRUG TESTING

DER RESPONSIBILITIES Many times in the drug and alcohol testing process, the DER must make a determination of a refusal to test. This is often misunderstood. It is an extremely important responsibility. What exactly is a refusal to test and who...

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31 Dec 1969

PIE - DOT Public Interest Exclusion

Part 2 - Who is Subject to a Public Interest Exclusion and What Are Some Major Causative Factors? A Must Read for TPA\'s and C/TPA\'s The last article addressed collection facilities and some possible Public Interest Exclusion (PIE) scenarios...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Options – Urine, Hair, Oral Fluid

Today, drug testing has become the norm rather than the exception. Whether it’s an employer making sure they’re hiring a trustworthy employee or an insurance specialist making sure that no illicit drugs led to an accident, drug tests...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Do Individuals Need A Personal Drug Test?

These days we hear so much about drug screenings that they’ve become a ubiquitous part of our lives. But while passing a drug test is often a requirement for employment or to receive insurance compensation following an accident, it’s...

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31 Dec 1969

ETG Alcohol Testing

Drug and alcohol screening has become fairly standard practice throughout most of the country today. While drug testing generally is used to identify potential problem employees before they’re hired on, an alcohol urine test is often used in...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Court Ordered and Probation Drug Testing

We all make mistakes in our lives, and sometimes those mistakes lead to problems with the legal system. In some situations, an individual may face court ordered drug testing or be required to undergo regular drug testing as part of their...

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31 Dec 1969

Lab Based vs Instant or Rapid Drug Testing

Today, drug testing has become one of the most common ways used to screen potential employees, affirm insurance claims, and more. Simply put, it’s a part of life for millions of people and organizations. But not all drug tests are...

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31 Dec 1969

A Closer Look At The 5 Panel Drug Test

Drug testing has become a standard part of life for most of us. It impacts our ability to find employment, can be used to secure insurance settlements, is needed in private contractor situations, and much more. It’s even used in child...

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31 Dec 1969

The Basics Of The 10 Panel Drug Test

Drug testing is used for a tremendous range of reasons, from pre-employment screening to verification during insurance claims to divorce settlements and beyond. But many don’t realize that there are a huge number of different drug test types...

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31 Dec 1969

The Growing Importance Of Drug Testing And Analysis

Today, technology and modern medicine have created a tremendous range of new techniques that help individuals as well as companies and large organizations. One perfect example of this is drug testing and analysis. Thanks to reduced costs, faster...

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31 Dec 1969

Top 5 Reasons An Individual Could Need Drug Testing

When most people think of drug testing, they think of the drug screen test that is used by employers to determine whether or not someone can be hired onto the position in question. And indeed, pre-employment drug screening has become incredibly...

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31 Dec 1969

Determining The Kind Of Drug Test Needed

Drug tests are used by companies large and small, various organizations, the court system, and even individuals who need a personal drug test for some reason. But with so many different kinds of drug tests out there, which is the one that is right...

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31 Dec 1969

Nursing School And Drug Tests

Drug testing is used throughout many different industries today. And while most people generally expect to have to pass a drug test in order to secure employment, it can surprise many to learn that drug tests are often used for a wide range of...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing In Child Custody Cases

While most people assume that drug testing is something that is only really done for employment screening or as part of a probation situation, there are numerous other situations where drug screenings may be needed as well. A perfect example of...

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31 Dec 1969

Top 5 FAA Frequently Asked Employer Questions - FAQs

FAQ 1: What are the training requirements for my employees and supervisors?  The Federal Aviation Administration\'s (FAA\'s) drug and alcohol testing regulation establishes the requirements for training both safety-sensitive employees and...

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31 Dec 1969

Join National Drug Screening at the 2016 Space Coast HR Conference

The 2016 Space Coast HR Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Oceanfront which is always a great venue for events. We at National Drug Screening are excited to be supporting this years conference to assist and provide continuing education...

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31 Dec 1969

What is 49 CFR Part 40?

49 CFR Part 40 is the official regulation for Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated drug and alcohol testing.  This regulation outlines what is required for transportation regulated employers for r drug and alcohol testing.  These...

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31 Dec 1969

Five Things You Might Not Know About Drug Testing

1. Paper Is Out, Electronic Is In Electronic Custody and Control Forms for non-DOT testing have been used for several years. You can order a drug test from your computer and the applicant or employee can walk into a Quest or LabCorp facility...

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31 Dec 1969

What is EtG Testing?

Alcohol testing is more complicated than you might think.  There are various methods by which alcohol concentration in the human body is tested for and for various reasons.  One method is Ethyl Glucuronide testing commonly known as EtG...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Public Interest Exclusion - PIE Part 3

Who is Subject to a Public Interest Exclusion and What Are Some Major Causative Factors? Part 3 This article will address the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) accredited laboratories, Medical Review Officers...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Part 4 - Public Interest Exclusion (PIE)

Public Interest Exclusion: Historical, Developmental and Implementation Aspects This article will address the history along with the process and procedures to be taken for a Public Interest Exclusion (PIE) and the process and timeline for a...

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31 Dec 1969

Employee Might be Using Drugs – What Next?

We get phone calls often from employers telling us that an employee might be using drugs.  This is often based on observations of the employer or perhaps another employee stating that so and so is using drugs.  Employers often call us...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing and New Marijuana Laws in the United States

... Landscape of Marijuana Laws in the US ... Marijuana use for recreational and medicinal purposes is increasingly becoming mainstream because of the recent changes/amendments in laws of different states. The state of Colorado not too long ago...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Part 5 - PIE

... Public Interest Exclusion: Legal Standing and Can a PIE Be Challenged? ... This is a special article that will discuss a challenge to a Public Interest Exclusion (PIE) and the process for a Notice of Public Exclusion (NOPE). At the same...

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31 Dec 1969

A Closer Look At Child Custody Drug Testing

Drug testing is often thought of as being something that only employers will use when trying to determine whether or not someone is suitable for joining their team. However, there are many additional reasons that drug testing could be used. While...

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31 Dec 1969

Understanding The Primary Drug Testing Methods

Drug testing has become so commonplace that it’s almost expected to take place in many instances throughout our lives now. From a pre-employment screening to a random drug test as part of a probation order, there are a lot of different...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Is More Common Than Ever

While it’s true that in some parts of the country, marijuana laws have begun to be far less strict than they once were, the reality is that plenty of other drugs are still illegal, and even in areas where marijuana use is accepted plenty of...

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31 Dec 1969

Which Drug Testing Method Do I Need To Be Aware Of?

For many individuals, there are plenty of reasons to use a drug screen test for themselves. Whether they need to know whether or not they can pass a pre-employment drug screening or are involved in a custody dispute that will involve drug testing...

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31 Dec 1969

Unlocking The Mystery Between 10 and 5 Panel Drug Tests

Drug testing is incredibly common now, used for everything from employment screenings to insurance purposes and more. And while plenty of people have a basic idea as to what drug tests are usually utilized for and what kind of drug tests are out...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Is For More Than Just Employment Screening Now

Employee drug testing is something that most Americans are familiar with. Whether it’s the process of getting hired on and going through a pre-employment drug screening or facing the chance of random drug testing in the workplace...

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31 Dec 1969

The Growing Importance of The 10 Panel Drug Screen

The world of drug testing and screening is more diverse than many realize. In fact, there are many different reasons that drug tests are used and several different types of drug screenings out there. While people commonly know about things like...

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31 Dec 1969

The Two Big Questions When Determining The Right Drug Test For Your Needs

When most people think of drug testing, they immediately think of the basic urinalysis drug test that is used by employers for prescreening their applicants before they’re hired. But there are many additional reasons that a drug and alcohol...

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31 Dec 1969

A Closer Look At Insurance Related Drug Testing

Drug testing has become a common part of life in the US. But while it’s often used in situations such as employment screening as part of the hiring process for work, another key reason that drug testing is often used is in an insurance...

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31 Dec 1969

Even Individuals May Need To Administer Themselves A Drug Test

Drug screenings are so common that most of us expect them when we take certain steps – applying for a job, filing an insurance or worker’s comp claim, and more. But in most cases, it’s immediately assumed that drug testing and...

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31 Dec 1969

Understanding ETG Alcohol Testing

While most people have a vague idea as to how drug testing works, most don’t really consider alcohol testing as being something that will impact them in any foreseeable way. After all, it’s much rarer of a test and is actually more...

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31 Dec 1969

A Closer Look At Lab Based And Instant Drug Testing

Drug testing has come a long way over the last several years. Today’s test can look for a larger number of potential drugs and can do so with much more accuracy. There are also more options for testing – in particular, what speed one...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - Dropping Marijuana from Your Drug Testing Program?

Thinking About Dropping Marijuana from Your Drug Testing Program? Can employers still drug test for Marijuana, absolutely yes!  Several states have legalized use of recreational or medical marijuana and a few have begun de-criminalizing...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Confused about “negative dilute”?.

Thanks to Working Partners®  for sharing this video and information. Find out more at www.WorkingPartners.com . Working Partners® is an acknowledged industry leader, endorsed and recognized by the State of Ohio...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Blind Specimens Requirements

We get many questions about the DOT requirement for Blind Specimens as required in 49 CFR Part 40.103. As an employer if you fewer than 2000 DOT-covered employees, you are not required to provide blind specimens. So no need to worry about this if...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Sample Drug Test

Hair Sample Drug Test Drug testing is becoming an increasingly important component of safety, security and operations across many industries. For professional and commercial transport, it’s an especially crucial component, as both the...

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31 Dec 1969

Transgender Drug Screen Collections

This is a current topic and many collectors around the nation have concerns.  We asked Bob Schoening to discuss this issue of transgender drug screen collections.  Here are Bob’s thoughts:   “I think just going by the...

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31 Dec 1969

Mild Excitement In The Drug And Alcohol Test Industry - OSHA

OSHA Final Rule Analysis On May 12, 2016, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of Department of Labor published a final rule titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses; Final Rule” to be a...

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31 Dec 1969

MIS Reports - DOT Drug Testing

Applicability of the Management Information Systems (MIS) Report In the first few years of the Department of Transportation (DOT) required drug testing there was not a requirement for employers to submit Management Information System (MIS...

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31 Dec 1969

The Primary Reasons An Individual May Need A Drug Test

When most people think of drug testing, they think of things like pre employment drug testing or court ordered testing as part of a probation order. But what many don’t realize is that there are plenty of other reasons that a drug test might...

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31 Dec 1969

The Basics Of The 10 Panel Drug Test

Drug testing has become so commonplace that most of us don’t give it a second thought. Whether it’s for a job or as part of an insurance claim, drug testing is everywhere. However, a surprising number of individuals don’t full...

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31 Dec 1969

Ensuring You Are Using The Right Drug Testing Companies

Drug testing serves a huge range of purposes today, and has become so important that it really is almost everywhere. Employers use it to determine how trustworthy an applicant may be, insurance companies use to verify claims, and more. But while...

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31 Dec 1969

The Four Main Drug Testing Sample Options

No matter what the situation may be – pre employment, court ordered, insurance, or otherwise – drug testing takes an important role in many aspects of our lives today. As such, it’s worth taking a moment to learn more about it no...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Oral Fluid Drug Testing - What is the Best to Use?

Oral Fluid testing is a hot topic in drug testing today. What should you know about it? Should you be using it? How does it compare to urine drug screens and Hair testing? Find out now... Welcome to the National Drug Screening video blog series...

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31 Dec 1969

Preparing for your transition to eCCF for DOT

ECCF is the electronic version of the traditional five part paper custody and control form. This is the document used for drug test collections. ECCF is already available for non-DOT or non-regulated testing. On April 13, 2015, the US Department...

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31 Dec 1969

National Drug Screening - TPA and MRO

Why Use Us?  National Drug Screening is an accredited third party administrator for drug & alcohol testing programs.  Nationally accredited by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). There are many drug testing...

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31 Dec 1969

The War On Drugs

Many people have concerns and often times questions about the efficacy of the “war” on drugs.  Some of the questions and issues revolve around is the current approach effective or how effective is the current approach. The other...

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31 Dec 1969

Ohio Legalizes Marijuana - H.B. 523 Signed into Law

On Wednesday June 8th, Gov. John Kasich signed H.B. 523 legalizing medical marijuana; the law will officially go into effect in 90 days, but the bill allows additional time for the state to complete the necessary infrastructure and...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Requirements for California - Transportation

In California, in most cases the transportation of passengers for compensation requires operating authority from the PUC.  Two major exceptions are taxicab service, which are subject to local regulation by cities and counties, and medical...

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31 Dec 1969

Second Chance Agreement

Drug Free Workplace Policy – Termination or Second Chance? Many employers in their drug free workplace policies give an employee a second chance after a confirmed and verified positive drug test results.  Sometimes the second chance...

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31 Dec 1969

Here Are 2 Questions That Are Very Important For DOT Regulated Companies

1.     ARE YOU COVERED BY DOT DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING REGULATIONS? 2.     ARE YOU COMPLIANT WITH THOSE REGULATIONS? Motor carriers that meet the criteria below are required to comply with FMCSA 49 CFR...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Regulated Drug Testing for Trucking Companies

Introduction  Trucking plays a vital role in the American economy. It helps transport raw materials and goods across the country. Close to 60% of all commercial freight is hauled by trucks in the US, that’s a substantial share. With so...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: When Is DOT FMCSA Post Accident Drug Testing Required

TOM: Welcome to the national drug screening video blog series. My name is Tom Fulmer I am the VP of business development. You can find out more information on our website by visiting our blog at www.nationaldrugscreening.com. It is where we help...

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31 Dec 1969

OSHA Says No to Post-Accident Drug Testing

There has been a buzz in the drug testing industry regarding OSHA and potential prohibitions on post-accident drug testing. Employers and drug testing industry professionals alike have asked OSHA for further clarification of the new rulemaking...

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31 Dec 1969

Lawsuit delays OSHA Post-Accident Testing Final Rule

In a not very surprising development, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a delay in the implantation of their Final Rule titled “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”. There was a...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Spot a Colleague with a Substance Abuse Problem

Addiction impacts every aspect of a person’s life - including their place of employment. Of the approximate 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that 70 percent are...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: What is a C/TPA and What Do They Do?

Welcome to the National Drug Screening video blog series. My name is Tom Fulmer. I am the vice president of business development and I will be hosting this series. You can find out more information on our website and by visiting our blog at...

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31 Dec 1969

Child Custody Drug testing

Divorce is never easy, but matters become even more difficult when a parent is accused of drug or alcohol abuse. It is then that the court can step in and mandate child custody drug testing. What is child custody drug testing? In most amicable...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Laws California

Drug Testing Laws California In California there is no general law or laws that regulate workplace drug testing.  It is important to take a look into some court decisions and other laws or regulations that might affect employer drug testing...

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31 Dec 1969

National Drug Screening is Nationally Accredited for Administration of Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

Did you know - National Drug Screening is one of 44 firms in the nation to be Nationally Accredited for Administration of Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs; accreditation issued by DATIA – the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Myths and Facts

It seems that every day people are claiming to have found the new “sure fire way” to pass a drug test, but is what they are saying actually true? There are a lot of rumors surrounding drug tests, so we took a minute to dispel the most...

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31 Dec 1969

New Hampshire Laws on Drug Testing

There are no laws in New Hampshire restricting or prohibiting drug testing. There is a law (CHAPTER 36-HB 597-FN) requiring licensed health care facilities and providers to implement drug free workplace programs.  This legislation requires...

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31 Dec 1969

Democrats Endorse a Path to Legalizing Marijuana

In case you missed it, the Democrats have become the first major political party to endorse a “pathway” for the legalization of marijuana.  Currently, marijuana is considered a Schedule 1 drug, which by definition means the most...

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31 Dec 1969

Will You Survive Your FAA Repair Station Audit?

Drug & Alcohol Testing Program is required for Aircraft Repair Stations (Part 145) and Contractors to FAA regulated employers. National Drug Screening (NDS) provides not only compliant programs and testing but also audit support, Mock Audit...

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31 Dec 1969

Final Rule Change to Service Agent

08/08/2016 - Today the Department of Transportation published in the Federal Register a change in the definition of the term “Service Agent”.  This was published as a Final rule with the requirement for advance notice being waived...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Test Fraud at the Rio Olympics

The level of competition at the Olympics leaves athletes constantly searching for an edge on their opponents. Unfortunately, some competitors gain that edge with the help of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s).In the weeks leading up to Rio...

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31 Dec 1969

Massachusetts Laws on Drug Testing

There are no laws in Massachusetts restricting or prohibiting drug testing. Massachusetts is a “mandatory” state, which means any private employer wishing to conduct drug and/or alcohol testing of non-regulated employees within this...

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31 Dec 1969

Learn Why Prescription Drug Abuse Is More Prominent in Adults

People tend to associate drug abuse with teens and young adults. But little do they know, older people are just as susceptible to addiction as anyone else. In fact, it might be even easier for an adult to become addicted. They have the means to...

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31 Dec 1969

The Facts About Drug Abuse In College

For any parent, trusting your son/daughter while they are away at school is a difficult task. There is so much outside pressure to drink, party and do drugs that it can be overwhelming. The truth is, your young adult is going to have to make the...

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31 Dec 1969

Quest Diagnostics Approved to Use eCCF for Federally-Mandated DOT Workforce

Quest Diagnostics intends to make DOT & HHS federal eCCF broadly available to its clients in the fourth quarter of 2016. Traditionally, DOT regulated drug testing has required paper custody and control forms for drug testing. After a long...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana - State vs Federal

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Determination A federal appeals court on Tuesday banned the Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana cases if no state laws were broken.  Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but Congress...

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31 Dec 1969

Wisconsin Compensation Law Changes

On February 29, 2016, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed in a new workers’ compensation bill. The bill will change the way employers manage workers’ compensation and make it all the more important for them to review safety and...

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31 Dec 1969

Drugged Driving: What Are the Effects?

Drunk driving is a hot topic, but drugged driving is equally dangerous and just as illegal. When you choose to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence, you are putting yourself and every driver on the road at risk. Understanding...

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31 Dec 1969

FAQ- How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System?

We get this question often.  There is no exact answer.  It also depends on what you are talking about; urine testing, hair testing, oral fluid testing or blood testing.  It also depends on many other factors including: how much THC...

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31 Dec 1969

The ‘Drug Talk’: What You Need to Know

From the time they’re born until the time they move away, your child\'s health is your responsibility. And as a parent, you should be aware that there is no greater threat to their well being than drugs and alcohol. Even if they’re far...

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31 Dec 1969

Everything You Need to Know About Drug Testing

Drug testing is the evaluation of a urine, blood or other type of biological sample to determine if the subject has been using the drug or drugs in question. The majority of drug tests are for pre-employment, court ordered or probationary...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Industry Trainings

Visit our affiliated company Joe Reilly & Associates, Inc for all training for employers drug free workplace program. DOT Collector Training DOT regulations for the DOT drug and alcohol testing program require urine specimen collectors to be...

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31 Dec 1969

The Importance of Drug Testing in the Workplace

A place of business requires specific behavior and production. Anything that impairs one\'s ability to work should be kept out of the workplace, and that includes drugs and alcohol. Whether you realize it or not, statistics show that at least one...

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31 Dec 1969

FAQ- Is it Possible to Fail a Test Because of Second-Hand Smoke?

This is one of the most common excuses for a failed drug test. Over the years, scientists and researchers have done studies to try and see if there could be any truth to the claim. While it is highly unlikely, there are some scenarios where a...

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31 Dec 1969

An Inside Look at The NFL’s Drug Testing Policy

Everyone dreads seeing that breaking news ticker come across the screen revealing that another one of their favorite players has failed a drug test. Just like any business, the NFL has the right to drug test its employees as long as both parties...

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31 Dec 1969

These Things Might Cause a False Positive

The people who worry about drug tests are usually the ones who have a reason to. But with testing becoming more stingy, there are some substances that could produce a false positive. With the typical 5 panel test, there are less substances being...

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31 Dec 1969

Learn More About National Drug Screening

National Drug Screening provides expert drug screening services for employers all across the United States. We also provide court ordered, probation and personal drug testing often on the same day of your request. Our employees are specially...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Regulations: What Drivers Need To Know

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) requires the testing of all licensed commercial drivers. People who drive for a living need to be held to a higher standard than recreational drivers and the Department of Transportation...

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31 Dec 1969

The 5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs

At National Drug Screening, we have years of experience in the drug testing field and we’ve seen first hand just how damaging drugs can be. Substance abuse can lead to the loss of your family, job or worse-- your life. These drugs in...

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31 Dec 1969

The Facts About Hair Follicle Drug Testing

Hair follicle drug tests are becoming more popular because of their ability to go deeper into a person’s drug history. They are also more difficult to cheat and this has the legal industry and employers using them more frequently. There are...

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31 Dec 1969

What type of drug testing training is available?

At National Drug Screening (NDS), we are often asked what type of training is available for those companies conducting drug testing. NDS trainers Joe Reilly and Tom Fulmer provide DER training, collector training, and supervisor/reasonable...

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31 Dec 1969

How Real Is the Heroin Threat?

Since coming to the United States in the late 1960’s, heroin has exploded into one of the most popular illicit drugs on the market. It is potent, addictive and extremely dangerous for people of all ages. But recently, the drug has risen to...

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31 Dec 1969

Failing Tests Are On The Rise

After decades of decline, positive drug tests are back on the upswing according to new studies by Quest Diagnostics, one of the nation’s largest medical-screening laboratories. This was across all employee drug screening platforms, including...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Free Workplace – The Big Picture

National Drug Screening is committed to educating businesses and equipping them with tools to help them benefit from drug-free workplace programs.  This article will share some big picture trends in drug free workplace and some best practices...

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31 Dec 1969

What You Need To Know About Drug Overdoses

Drug overdoses, both intentional and unintentional, are happening more frequently than ever in the United States. 2014 brought the highest amount of overdose deaths ever recorded and it left parents, law enforcement officials and friends searching...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Do You Need a Medical Review Officer (MRO) for Drug Testing?

...No MRO Leads to EEOC Lawsuit....... Why Do You Need a Medical Review Officer (MRO) for Drug Testing? You need a medical review officer so you will not get sued and lose the lawsuit.  You need an MRO so you will not have ADA or EEOC...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: OSHA Injury and Illness Tracking Rule Update

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA has agreed to further delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its injury and illness tracking rule until Dec. 1, 2016. Several lawsuits have been filed challenging...

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31 Dec 1969

The Drug Screening Options We Offer

At National Drug Screening, we provide our customers with a number of different drug testing options to best suit their needs. In addition to the tests we offer, we also provide Drug-Free Workplace consultation to businesses in Florida and across...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Helps Prevent Drug Abuse

Young people are the future of this country and unfortunately, drugs have changed or taken too many of them from us. There are various treatment options out there, but sometimes the fear of discovery is what deters students and student athletes...

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31 Dec 1969

The Street Names for Common Drugs

We know a little bit about the nature of the drugs on our streets, but digging deeper is important if we are going to win the fight against drugs. Dealers and users refer to drugs in slang so that common people don’t understand their...

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31 Dec 1969

Save Money with a Drug Free Workplace

Many companies are saving money with drug free workplace programs.  Currently, 13 states have laws that provide a discount on workers compensation insurance to employers that implement a drug-free workplace program.  This is a great way...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Test Near Me

....Drug Test Near Me Do your need a drug test near where you live or work?  Do you need to order a drug test today?  Whether you are in Miami, Florida or Seattle, Washington; National Drug Screening can assist to get you a drug test...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Hair Testing & ETG Alcohol Testing

Video Blog - Hair Testing & ETG Alcohol Testing Hair Testing Recently our office has received many requests for hair follicle testing and ETG Alcohol Testing.  The short video talks about hair testing for employers and individuals and...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits

Drug Testing for Unemployment Benefits Once an employee is terminated due to a positive drug test, can they collect unemployment benefits? It depends on the written drug free workplace policy you have in place. It’s important to address in...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Terms and Definitions

Knowledge of DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing regulations requires an understanding of the terms and definitions. Adulterated specimen. A specimen that has been altered, as evidenced by test results showing either a substance that is not a normal...

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31 Dec 1969

A History of Drug Testing in the United States

Drugs have been around since this country was inhabited by the native americans hundreds of years ago. But it wasn’t until the 1960’s that drugs became a hot topic in the news and other media outlets. Rock and roll music, the Vietnam...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Deal with an Addict in Your Life

Did you know that more than 23 million people in the United States suffer from drug and alcohol addiction? This number can be misleading because it is far too small. Those 23 million people have families that love and care for them and they...

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31 Dec 1969

What You Need To Know About Date Rape Drugs

In an effort to sedate young men and women at parties, people will use ‘date rape’ drugs that impair judgement, memory and motor function. While you can’t control people’s intentions, you can help protect yourself through...

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31 Dec 1969

Florida Joins List of Medical Marijuana States

It is not time for employers to set up a smoking room for those employees that want to light up a joint.  Employers will not be required to accommodate smoking marijuana in the workplace. Medical marijuana is legal in Florida so now what? It...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Act - Puerto Rico

...PUERTO RICO LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW Drug Testing Act Applicable Law: Act No. 59 of August 8, 1997, 29 LPRA §161 et seq. Puerto Rico Law does not impose mandatory drug testing for employees; therefore private employers are not obligated...

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31 Dec 1969

FAA Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Audit

...What do You Need for your FAA AUDIT?   FAA Drug & Alcohol Testing Program Audit First off you will get a letter announcing the audit, please contact National Drug Screening at 866-843-4545 immediately once you receive the letter...

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31 Dec 1969

What are the DOT’s Direct Observation Procedures?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires all employees to be drug tested for pre-employment, post-accident and in some cases, at random. If an employee has tampered with a previous sample or the collection site has reasonable suspicion of...

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31 Dec 1969

How Long Do Drugs Stay in Your Body?

Despite what some might think, not all drugs stay in your system for the same period of time. There are a number of different factors that contribute to their presence in your body. Those factors include: Are you a habitual (frequent) user...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana: Medicinal Use and the Workplace

As of the election on November 8, 2016 more states have passed medical marijuana laws and recreational marijuana laws. What is marijuana and what is contained in the marijuana plant?  The Cannabis aativa plant contains several different...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Use on the Rise

The legalization of marijuana is a subject that has been left up to state legislators over the past 15 years. As we see more and more take the path to legalization, we see the stigma surrounding marijuana continue to change. Could it be that this...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Protocol For Positive Test Results

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has a strict set of drug screening rules and guidelines that employers and employees must follow to continue safety-sensitive functions. In the event of a positive test, there is a protocol in place...

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31 Dec 1969

That’s Not My Specimen You Tested

…This question comes up often.  A donor tests positive and claims that’s not my specimen you tested.  Please test the specimen for my DNA, that will tell you it is not my drug test. DNA Testing The use of a DNA...

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31 Dec 1969

State Spotlight: Florida Laws on Workplace Drug Testing

The federal government requires drug screening in certain safety-sensitive industries like the Department of Transportation and Department of Defense. But if you live in Florida and are looking for a job outside of these industries, you’ll...

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31 Dec 1969

Early Uses for Heroin

In 2016, more than 10,000 people lost their lives to heroin overdoses in the United States. This number was much larger globally and many experts have likened the drug to a modern day epidemic. While we fight this drug in the present, let’s...

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31 Dec 1969

Latest Statistics on Drug Use in the United States

...Results from the 2014 SAMHSA National Survey on Drug Use and Health Latest Statistics on Drug Use in the United States The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an operating division within the U.S. Department of...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Instant Drug Testing and the Nexscreen System

Thank you for taking a minute to watch this short video. I want to talk to about a unique product that we have here at National Drug Screening. Hi, this is Joe Reilly with National Drug Screening. We have instant drug testing that you can perform...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: DEA Temporarily Bans Sythetic Opioid U-47700

DEA received reports of at least 46 confirmed fatalities associated with U-47700 31 of those fatalities occurred in New York and 10 in North Carolina. From October 2015 to September 2016, DEA received 88 reports from State and local forensic...

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31 Dec 1969

Learn More About the Chain of Custody

The ‘Chain of Custody’ form is more commonly known as its acronym CCF or CoC, and it refers to the paper trail that is required to maintain the integrity of a drug test. From the time a subject produces a sample until the results are...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 1

>>>  Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database >>>  At long last, there has been some movement on the long awaited National Database for CDL Holders and motor carriers.  Some questions or concerns are: What is it...

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31 Dec 1969

Trump and the Drug Debate

On November 7th, Donald Trump shocked the world when he was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. His policies have been scrutinized and debated, but what’s important now is understanding what he wants to do for the...

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31 Dec 1969

The Effects of Alcohol on the Human Body

Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly abused drug in the world? So abused in fact, that in 2014, it killed nearly 90,000 people and of those 90,000, about 10% were automobile related accidents. We tend to think of alcohol differently than...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 2

>>>Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database… Implications Section From 382.701 This new and Final Rule is effective January 4, 2017 with a compliant date of January 6, 2020. Even though that date seems to be far off, it will take...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Laws Around the World

We are all well aware of the cultural changes our society is experiencing as it pertains to drugs. Legalization is in question and our leaders have looked at other policies around the world and tried to adjust accordingly. Nobody knows what the...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Drug Test, eCCF – No Paper

>>>Are you ready for papersless DOT drug testing >>> In partnership with Quest Diagnostics, National Drug Screening is excited to announce we are now paperless for DOT drug screens at over 1500 Quest Diagnostics PSC and Quest...

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31 Dec 1969

Operating a Blended Workplace: DOT vs. non-DOT

>>> Our good friend Dee Mason, founder and CEO of Working Partners®, recently wrote an article which was publlished in the DATIA focus magazine (Fall 2017) edition.  The article entitled Operating a Blended Workplace: DOT vs...

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31 Dec 1969

State Spotlight: Colorado’s Drug Laws

Colorado is the 38th state, and up until a few years ago, it was just another beautiful part of the Midwest. Medical marijuana was legal in Colorado for many years before the vote on recreational use.  In in 2012, Colorado state...

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31 Dec 1969

Is Medical Marijuana Off Limits For Recovering Addicts?

Since California approved the use of medical marijuana in 1996, the country has taken sides on the issue. In the years since, 28 different states have legalized cannabis for medical use and more are sure to be on the way. Doctors seem to feel that...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Drug Screening FAQ’s For Employees

When there’s a problem that threatens people’s lives, solutions need to be developed rapidly. That is exactly what happened when the government started to realize that more and more accidents were being caused by impaired commercial...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug-Free Applicants Are Becoming Harder To Find

As an employer, you are well aware that finding the perfect job applicant is a difficult task. One potential employee might have all the tools, but there is one big problem… he/she can’t pass a drug test! This is a recurring problem...

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31 Dec 1969

Fun Facts About the Department of Transportation

If you are familiar with our past blogs, you know all about the Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing regulations. They are strict, and for good reason. The purpose of drug screening is to make the roads safer for commercial and leisure...

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31 Dec 1969

Employers and Dilute Drug Test Results

Often employers are frustrated and confused when receiving drug test results that report out as: negative dilute.  What is a negative dilute drug test result and how can it be avoided? So first let’s talk about what causes a negative...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 3

If you are curious about the proposed FMCSA database/clearinghouse; stay tuned to these articles. As a reminder, this new and Final Rule is effective January 4, 2017 with a compliant date of January 6, 2020. Even though that date seems to be far...

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31 Dec 1969

5 Most Restrictive States for Drug Testing

>>> Five of the Most Restrictive States for Drug Testing By Andrew Current of the Current Consulting Group, LLC  Blind Compliance?  I was once in a discussion with coworkers about blind obedience when someone suggested that...

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31 Dec 1969

State Spotlight: New York’s Drug Laws

In the Big Apple, business is in the name of the game and maintaining a drug-free workplace is essential. Studies show that employees who struggle with drug related issues are also more likely to be absent, tardy or less efficient at work. That is...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 4

>> Are you curious about the proposed FMCSA database and sections 382.705  As a reminder, this Final Rule is effective January 4, 2017 with a compliant date of January 6,2020. Even though that date seems to be far off, it will take...

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31 Dec 1969

Our Roads Just Got Safer

With the efforts of drug screening and automobile safety legislation, the roads of the 21st century are as safe as they have ever been-- until recently. Unfortunately, due to distracted driving, the statistics on fatal car crashes have begun to...

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31 Dec 1969

Overdose Deaths Are Becoming Too Common

This PROBLEM has gotten to be so big and it has spread so wide, that experts are starting to refer to it as an EPIDEMIC. Drug abuse does not discriminate. It can kill men, women, blacks, whites, teens, adults and anyone who chooses to welcome...

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31 Dec 1969

Petition to DOT-FMCSA to Allow Hair Testing

>>>  In the Federal Register dated January 19, 2017, Federal Motor Carriers Administration (FMCSA) an application was received from five motor carriers requesting hair testing for pre-employment purposes. The announcement is...

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31 Dec 1969

What You Need To Know About Detection Windows

When we say the words ‘drug detection window,’ we are talking about the amount of time it takes before a drug can no longer be detected in your system. There are a number of different factors that can impact the detection window...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Drug Testing is Becoming More Popular

Hair drug testing is becoming more popular for employers everywhere due to it’s unique ability to extend the drug detection window. This window gives you the option to eliminate certain applicants and current employees who might have gotten...

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31 Dec 1969

Expanded Opiates for DOT

>>> Will DOT allow expanced opiates testing? >>> Revised Mandatory Guidelines and Department of Transportation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) In the Federal Register dated January 20, 2017 the Department of Health and...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Proposed Rule Part II

>>> Proposed Rule will effect expanded opiate testing for DOT and MORE >>> Revised Mandatory Guidelines and Department of Transportation Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) >>>  This article is a follow &ndash...

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31 Dec 1969

National Drug Screening Industry Training Options

“We are so grateful for the wisdom and expertise that Joe Reilly and his team at National Drug Screening regularly share with us. As our growing business has needs and questions, we always receive prompt and knowledgeable support for every...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing, Football and The Big Game

With the 51st edition of the Super Bowl scheduled for this Sunday, we thought it would be fun to look deeper at the big game. We provide you a list of all the past hosts and we also look at the NFL’s Drug Testing Policy and its regulations...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Thinking About Dropping Marijuana from Your Drug Testing Program?

Since a few states have legalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, you\'re now thinking about dropping marijuana from your drug testing program at your company or even dropping drug testing altogether? Here are some things you might want...

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31 Dec 1969

Do Poppy Seeds Really Produce Positive Tests?

One of the most common defenses used by employees and individuals is the poppy seed defense. People have been told that poppy seeds contain opiates, and drug users feel they can use this an excuse to explain a positive test. While there is some...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Still Having to Deal with 5 Part Paper Chain of Custody?

Many companies are still stuck using Paper Chain of Custody Forms and Manual Processes to send or receive results. In the past, that was the only option but that is no longer the case. Electronic Chain of Custody, electronic/paperless scheduling...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 5

>>>> Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database and Section 382.707 >>> As a reminder, this Final Rule was effective January 4, 2017 and with a compliant date of January 6,2020. Even though that date seems to be far off, it is...

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31 Dec 1969

New Immigration Policy Will Impact Drug Trafficking

Throughout President Trump’s campaign and now during the early stages of his presidency, he continues to emphasize the importance of border security. His concerns stem from decades of illegal immigration into this country and the negative...

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31 Dec 1969

Consortium DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Owner Operator

We have a special program for owner operators to comply with DOT regulations for drug and alcohol testing.  Two main requirements when you get started as an owner operator: Pre-employment test Enrollment into a Consortium DOT Drug &...

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31 Dec 1969

What You Need to Know About Roadside Sobriety Tests

Anyone who has been pulled over for drunk driving knows that it can be a stressful experience. An officer might pull someone over for a violation assuming they are intoxicated and wind up being wrong, but it is better safe than sorry. If you feel...

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31 Dec 1969

Summary FMCSA Clearinghouse

>>> The long awaited FMCSA Clearinghouse is now becoming a reality.  Employers will be able to check the database to see if a driver has had a previous positive or refusal test.  Information on completion of the return to duty...

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31 Dec 1969

Avoiding Negative Dilute Drug Test Results

If you go for a drug test and your result comes back as negative dilute, you employer may ask you to for another drug test.  This will certainly be inconvenient for you. You can learn here how to avoid a negative dilute drug test. Basically...

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31 Dec 1969

Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance

>>> ODAPC or the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance >>> Below is great information recently published by the DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC). This office develops and implements...

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31 Dec 1969

The Impact of Drug Abuse and Addiction

The use of illicit drugs has been in a hot topic in the news of late and overdose prevention strategies are being discussed everyday. Some people believe stricter legislation will solve the issue, and others vow for a more laid back approach...

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31 Dec 1969

Enabling VS Helping a Drug Addict

Drug addiction is a major problem in this country and it impacts far more than the addicts. Family members and friends are put in a difficult position as well because they might not know how to get back the person they once loved. But we want to...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 6

>>>Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database and Sections 382.713 - >>> More on the FMCSA Clearinghouse Database Part 6 More on the FMCSA Clearinghouse Database Part 6 Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database and Sections...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 7

>>> Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database and Sections 382.719 – 382.727 PART 7 Final Article >>>FMCSA Clearinghouse - Database Part 7 Curious About the Proposed FMCSA Database and Sections 382.719 – 382.727 PART...

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31 Dec 1969

State Spotlight: Texas Drug Screening Laws

Everything\'s bigger in Texas, and that includes drug testing. The Lone Star state is home to thousands of drug testing centers and businesses that operate in the state can drug test at their discretion. If you are interested in learning more...

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31 Dec 1969

Customer Expresses Appreciation for NDS Team Member Christina Chesbro

Providing excellent customer support and creating an exceptional customer experience is something that our team at National Drug Screening works hard to accomplish. All of the NDS support team members take pride in assisting our customers and...

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31 Dec 1969

Who Needs DOT Compliant Services?

If you’re a DOT regulated employer, there is a lot on your plate. You have to make sure whatever you transport is safe and on time and you need to keep your staff in line to improve efficiency. That is enough for any person, but when you...

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31 Dec 1969

Get Into the Madness With National Drug Screening

Are you ready for the Madness that is the NCAA Tournament? Dick Vitale and the rest of the gang are starting their preparation, and so is Joe Reilly and the team at National Drug Screening! For the entire month of March we will be offering...

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31 Dec 1969

5 Key Components of a Drug-Free Workplace

Drugs and an efficient workplace are like oil and water-- they simply don’t mix! Some businesses have a loose policy on the matter and unfortunately, it’s human nature to take advantage of that type of leniency. If you really...

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31 Dec 1969

The Pros and Cons of Dropping Marijuana Testing

>>> By Andrew Current of the Current Consulting Group, LLC>>> The Pros and Cons of Dropping Marijuana Testing>>>You might be thinking about dropping marijuana from your drug testing program? >>>There\'s no...

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31 Dec 1969

The Unguarded Story of Chris Herren

With basketball in the news more this month, we thought this would be the perfect time to talk about the tragic story of a once promising basketball star. Chris Herren, of Fall River, Massachusetts, was supposed to bring Boston College to...

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31 Dec 1969

Heroin-Related Overdose Deaths Increasing

Drug OD update - Heroin Overdoses on the Rise... A recently released study showed that from 2010 to 2015 the number of heroin overdoses more than quadrupled.   The rise is linked to the lower cost of heroin cost and the increase in...

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31 Dec 1969

Promising Athletic Careers Ruined by Drugs

Drug and alcohol addiction knows no borders. It can affect the lives of adults, children, men, women and even the untouchables of society. The strength of substance abuse is perhaps the most telling when it happens to an athlete or celebrity...

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31 Dec 1969

Become an HR Super Hero

The Space Coast HR Conference is a great opportunity HR professionals to come together, learn, and network. The conference is host by the South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management (SBSHRM) and the Space Coast Human Resource Association...

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31 Dec 1969

How Dangerous is Alcohol in the Workplace?

Alcohol is the most abused drug in the world. Nearly 14 million adults in the United States suffer from alcoholism, and of those 14 million, very few seek out the help they need. With alcohol being legal, it can be difficult to form a workplace...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Beyond the 5 Panel Drug Test

In 30 minutes or less, learn from industry expert Joe Reilly about drug testing panels currently available and being sold that are beyond the traditional five panel drug test.  This will include panels for urine testing, hair testing, oral...

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31 Dec 1969

Joe Reilly to Present Drug and Alcohol Employee Testing Webinar

The Clear Law Institute is featuring a webinar presentation By Joe Reilly, Founder of National Drug Screening. On Thursday, May 25th at 3pm EST, Mr Reilly will be presenting the webinar, \"Drug and Alcohol Testing of Employees.\" Drug and alcohol...

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31 Dec 1969

NDS Receives 2017 Best Customer Service Leadership Training Program

National Drug Screening (NDS) recently earned the \"2017 Best Customer Service Leadership Training Program\" by the HR.com Lead Awards. Taking top honors, National Drug Screening finished #1 in the Category of Best Customer Service Leadership...

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31 Dec 1969

Elaine Chao: The New Department of Transportation Secretary

The U.S Department of Transportation has a new face to lead it, Elaine Chao, the 18th U.S Secretary of Transportation. Chao is a familiar face in Washington, as she served on President Bush’s staff for eight years and she has done work with...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Expanded Drug Testing for Military Applicants

According to the Defense Department\'s director of drug testing and program policy, all applicants for military service will undergo drug testing that includes the same 26-drug panel that is currently being used for active members of the...

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31 Dec 1969

Airline Drug Use Becoming a Problem?

Air transportation has become one of the most popular as well as quite possibly the safest mode of transportation in the last few decades but increasing drug use among airline workers in safety sensitive positions is a major problem. Airline...

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31 Dec 1969

Fentanyl: Another Drug of Abuse That May Lead to Death

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid similar to morphine, however, it is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug that is typically used to treat severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It may also be used to...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: What is a TPA and How Can They Help My Business?

Our video blogs do a great job of outlining our services for people who might not be as familiar with the drug testing industry. If you want a policy for your business, but don’t know how to start one, our Youtube channel is a great place to...

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31 Dec 1969

FAQ’s Related to FMCSA Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing is often criticized, but it is an extremely effective way to keep employees clean on the job. If an employee doesn’t know if or when they’ll be tested, it can deter them from ever starting drugs in the first place...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Drug Testing: Should hair replace urine tests

In recent months, members of the American Trucking Association have increased the push to replace urine drug tests with hair tests. This push is being led by the president and CEO of the American Trucking Association, Chris Spear. The Health and...

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31 Dec 1969

The Current State of Substance Abuse

Drug use, including the use of alcohol, is one of the main killers of young people around the globe. Unfortunately, the United States is at the center of the battle and we lose people at a higher rate than almost any country in the world. Is it...

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31 Dec 1969

What Motivates the National Drug Screening Team?

It’s Motivation Monday and our team is feeling great about the upcoming work week! The Monday morning blues are gone and it’s time to provide our clients with the type of high quality service that they have grown accustomed to. Our...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog : Announcing eCCF - NO More Paper Drug Testing Forms!

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses eCCF - electronic custody and control forms for both DOT and nonDOT testing plus how it\'s changed the face of the drug testing industry. eCCF means, no more paper forms for drug...

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31 Dec 1969

VIDEO BLOG: Hair and Hair ETG Testing

Hair Panel Tests and Hair EtG Testing is becoming more popular in the United States for employers and individuals. From the early days of testing until now, technology has evolved quite a bit, and while tests are more accurate today, the people...

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31 Dec 1969

What does the Schedule of a Drug Mean?

Drug Schedules Drugs, substances, and certain chemicals used to make drugs are classified into five (5) distinct categories or schedules depending upon the drug’s acceptable medical use and the drug’s abuse or dependency potential...

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31 Dec 1969

State Spotlight: Indiana Drug Testing Laws

There is a lot more to the Hoosier state than basketball titles and a famous speedway. This state is home to millions of good, hard working Americans who want what is best for themselves and their families. With that in mind, lawmakers took it...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Do I Need an Individual Drug Test?

When people think of drug testing, the first thing that likely comes to mind is employment drug testing. While this is certainly the most common, an individual might need drug testing for a number of different reasons. As the workplace and...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Testing for DOT

Written by Robert C. Schoening, HMC, USN (Ret.) >>> Hair Testing:  Will Testing Using Hair Replace Urine Based Drug Testing or Not? >>> FMCSA published a notice on January 19, 2017 requesting that the Department of...

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31 Dec 1969

Tips to Help Manage Your Random Drug Testing Plan

Random Drug Testing is a highly debated topic, but keeping it random will help keep you safe from violations. You are NOT permitted to target specific employees without reasonable suspicion and managing a random drug testing pool is very...

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31 Dec 1969

Learn How Drug Testing Can Impact Custody Cases

Child custody cases are often messy and difficult for all parties involved. The main concern is of course the safety of the child, and the court is always going to rule in their favor. If they feel you are the better guardian, they’ll grant...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing in Legal Marijuana States

There are now eight states that have legalized recreational marijuana and nearly twenty others that have legalized it for medical use. With a higher volume of users surfacing, employers are left with some tough decisions to make-- especially when...

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31 Dec 1969

Post Accident Drug Test - Rebuttable Presumption

>>> Rebuttable Presumption of Intoxication – A Quick Guide to Avoiding Pitfalls and Saving on Your Bottom line ... By Andrew Current of the Current Consulting Group, LLC >>> Introduction >>> Workers\...

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31 Dec 1969

Michigan Drug Testing Report

Michigan Drug Testing Report Workers Comp Michigan does not have a state drug testing law. So unfortunately there is no workers comp discount required by any State law for a drug free workplace program.  But always ask your workers comp...

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31 Dec 1969

The Most Hilarious Failed Drug Test Excuses

The National Drug Screening blog is a great resource for employers and employees to learn more about the drug testing landscape in their particular industry. While 99.9% of our content is serious and informative, we decided to take this...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Industry Conference

The largest gathering of drug testing industry professionals will occur this month of May 2017 in Orlando, Florida.  The conference hosted by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) is the singular place where hundreds of...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana and Opioid Crisis Has Employers on Edge

The 1960’s and 1970’s were certainly a drug infested time in this country, but the perception of drug users was much different than it is today. People today have become much more tolerant of drugs like marijuana because our government...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: 10 Must Haves For A Solid Drug Free Workplace Policy

Today more than ever, having a WRITTEN drug free workplace policy is absolutely essential. If you don\'t have a written drug free workplace policy and conduct drug testing, then you are opening your company up to liability. We often get employers...

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31 Dec 1969

State Spotlight: North Carolina Drug Testing

North Carolina is the home state of famous NASCAR drivers’ Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, but don’t let that make you go too fast on your drug testing policy. Making sure you outline all of your policies is important in every state...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Addiction is Not Only a Young Person Problem

Drug addiction does not discriminate. It affects people who are black, white, asian, old, young, tall, short and everywhere in between. As the opioid epidemic continues to impact families all across the nation, we wanted to take a look at how it...

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31 Dec 1969

Op-Ed - Is drug interdiction the only answer

As has been predicted, the levels of driving while using drugs has surpassed the driving while intoxicated because of alcohol. This country has tried many different levels of approach to this problem. The primary approach has been interdiction of...

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31 Dec 1969

VIDEO BLOG: Rapid Drug Testing for Immediate Results

Here is yet another blog about our video series which does a great job answering some of the questions you might have about our industry. This video looks at Rapid Drug Testing and the many benefits that come along with it. Not only is it a quick...

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31 Dec 1969

Things to Consider in Your Workplace Drug Testing Policy

In 1988, the Drug-Free Workplace Act was passed for all businesses working with the Federal Government or federal contracts. Since then, a Drug-Free Workplace has become a popular idea for employers in many different industries and thousands of...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Hair Follicle Drug and Alcohol Testing Options (and Differences)

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses Hair Follicle Drug Testing.In this video, you\'ll discover: Why it\'s just \"hair testing\" not follicle testing Why it\'s becoming so popular  What panels are available...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Regulated Employers Trust National Drug Screening

National Drug Screening is not just your ordinary drug testing service. We are trusted by industry professionals and we work with several government agencies, including the Department of Transportation. Here are some examples of the different...

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31 Dec 1969

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) now Testing Maintenance of Way Workers (MOW)

In response to Congress\' mandate in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), FRA has expanded the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover MOW employees. This rule also codifies guidance from FRA compliance manuals, responds to...

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31 Dec 1969

Split Specimen Requests

>>>Issues with Split Specimen Tests and Outcomes. by Robert C. Schoening >>>  Over the years there has been misinterpretations by Medical Review Officers (MRO) and Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) combined with...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Panels and SAMHSA Requirements

>>> By Andrew Current >>> Which Drugs to Test for? There are approximately 130 controlled substances included as Schedule I in the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970.  That’s over a hundred drugs in just one...

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31 Dec 1969

State Laws on Drug Testing - Minnesota

Minnesota has a mandatory workplace drug testing law.  This applies only to those employees assigned to work at any Minnesota site. In addition to these rules all employees must comply with the Company’s general substance abuse...

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31 Dec 1969

State Laws on Drug Testing Oklahoma

Oklahoma is a mandatory state, meaning there are rules applicable to private, nonregulated employers who choose to test that must be followed.  This applies only to those employees assigned to work at any Oklahoma site. In addition to these...

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31 Dec 1969

FRA – MOW – Roadway Workers Compliance

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is broadening the scope of its existing drug and alcohol testing regulation to cover MOW employees. Contractors with MOW employees have been receiving letters from Railroads requiring compliance.  A...

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31 Dec 1969

Americans with Disabilities Act and Current Drug Use

by Robert C. Schoening A topic that should be high on the discussion list but is not, is the term “current use” and what does it mean or imply.  This article will examine current use versus non-current use for the purposes...

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31 Dec 1969

Update on New FRA MOW Drug Testing Rule

>>> Update on New FRA MOW Rule, Part 219 -  06/14/2017 >>> “How do I comply with FRA’s final rule on Coverage of Maintenance of Way (MOW) Employees (rule) in FRA’s drug and alcohol regulations in 49 CFR...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Drug Test Case to Watch

>>> When a Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled in favor of the individual who was refused employment after disclosing her she had a medical marijuana card, all ears started listening.  This is the first case of medical or...

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31 Dec 1969

New Rules for Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Law

On June 9, 2017, during a special session, the Florida Legislature just passed regulations regarding the Florida Medical Marijuana amendment that was passed by voters in 2016 and it is on its way to the Governor for signature. Governor Rick...

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31 Dec 1969

California PUC Drivers & Drug Testing

Many drivers in California are required to have drug testing prior to the issuance of their permit or certificate.  The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) goes beyond the Federal DOT FMCSA regulations for drug testing of...

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31 Dec 1969

FRA Drug Testing Requirements for Contractors

>>>The expansion of DOT FRA Part 219 to include contractors, suppliers and vendors is a significant change and it increases the requirements for contractors to be compliant to work in the railroad industry; specifically with regard to...

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31 Dec 1969

Can A Good Medical Review Officer Save You $1.8 Million or more?

On Wednesday June 21, 2017, a public utility district (PUD) in the state of Washington aka Snohomish Dist. 1 was directed to pay a former employee the sum of $1,815,953.78 for violating the Washington Law Against Discrimination when it fired her...

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31 Dec 1969

Instant Drug Testing or POCT

>>>The Ins and Outs of Instant Testing | By Andrew Current > Introduction  > It goes by many names: instant testing, point of collection testing, rapid results testing, on-site testing, etc. Instant testing is growing in...

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31 Dec 1969

Can A Drug Test Help Defend Against an ADA Claim?

Recently, a federal court in Nevada dismissed a case involving a former Harrah\'s casino employee’s American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) claims. The employee, Scott, had been treated for substance abuse in the past...

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31 Dec 1969

HHS makes $195 Million Available to Battle the Growing Opioid Abuse Crisis

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced the availability of $195 million funding opportunity available to community health centers. This would be used to expand access to mental health and substance abuse services with...

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31 Dec 1969

“But I have a Marijuana Prescription”

>>> National Drug Screening is pleased to present a series of articles about marijuana in the workplace and to clear up many questions regarding medical and recreational marijuana.  These articles are authored by Jo McGuire who is a...

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31 Dec 1969

Can you Smoke Medical Marijuana in Florida – the Answer is NO.

> Can you Smoke Medical Marijuana in Florida – the Answer is NO. In November of 2017, Florida voters passed the medical marijuana law with 71 percent voter approval.  So now with our doctors’ approval, we can smoke marijuana...

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31 Dec 1969

Lawsuit Filed to Allow Smoked Marijuana in Florida

While you currently cannot smoke marijuana in Florida (see Can you Smoke Medical Marijuana in Florida – the Answer is NO.),Trial lawyer John Morgan is challenging Florida\'s ban on smoking marijuana by filing a lawsuit challenging the...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: National Safety Council Reports 11 States Receive an F in Protecting Citizens

A new study by the National Safety Council states that Oklahoma is one of the worst states in the nation at protecting its\' citizens. The National Safety Council recently released its \"State of Safety\" report which rates how all 50 states, and...

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31 Dec 1969

What Are Your Turnaround Times For Drug Testing?

Always a burning question, how fast can I get my drug test results?  The information below will help you understand.  Turnaround time is always based from the time the laboratory receives the specimen which is typically the next business...

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31 Dec 1969

OSHA Rule on Post Accident Drug Testing Halted by Federal Judge

Federal Judge David Russell, District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, on Tuesday July 11 helped the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) drive a stake through the heart of OSHA’s much maligned injury and illness...

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31 Dec 1969

Massachusetts Supreme Court Takes Bite out of Employer Blanket Marijuana Prohibition

Cristina Barbuto, was hired into an entry level position by Advantage Sales and Marketing in the late summer of 2014. Advantage Sales and Marketing, LLC (ASM) claims to be one of North America\'s leading sales and marketing agencies specializing...

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31 Dec 1969

National Drug Screening Launches Authoritative Search

New search functionality has been added to the National Drug Screening (NDS) web site which provides authoritative and accurate information on all things drug testing. When searching for information on the NDS website, visitors can feel confident...

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31 Dec 1969

No Workers Due to Drug Use

CNN reported this weekend that employers struggle to fill positions because so many candidates fail drug tests. We congratulate Regina Mitchell, a co-owner of Warren Fabricating & Machining in Hubbard, Ohio who told the New York Times this...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: What is the Right Drug Test For Your Company?

As an employer, it is sometimes very confusing choosing what drug test panel is best for your drug free workplace program. Is it a 5 panel or 10 panel test? how about marijuana or expanded opiates...maybe you are thinking \"what are expanded...

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31 Dec 1969

Should I Drop Testing for Marijuana

>>> Many employers that currently have drug testing programs may be asking the question – should I stop drug testing for marijuana.  There are several other questions that need to be answered first. Is my company required to...

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31 Dec 1969

Specimen Validity Testing

The federal urine drug-testing regulations contain provisions for MROs to review and evaluate drug test results where the test result is reported by the laboratory as adulterated, substituted or invalid. The MRO conducts an interview with the...

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31 Dec 1969

Calling in your Color

What does color or colors have to do with drug testing.  In many cases you might be on probation and your terms of probation require drug testing when your color comes up. So you call in for your color. When you call in for your color and...

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31 Dec 1969

Oral Fluid Drug Testing and Potential Cost Savings

Are you considering oral fluid drug testing for your company? Be prepared! Know what it takes to have your supervisors, HR staff or medical staff perform the oral fluid specimen collections on-site.  Introduction  According to a recent...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Excuses Part I

“But I Only Used One Time, Thirty Days Ago” Part I When employers feel pressured to loosen-up their drug and alcohol policies to provide more room for the use of marijuana, one popular argument is that presence-in-system testing...

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31 Dec 1969

What Do Employers Do About Marijuana Testing

Quite the questions these days - what should employers do about marijuana testing? Before answering that question, several other questions have to be discussed.  What State or States do you have employees in and do those States have medical...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Excuses Part 2

“But I Only Used One Time, Thirty Days Ago”  When an employer hears the excuse, “I only used marijuana once thirty days ago” as a reason for failing a THC drug screen, it is a moment of opportunity to learn who your...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Excuses Part 3 of 3

Marijuana Excuses Part 1 -  “But I Only Used One Time, Thirty Days Ago”  Marijuana Excuses Part 2 - “But I Only Used One Time, Thirty Days Ago”  Marijuana Excuses Part 3 - “But I’m not...

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31 Dec 1969

FAA Drug & Alcohol Testing

 ... Important employee information for the FAA Drug & Alcohol Testing Program:  Performing a safety-sensitive function:  an employee is considered to be performing a safety-sensitive function during any period in which he or...

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31 Dec 1969

FAA DER for Drug Alcohol Program

FAA regulated employers have a huge responsibility with the FAA required aviation industry drug and alcohol testing program.  There are many tools that the Designated Employer Representative, the DER; can take advantage of to assist with the...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Slang Decoded: Bath Salts

“Bath salts” is the name given to synthetic cathinones, a class of drugs that have one or more man-made chemicals related to cathinone. Cathinone is a stimulant found naturally in the khat plant, grown in East Africa and southern...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug-free Workplace Policies: What Separates the Good from the Bad?

... What to know about a drug free workplace policy ... By Andrew Currenthttp://www.currentcompliance.org/ Despite the belief that employer rights to a drug-free workplace would be protected in states where marijuana is legal, we continue to see...

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31 Dec 1969

Upcoming Webinar: Drug and Alcohol Testing of Employees Oct. 20, 2017

Clear Law Institute provides more than 75 live webinars per month and more than 1,000 previously recorded on-demand webinars. Clear Law carefully selects presenters who are both experts and engaging speakers. For those employers currently...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Slang Decoded: OxyContin

OxyContin (oxycodone) is an opioid pain medication. Oxycodone is a morphine-like, strong pain-relief medicine used for the relief of severe pain that is unresponsive to less potent pain-relief medicines (analgesics). An opioid is sometimes called...

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31 Dec 1969

A Comparison of Urine, Hair, and Oral Fluid Drug Testing Methods

Guest Blog - David Bell, CEO of USA Mobile Drug Testing Drug testing is a common component in the workplace as part of the hiring and promotion process, as well as part of at-work accident investigations.  An important part of drug testing...

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31 Dec 1969

Expanded Opiates Testing and New CCF Form - Not for DOT

>>>  There has been some confusion concerning the implementation of the expanded Opiate Panel testing on October 1, 2017. The expanded opiate panel will be implemented only for Federal Agencies that perform Federal drug testing in...

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31 Dec 1969

September Contest Winners Announced - Collector Crossword Challenge

We are pleased to announce the winners of the September National Drug Screening Collector Crossword Challenge. Throughout the year National Drug Sreening holds fun contests for you to test you drug and alcohol testing industry knowledge. Make sure...

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31 Dec 1969

2017: Drugs in the Millennial World

2017: Drugs in the Millennial World By Katherine Miller, Current Consulting Group, LLC,  2017 has been a busy year in the world of drug testing.  As of July, twenty-nine drug testing laws, forty medical marijuana laws, eighteen...

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31 Dec 1969

PHMSA Drug & Alcohol Drug Testing Programs

US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requires drug and alcohol testing of employees of companies involved with the natural gas pipeline system in the United States and its hazardous liquid...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Employee Spotlight: Char Clark - Customer Support Team

Spotlight on Char Clark, one of our customer support superstars! Thanks for all you do at National Drug Screening for our clients and our team!

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31 Dec 1969

Video Employee Spotlight: Erika Hammer, Sales Support Team

This weeks spotlight is Erika Hammer, one of our top performers on our sales team at National Drug Screening. She does an amazing job supporting our clients and working with other team members to meet our goal of providing amazing service! Thanks...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Fingernail Drug Testing and Collection

While fingernail testing is not the most common drug test specimen, there are some instances when it is the best choice. Fingernail and toenail specimens, unlike urine or oral fluid samples, yield information about drug exposure time frames...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Employee Spotlight: Valerie Carlson

Congratulations to Valerie Carlson of the employee spotlight. Valerie is a longtime member of our sales team at National Drug Screening. Her desire to help people and her attention to detail is something clients greatly value. Thanks for your...

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31 Dec 1969

Standing Firm: Marijuana Workplace Solutions in Light of CT Decision

This is a guest blog from Attorney Tommy Eden from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP  >>> Currently, 28 states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and 8 states (Nevada, Colorado...

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31 Dec 1969

The MRO and Safety Concerns

Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations direct the medical review officer (MRO) on dealing with a situation where a drug test is negative but the MRO gains knowledge of a prescribed medication.  This prescribed medicine may or may not...

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31 Dec 1969

Expanded Opiates for DOT Drug Testing

This is Part I of two articles to explain and analyze the Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule Published November 13, 2017.  This analysis is provided by Robert Schoening, the former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast...

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31 Dec 1969

Analysis of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule Published November 13, 2017 PART II

This is Part II of Robert Schoening’s analysis of the Final Rule about the changes to 49 CFR Part 40 to be effective be January 1, 2018.   Read Part I Additional changes other than the name change of “Opiates&rdquo...

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31 Dec 1969

New Rule - DOT Covered Employees

Thank you to attorney Tommy Eden of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP for providing this great information for DOT regulated employees.  Tommy can be reached at teden@constangy.com NOTICE TO DOT REGULATED EMPLOYEES OF NEW...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Final Rule for Employers

Thank you to attorney Tommy Eden of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP for providing this great information for DOT regulated employers.  Tommy can be reached at teden@constangy.com or visit his Blog. 2018 TO DO LIST FOR DOT...

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31 Dec 1969

Should I be Using the New DOT Custody and Control Form?

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently approved a revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF).  The revised CCF can be viewed at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/DownloadDocument?objectID=73335901 There have...

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31 Dec 1969

PHMSA Raises Random Testing Rate to 50% for 2018

Pipeline Hazardous Materials Services Administration (PHMSA) announced in the Federal Register dated December 8, 2017 that the random testing rate for drugs would increase from 25% to 50%.  The question remains why and how did this...

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31 Dec 1969

Suggested Policy Addendum for New DOT Drug Testing Rule

This following is not legal advice, it is provided for your information and is a sample addendum to update the DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy in accordance with the new DOT rule effective 01/01/2018. Company Name...

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31 Dec 1969

What is a 5 Panel DOT Like Drug Test?

When employee drug testing started back in the 1980’s; the 5 panel drug test was the standard test for both DOT drug testing and Non DOT drug testing.  This test included the following: Amphetamines (including Methamphetamine), Cocaine...

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31 Dec 1969

Reduce Workers’ Compensation Premium with a Drug-Free Workplace

Reduce Workers’ compensation Premium with a Drug-Free Workplace By Andrew Current and Katherine Miller With 50 states in the U.S. and no federally-mandated, nation-wide drug and alcohol testing program, laws vary drastically by state...

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31 Dec 1969

New DOT Rule Expanded Opiates Testing and Safety Concern

January 1, 2018 brought us a new final rule from DOT amending the overall regulation for DOT drug and alcohol testing – 49 CFR Part 40. We have presented several webinars for this new rule and will present again on Wednesday, January 24 at...

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31 Dec 1969

Court Ordered Hair Testing

Court Ordered Hair Testing Many of the phone calls we have received lately are for court ordered hair testing.  Hair drug testing is unique as it has a longer look back period about 30 days for each one half inch of hair up to 90 days. ...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Choosing A Drug Test

When it comes to drug testing your employees. It isn\'t as simple as sending a sample to the lab and saying, “Show me the drugs.” Drug testing doesn\'t work like that. It can only test for what you tell it to test for. That means you...

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31 Dec 1969

Update on OSHA Post-Accident Drug Testing

By Andrew Current and Katherine Miller February 2018 - Recent years have brought about myriad changes in the screening industry, both big and small. 2017 brought updated Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Pass a Drug Test - Urine Testing

There are many instances when people are required to take and pass a drug test. An employer might make passing a drug test a condition of employment or successfully passing a drug test could be the result of some legal action, like probation or...

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31 Dec 1969

Now Hiring: See all Open Positions and Apply Online

Join our Team Continuing to grow rapidly, National Drug Screening (NDS) in Melbourne, Florida has 3 new job openings.  There is plenty of room at NDS for advancement and opportunity.  We provide services all across the United States for...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Pass a Marijuana Drug Test

Drug testing is done in various situations, the most common of which relates to employment. Some employers require that a prospective employee complete a drug test as part of the application process, with the offer of a position contingent upon...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Pass a Cocaine Drug Test

Cocaine drug testing Cocaine is a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant.  Once used for valid medical purposes, it is now classified as an illegal drug.  It is one of a number of substances detectable in drug tests. Drug...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test

How do drugs and other substances enter hair? When a drug or other substance enters your body or is ingested, you begin to process or metabolize that drug. Of course, there are an array of ways you can ingest a substance including eating...

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31 Dec 1969

VIdeo Blog: Court-Ordered Hair Follicle Drug Testing Optoins

Many times individuals are required to take a court-ordered drug test, which are drug screenings used when there are legal requirements to remain alcohol-free or drug-free. The legal system and courts can required drug tests for a variety of...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - New DOT Rule on Expanded Opiates 4 Minutes

New DOT Rule on Expanded Opiates in 4 Minutes This is brief information regarding the new DOT drug testing rule effective 01/01//18.  There are multiple provisions of this new rule, we will discuss here the pertinent information that...

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31 Dec 1969

How long do drugs stay in your system?

How soon after someone takes drugs will a drug test reveal evidence of use? When an individual ingests a drug, the body begins to metabolize or process the drug, and the drug\'s effects are felt by the body. For the person ingesting the drug, the...

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31 Dec 1969

How Probation Drug Testing Works

Ok, you got in trouble with the law. Part of your sentence requires that you submit to random drug testing during your probation. You might be concerned because you don\'t know how probation drug testing works. What\'s your...

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31 Dec 1969

Top 10 Benefits of Workplace Drug Testing

Let\'s face the facts: a lot of American workers are misusing alcohol or illegal drugs. In 2016, an estimated 28.6 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users. 70% of these users have full-time or part-time...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Owner-Operator Consortium Program, An Overview

Starting out as a truck driver is a challenging task with all the regulations, licensing, insurance and of course the required drug & alcohol testing program.  As an owner-operator, you will be required to join a Department of...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video] National Drug Screening - A Great Corporate Culture

What makes a great corporate culture? We hear companies talk about \"corporate culture\" all the time, but have you ever stopped to think about what corporate culture means? To us, it means that our employees look forward to coming to work...

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31 Dec 1969

Top 10 Myths About Drug Tests

Drug tests can be a little intimidating if you\'ve never done them before. Even more so if you\'ve done some type of substance in the recent past. You\'ve probably researched all types of ways to beat this thing and developed some interesting...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog - An Overview of the Fentanyl Drug Test

What is Fentanyl? Much deadlier than heroin, fentanyl is becoming a popular drug abused by opiate addicts.  Medically, fentanyl is used to help relieve ongoing pain; a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic, it works in the brain to help change...

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31 Dec 1969

Does Drug Free Workplace Mean Drug Testing

The phrase \"drug-free workplace\" is rather common, and for good reason. Some of the requirements of maintaining a drug-free workplace include promoting your drug free status when you post a job opening as well as creating a drug free workplace...

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31 Dec 1969

Is the business day after “420 Day” really Random Drug Tests Day?

On April 20th, millions of people around the world celebrated an unofficial holiday, often known as \"Marijuana Day.\" While most don’t get a day off for this holiday, if you do ingest marijuana in participation and are subject to random...

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31 Dec 1969

Setting up a Drug-Free Workplace Policy 

Many of our calls from employers are to ask about how to set up a drug-free workplace policy. A workplace policy is part of an overall drug-free program needed for an employer to establish drug testing. There are five major components to any...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] US Coast Guard Drug Testing Regulations for Commercial Vessels

Vessels on our waterways used commercially are regulated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and require a licensed captain.  The captain and crew of these vessels are required by Coast Guard to have drug testing.  In...

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31 Dec 1969

What To Expect From A Court-Ordered Urine Test

There are a variety of reasons for court-ordered drug testing.  One of the most common is as a condition of probation for drug-related offenses. Testing may also be required in divorce or child custody cases, or where a child protective...

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31 Dec 1969

The Medical Review Officer (MRO) – An Overview

Drug testing by employers is fairly commonplace, but it is not without potential difficulties.  The drug testing process must be conducted with strict adherence to established protocols and best practices...

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31 Dec 1969

Annual Hospitality Suite at DATIA Conference

National Drug Screening, Accredited Drug Testing and i3screen, three leading companies in the drug and alcohol testing industry; are proud to present their annual Hospitality Suite at the annual DATIA conference - the Drug &...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] An Overview of the Cocaine Drug Test - Surprising Facts

In our latest video blog, Surprising Facts About Cocaine Drug Testing, we revewl some things about cocaine drug screening that you might not know. From cocaine\'s origins to instances of cocaine use in pop culture, Joe Reilly takes a...

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31 Dec 1969

Positive Tests for Cocaine, Meth, and Marijuana Up in US Workers

As it turns out, 2017 was an interesting year for workplace drug testing in the United States. A recent analysis by Quest Diagnostics finds that drug use by Americans, particularly those in the workforce, is at its highest level in more than ten...

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31 Dec 1969

Urine, Hair, and Oral Fluid Drug Testing: A Q&A Approach to Drug Testing Methods

By Andrew Current, The Current Consulting Group, LLC  This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Reader retains full responsibility for the use of the information contained herein.   The Current...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] An Overview of Marijuana Drug Testing (Urine, Hair, Saliva)

In our latest entry of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses marijuana drug testing facts. The use of marijuana is legal in many states in the USA. The use of marijuana could be for medical reasons or recreational purposes. Marijuana...

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31 Dec 1969

Why should we conduct school bus driver drug testing?

By Robert Schoening, Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard  There has been some discussion about school bus driver drug testing (as well as church bus driver drug screening) for drugs and alcohol with some...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Facts About Date Rape Drug Testing

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses Date Rape Drug Testing Date rape drugs are those that can incapacitate an individual making them more vulnerable and susceptible to various types of assault, including sexual...

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31 Dec 1969

Do Not Have Your DOT Drug Tests Results Delayed

The new DOT drug testing chain of custody forms (CCF) are required to be used as of June 30, 2018; use of the old form will cause significant delays in your drug testing results. How do I know if I have the old or the new DOT drug testing chain...

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31 Dec 1969

What Safe Injection Sites in NYC Mean to Employers Who Screen for Drug Use

In a groundbreaking move, Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City, announced that he is pushing forward a plan to create some \"safe injection sites\" in the city. These centers, which will be the first of their kind in the United States, will...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] DOT Drug Testing Consortiums - An Overview

  The Department of Transportation (DOT) is regulated and held to strict compliance for drug and alcohol testing. The Federal Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance advises on national drug and alcohol testing and control issues...

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31 Dec 1969

Low Unemployment but Higher Workplace Drug Use

June 3, 2017 - The jobless rate is now down to 3.8 percent - great news for anyone looking for a job in America.  The economy added roughly 223,000 net new jobs in May.  The economic recovery continues. USA Today reported on June 3...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Test Positivity Rate at Decade High

Guest Blog -  Andrew Current, The Current Consulting Group, LLC This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Reader retains full responsibility for the use of the information contained herein. With support for marijuana...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing Training

What is \"Reasonable Suspicion\" and how does it affect employers? Recently, while having lunch out at a nearby restaurant, we noticed that many of the other people who were also enjoying their meals were also consuming alcohol. The types of...

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31 Dec 1969

[Notice] New CCF Use Deadline Is June 30

Overview of Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form Changes    In late 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a rule adding four semi-synthetic opioids to the drug testing panel. These semi-synthetic opioids which...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] How To Pass A Drug Test Every Time

If you are concerned about your ability to pass a drug test, especially if it is for legal, court, or employment reasons, you can order a drug test from National Drug Screening and get tested today. This is more important than ever as in 2018...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] 2018 DATIA Conference Recap

This past May, National Drug Screening’s president, Joe Reilly along with Tom Fulmer and Julie Floriano attended the 2018 Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) Annual Conference. The conference was held in New Orleans, from...

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31 Dec 1969

Should Employers Test for Opioids and Prescription Painkillers?

The opioid epidemic is hot topic these days and is a serious issue due to the growing problem of individuals abusing prescription painkillers. Many employers are now adding drug testing or expanding their existing testing to include opioids and...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Same Day Drug Testing Made Easy

There\'s something that many people will agree upon; it\'s that we live in a world where things happen quickly. Because of technology, we live in an always-on, always-connected society. There\'s are many benefits to having information at our...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] National Drug Screening (NDS) Reseller Program Overview

Whether you\'ve been in the drug-testing industry for years or are just starting out as a Third Party Administrator, you need four core elements to have a successful business. It\'s essential to have a feature-rich drug-testing software package...

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31 Dec 1969

Crisis - Opiates in the Workplace

Recent surveys and statistics are alarming regarding substance abuse in the workplace.  Employees are using drugs at work including opiates, benzodiazepines, amphetamines, and others.  About 69% of illicit drug users in the United...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] PHMSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

Does your company have employees that are involved with the natural gas pipeline system or the hazardous liquid pipelines here in the United States?  If so, then the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requires you to...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] ETG Urine and Hair Alcohol Testing Overview

What is EtG? Ethyl glucuronide, commonly known as EtG, is a metabolite of alcohol. It can be detected in urine and hair samples, indicating that alcohol was consumed. Unlike a breathalyzer test, which detects and measures intoxication, the...

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31 Dec 1969

Ribbon Cutting Celebrates National Drug Screening, their New Office and Consistent Growth

It was standing-room-only with the packed crowd at National Drug Screening\'s new office ribbon cutting celebration. The party was held in the parking lot and throughout the offices of National Drug Screening at 129 W Hibiscus Blvd. in Melbourne...

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31 Dec 1969

Positive Drug Test: Second Chance or Termination

Guest Blog by Katherine Miller, Current Consulting Group, Inc, http://www.currentconsultinggroup.com/ Positive Drug Test: Second Chance or Termination This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Reader retains full...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] What Happens If You Fail A Drug Test (Employers and Employees)?

  In 2017, there were more failed workplace drug tests than ever before. This alarming trend appears to be continuing. Some of the contributing factors include access to cheap illegal drugs, the legalization of marijuana in some states, and...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Partner Spotlight

National Drug Screening (NDS) has partner customers throughout the United States.  Our unique Partner Program provides expert consultation and high quality robust back office services for efficient management and delivery of highly effective...

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31 Dec 1969

Top Selling Drug Tests at National Drug Screening

What Urine or Hair Drug Tests are Individuals Ordering from National Drug Screening On a daily basis at National Drug Screening we receive many phone calls from individuals needing a drug test.  Often they say “Where can I get a drug...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Post Accident Drug Test and OSHA 29 CFR 1904

OSHA Record Keeping and Reporting Rule In 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) started enforcing new rules and guidelines regarding post-accident drug and alcohol testing. The new rules, which include anti-retaliation...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Probation Drug Testing - Probation Alcohol Testing - An Overview

We get calls every day from people who need probation drug testing. Many times it\'s the individual\'s first time having to schedule such a test. In this video, we provide some important details on what you know before requesting a probation drug...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] Business Owners Must Make a Marijuana Decision

Of course you have heard of medical marijuana or recreational marijuana and attempts at the Federal level to make marijuana legal.  There are debates on both sides about whether marijuana should be legal.  No matter what your position or...

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31 Dec 1969

Addiction in the Workplace

Drug addiction is a serious disease and it is difficult to think that perhaps you have an employee that is addicted to drugs such as heroin or Oxycontin; but this happens in the workplace often. Alcoholism and drug dependence and addiction, known...

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31 Dec 1969

For College Students, “Smart Drugs” Aren’t So Smart

Parents with a child about to enter college commonly worry about drug use on campus. They traditionally think about marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol. Most do not suspect that a new force has entered the world of drugs on college...

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31 Dec 1969

How to Pass an EtG Test

What is EtG? Ethyl glucuronide, or as it is commonly known, EtG, is a metabolite of alcohol, in particular, ethanol.  EtG can be found in the body following exposure to ethanol. The ethanol exposure is typically the result of drinking...

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31 Dec 1969

[Video Blog] - Meet Tom Fulmer

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly interviews Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development for National Drug Screening, Inc. Tom Fulmer, CPCT, is the Vice President of Business Development for National Drug Screening, a nationwide...

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31 Dec 1969

What is Suboxone?

Suboxone -  What is Suboxone? Suboxone is a type of opioid medication that is used in drug treatments. Although it does contain opioids like those used to relieve pain, it is primarily used not to treat pain, but rather to treat the...

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31 Dec 1969

Tragedy in Connecticut…An Example of the Dangerous Effects of K2 or Synthetic Marijuana (THC)

Recently, more than 70 people overdosed on K2, sometimes called synthetic marijuana, in a single day and in a single location, New Haven, Connecticut. K2 overdoses have sharply increased during the past two years according to data from the Centers...

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31 Dec 1969

Methadone Drug Test - What Is Methadone?

Methadone is an opiate that is legally prescribed by doctors to help treat severe pain. While doctors typically rely on opioid treatment options as a measure of last resort, this is especially the case with methadone. Doctors will usually only...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Drug Testing on College and University Campuses

University and college drug testing is being conducted for some of the reasons you may suspect and for some you may not. At National Drug Screening, we work with college and university programs that include nursing, occupational therapy (OT)...

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31 Dec 1969

The Opioid Crisis in Alabama

In the late 1990s, no one knew that prescription opioid pain relievers would become a public health emergency two decades later. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), healthcare providers began prescribing opioids...

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31 Dec 1969

Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Key Substance Abuse Indicators Source: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/report/2017-nsduh-annual-national-report Illicit Drug Use In 2017, 30.5 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days (i.e., current use), which...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Top 5 Mistakes Employers make

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Tom Fulmer discusses Employment drug testing. It is on the rise especially with the opioid epidemic that\'s making the headlines every day. In the news as well is marijuana which has become legalized in...

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31 Dec 1969

Post-Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing: Alive and Well – Not Illegal

Post-Accident drug and alcohol testing is alive and well and it is not illegal.  Post-accident drug and alcohol testing is an important part of a drug free workplace program and often a requirement of a drug testing program such as for DOT...

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31 Dec 1969

Transit Industry Random Drug Testing Rate to Increase to 50% beginning January 1, 2019

On October 17, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration issued a letter announcing that effective January 1, 2019, the minimum rate of random drug testing will increase from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Where Does Drug Testing Take Place?

An interesting question I get often is “where does drug testing happen?”. I\'m Joe Reilly, president of National Drug Screening. Welcome to our video blog series. The question for today is where does drug testing happens. It is often...

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31 Dec 1969

New Drug Prevention Ad Released by The White House

In partnership with the Ad Council and Truth Initiative, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) rolled out the second phase of the Administration’s “The Truth About Opioids” drug prevention ads. This ad...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: How to Start a DOT Specimen Collection

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses DOT Urine Specimen Collection. Collection Step 1: Starting a collection highlights: 1) Go over Instructions with the donor 2) Check Id of Donor 3) Check that Specimen ID numbers...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana in your Florida Workplace

Reprinted from Spacecoast Business Magazine - Best Practice SectionIt is Decision Time The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, was approved by voters back on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Has your...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Cut off levels and detection times

If you took one hit of a joint would you test positive for marijuana? And how long do drugs stay in your system? I\'m Joe Reilly, President of National Drug Screening. Welcome to our video blog series. Today we\'re going to talk about drug testing...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: 17 Panel Hair Drug Test

Hair drug testing is becoming more and more popular throughout the United States. I\'m Joe Reilly, president of National Drug screening. Today I\'m going to talk about the new 17 panel hair drug test which is the most comprehensive hair drug test...

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31 Dec 1969

A Great Success Story

We are so proud of our friends at e7 Health with headquarters in Las Vegas, NV.  This team has embraced drug testing and expanded other services at their locations. Their dedication to technology and to leaning their industries, services and...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Meet Char Clark

http://www.NationalDrugScreening.com | 866-843-4545 Meet Our Team members in this video blog series. Today\'s Featured team member is Char Clark, Customer Service Administrator. \"Char is a wonderful person who goes out of her way to help...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Test Near Me

We get daily phone calls asking where can I get drug testing near me.  The answer is simple as we have drug testing centers in all areas of the United States.  Both employers and individuals call us daily and we arrange a same day drug...

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31 Dec 1969

National Drug Screening Awarded Accreditation

National Drug Screening Awarded Accreditation The National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) has certified National Drug Screening as a Nationally Accredited Third Party Administrator.  This accreditation verifies that...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Testing Industry Veteran Celebrates 25 Years - Receives Simpkins Entrepreneurial Award

On 12/5/2018 Joe Reilly was honored as a Business Leader of the Year by Space Coast Business magazine, a trusted voice for the Florida business community. \"I am very honored to receive this wonderful award. Thanks to a great team at National...

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31 Dec 1969

Drugs That Kill

Guest Blog by Katherine Finnell, National Drug Screening It’s no surprise illicit drug use often leads to death. With an estimated 450,000 drug related deaths over the past ten years it now surpasses traffic fatalities in the US. What is a...

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31 Dec 1969

Volusia/Flagler SHRM Chapter Announces Tom Fulmer to Speak at First Meeting of 2019

The Volusia/Flagler Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management announces that Tom Fulmer, Vice President of Business Development for National Drug Screening, Inc. and former professional speaker will be presenting at the 2019 Chapter...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Meet Katherine Finnell

Meet Our Team members in this video blog series. Today\'s Featured team member is Katherine Finnell, Administrate Assistant to the Vice President of Operations of National Drug Screening. Katherine shares some things about herself like favorite...

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31 Dec 1969

What Cities Have Employees Smoking Marijuana?

Recently there have been several studies and surveys showing what cities in America have the highest use of marijuana.  In February of 2018, the Motley Fool listed the 10 Major Cities That Consume the Most Marijuana Each Year.  These...

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31 Dec 1969

What Happens If I Fail A DOT Drug Test?

DOT drug testing is serious business and failing a DOT drug test can cause you to lose your job with even more consequences.  The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) mandates that if you fail a DOT required drug test, you must be...

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31 Dec 1969

All About Hair Strand Drug Test And Its Specific Purposes

It is no secret that drugs have become a big problem today. They affect people at home, school, and the workplace as well. In fact, a study by Facing Addiction with NCADD estimates that 70-percent of the 14.8-million Americans who use illicit...

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31 Dec 1969

Drugs And Alcohol Test: Why And When Are They Needed?

Workers have a lot of stress in their daily lives. They are pushed to the limit while being expected to perform and produce results. On many occasions, instead of reaching out for help, they let things get out of hand and become overwhelmed...

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31 Dec 1969

Employee Drug Testing Policies: What You Need To Know

A lot of people view employee drug testing as an invasion of one\'s privacy. They feel that what workers do on their own time is their own business. Well, this statement is true, but often, substance abuse carries over into the workplace, which...

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31 Dec 1969

Facts About Standard Pre-Employment Drug Tests

A lot of companies require potential employees to pass background checks. In many cases, they even call for a standard pre-employment drug test to be passed as well. The individual might have to get fingerprinted too depending on the organization...

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31 Dec 1969

Nursing School Drug Test: FAQs, Facts, And Rumors

Many, many people choose to get into the nursing field, and why not? They get to spend their days helping patients and making their lives better. Plus, the pay is nothing to shake a stick at. Research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that...

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31 Dec 1969

The 5 Panel Drug And Alcohol Test: FAQs, Facts, And Rumors

Who needs a 5 Panel Drug and Alcohol Test? Perhaps, the better question is who doesn\'t? Some folks choose to complete the exam for their own personal reasons. Others are court ordered to do so for probation, child custody hearings, divorce...

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31 Dec 1969

Understanding The Range Of 5 Panel Drug Test Cost

Those that abuse substances have a major impact on people around them. Whether the persons are co-workers, employers, friends, or family members, the issue can strain relationships to the brink. Some things are downers while others are uppers...

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31 Dec 1969

Why Hair Strand Tests Are Required: FAQs And Facts

The modern world is full of substances that impair people\'s judgment. They often cause the person to do things that they normally wouldn\'t do. For example, if parents get hooked on something such as cocaine, they may choose to buy more and more...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: DER Training Part 1 of 5

Welcome to the national drug screening video Blog series. In this 5 part series, Tom Fulmer will focus on designated employer representative training. Designated Employer Representative also known as DER is the primary person responsible for the...

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31 Dec 1969

Allowing Marijuana Use in Your Florida Workplace

Specific to Construction Industry with a high population of marijuana smokers.  Florida law – currently you can’t smoke marijuana even if you have a medical marijuana card. Company decision must be made: Will company...

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31 Dec 1969

Allowing Marijuana Use in Your Florida Workplace

Specific to Construction Industry with a high population of marijuana smokers.  Florida law – currently you can’t smoke marijuana even if you have a medical marijuana card. Company decision must be made: Will company...

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31 Dec 1969

A Closer Look At Urine Drug Tests

Drug testing has come a long way over the last few decades. Today, there are many different reasons that drug tests are used and also many different types of drug tests that can be used. And while everything from swab tests to hair tests are...

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31 Dec 1969

All You Need To Know About Five Panel Urine Drug Tests

Drug screenings are becoming more and more commonplace throughout the country, with employers using them to screen potential employees, identify potential causes of accidents, and more. But while there are plenty of things to consider about these...

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31 Dec 1969

Breaking Down The Basics Of The Swab Drug Test

When most people think of drug testing, the first thing that comes to mind is urine or blood tests. However, there are other types of tests that can be used as well. Hair is one option, but one that is beginning to see more use is the swab drug...

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31 Dec 1969

Is An Oral Drug Test The Right Option For Your Business?

Businesses today rely on drug screenings to help them find the right employees, keep their workplace drug free, and more. But there are several different kinds of drug screens that can be done, and it’s often difficult to know just what is...

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31 Dec 1969

The Basics of Pre Employment Drug Screenings

While employers around the nation will have their own set of hiring standards, one thing that often remains the same is the fact that pre-employment drug tests are becoming the norm when it comes to making sure that an employee is worth adding to...

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31 Dec 1969

The Big Benefits Of Using Drug Screenings In The Workplace

Few things are becoming as commonplace as the use of drug screenings in the workplace. Whether it’s an initial employee screening before hiring or a random drug test to ensure that your employees are maintaining a drug free workplace...

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31 Dec 1969

What Does The 10 Panel Drug Test Look For?

Drug screenings are the new norm, with countless reasons that they occur. Whether it’s following an accident, as part of a probation or child custody order, or just to prescreen employees before they are hired, drug tests are something that...

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31 Dec 1969

Which Type Of Drug Test Is The Right One For Your Needs?

There is no question that when it comes to tools, a drug test can offer a lot of solutions depending on the situation. Whether it’s for child custody, employment pre-screening, after an accident, probation, or something else, drug tests are...

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31 Dec 1969

Starting A Drug Testing Business (Video Blog)

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses Starting a Drug Testing Business. Starting a drug testing business is a challenge. It will take hard work, dedication, training and also some money. It will also take time and lots...

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31 Dec 1969

Creating The Best Experience For Drug Test Donors

Whether it’s a five panel drug test, a ten panel test, or something else entirely, drug testing has become a major part of how our country operates. But while employers and those who require a test to occur don’t have to worry too much...

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31 Dec 1969

Is Fentanyl Still A Concern?

Today, the war against drugs rages on. And while there is a major shift towards opioids and opioid abuse, most people who hear the term immediately assume that prescription pills are the primary issue when it comes to this kind of abuse. And while...

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31 Dec 1969

Learning More About Drug Testing

Drug abuse has always been a major issue for individuals, families, and employers. Whether it’s court ordered drug testing, a pre-hiring drug screening, or something else entirely, drug testing has been used to help ensure that people remain...

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31 Dec 1969

Michigan Passes Recreational Marijuana

Drug laws are changing around the nation, and Michigan is the latest state to adopt new drug reform concerning marijuana. Michigan Proposal 1, The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, was recently passed by a narrow majority. This...

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31 Dec 1969

Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulations

Recently, drug laws concerning marijuana have begun to be reformed around the country. One of the most recent states to adopt changes to their marijuana policy is Missouri, and starting on December 6, 2018, medical marijuana will be legal for use...

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31 Dec 1969

New Utah Marijuana Laws Change Things For Employers

Marijuana reform is sweeping the nation, and every year it seems that more and more starts are adopting new laws and regulations related to the use of this drug. Recently, Utah joined the ranks by passing Utah Proposition 2 by a majority. This law...

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31 Dec 1969

Oklahoma Unity Bill Helps Employers Deal With Marijuana Use

For years, employers around the nation have relied on the use of random drug testing, pre-employment drug screening, and more to help them identify drug use among their employees or potential employees. But the five panel drug test focuses on...

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31 Dec 1969

The Future Of Pot In NC And What It May Mean To Employers

Marijuana reform has been occurring throughout the country – already 32 states have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, and many more have bills being introduced that will do the same. Among them, North Carolina seems poised to...

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31 Dec 1969

Is Your Workplace Drug Free?

Reprinted from Space Coast Business Magazine Five Boxes You Need To Check Now more than ever this is an important question.  The latest survey conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2017) showed that 30.5...

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31 Dec 1969

A Guide To Creating A Drug Free Alabama Workplace

Alabama has recently begun to take the first steps towards legalizing medical marijuana in a limited way. In April of 2019, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 in favor of a bill that would allow for medical marijuana sales to move...

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31 Dec 1969

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Users Have New Rights

As more and more states modify their drug laws to allow for the use of medical or recreational marijuana, it leaves employees and employers confused about their rights and what steps they can take when it comes to pre-employment and random drug...

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31 Dec 1969

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Laws Change For Employment Protection

Recently, numerous states have begun to modify their approach to marijuana laws, making medical marijuana legal and in some cases even recreational marijuana. New Mexico is one of the states that has medical marijuana laws in place, and the use of...

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31 Dec 1969

North Dakota Creates Medical Marijuana Changes For Businesses

North Dakota has been one of the leading states in terms of embracing medical marijuana for patients suffering from a variety of issues. And recently, new changes were signed into law that updates the state’s medical marijuana laws. The...

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31 Dec 1969

The Main Components Of A Good Workplace Drug Policy In California

California is one of the first states to go legal when it comes to marijuana, and recreational marijuana is making a huge impact on the economy, medical community, and society within the state. But while that’s fine for those who are fans of...

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31 Dec 1969

What Employers Need To Know About Drug Testing in Colorado

Colorado has been one of the go-to states when it comes to making jokes about marijuana legalization. But things are very serious when it comes to legalized marijuana, and the impact has been seen in the economy in a big way. But businesses still...

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31 Dec 1969

What Employers Need To Know About Marijuana Laws in Nevada

Marijuana laws have changed around the nation, and numerous states continue to pass laws and regulations legalizing the use of the substance for medical use and recreational use alike. Nevada was one of the early adopters, and after the Regulation...

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31 Dec 1969

What You Need To Know About Illinois Marijuana Legalization

A kind of green wave is sweeping the country, with marijuana being legalized in numerous states. Illinois is one of the newest to consider it, and a bill to legalize marijuana in Illinois is expected to be filed by April 29, meaning that legalized...

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31 Dec 1969

You Can Drop Marijuana from Your Drug Testing

Regarding Marijuana in the Workplace By Joe Reilly, President National Drug Screening, Inc A friend and the General Manager of an out of state local business asked me the other day an interesting series of questions.  The first was...

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31 Dec 1969

263,000 New Jobs Grows Pre-employment Drug Testing

Author: Joe Reilly May 3, 2019 – The Wall Street Journal reports “Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest in Nearly 50 Years as Employers Ramp Up Hiring.”  With 263,000 jobs added in April, drug testing companies are seeing rises in...

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31 Dec 1969

How Your Employee Drug Testing Program Can Make You Money

Author: Bill Judge “Drug testing in my workplace costs too much. I don’t see the return on investment (ROI).\" ~Attendee at a recent seminar Occasionally the argument of cost versus value is heard from human resource managers...

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31 Dec 1969

Web Portal for Medical Review Officer (MRO) Drug Test Results

All testing is performed by SAMHSA certified laboratories and lab test results are sent electronically to the NDS web portal for review and verification by the MRO team. Test results are not made available to employer representatives until the...

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31 Dec 1969

Employers and The Kentucky Opioid Epidemic

There are plenty of parts of the US that have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but few have been hit as hard or as catastrophically as Kentucky. Each year more than 1,000 people die from opioid involved deaths – almost double the...

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31 Dec 1969

Is It Still Worth Drug Testing Michigan Employees?

Few things have changed the landscape of America in the same way that drug laws have. And over the last few years, those laws are changing – particularly where marijuana is concerned. Simply put, legal weed is starting to sweep the nation...

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31 Dec 1969

Marijuana Use and Arkansas Employer Rights

Over the last several years, many states have begun to legalize marijuana – either for medical use only or for recreational use as well. But while that may be good news for those who want to use the drug, what about those who hire them? One...

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31 Dec 1969

The Battle Over Oregon Employee Marijuana Regulations

Oregon was one of the very first states to begin allowing recreational marijuana use, and in the years since then the state still has some of the more restrictive employee regulations. While plenty of residents in the USA look to Oregon as the...

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31 Dec 1969

The Overall Positivity Rate For 2018

Every year, millions of people end up having to be screened for drugs via a 10 or 5 panel drug test. Usually, this is for pre-employment, but may also be due to random testing at work, post-accident testing, probation testing, or any other number...

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31 Dec 1969

What California Employers Need To Know About Marijuana

Marijuana reform essentially began in California, more than 20 years ago. Most people don’t realize it, but medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996, when California was the first to pass reform laws. And of course...

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31 Dec 1969

What Employers Need To Know About Georgia Drug Testing

As the ‘green wave’ continues to move across the country and marijuana is legal in more and more places, it’s often easy for employers to assume that they’re losing their rights. Nothing could be further from the truth, and...

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31 Dec 1969

New ADA Website Update

As we continue to move into an age where the internet is available in every household, it’s important for those who may have difficulty seeing, or hearing, to be able to access the information and resources available on our website. That is...

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31 Dec 1969

GrowFL Announces National Drug Screening is 9th Annual Florida Companies to Watch Finalist

(Melbourne, Fla.)  National Drug Screening, Inc. was among the first round of the 2019 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL.  The awards event - now in its ninth year - honors 50 select second-stage companies...

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31 Dec 1969

Are you ready for the FMCSA Clearinghouse

All FMCSA regulated employers are likely already somewhat aware of the fact that new regulations are going into effect. Specifically, the US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Clearinghouse is slated to go...

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31 Dec 1969

Most Common Drug Test Panels

You are trying to order a drug test and being asked what drug test panel do you need.  You think to yourself, what is a drug test panel? Drug testing is rarely done one drug at a time.  This is inefficient and more expensive then...

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31 Dec 1969

A New Law In Nevada Prohibits Employers From Testing For Marijuana

Governor Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 on June 5, 2019. What does that mean? Well, it is the first state-wide ban on pre-employment drug testing for marijuana. Basically, AB132 is an amendment to Chapter 613 – Employment Practices. It...

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31 Dec 1969

Divorce Proceedings May Involve Child Custody Drug Testing

Most couples don\'t want to hear the words separation or divorce, much less think about the situations. However, for various reasons, sometimes things happen, and those are the outcomes. Some of the most common causes of divorce in the United...

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31 Dec 1969

Getting A Job Is Not The Only Reason Why People Need Drug Screenings

Yes, drug tests are essential for employers to keep a drug-free workplace and ensure that employees are not breaking company policies. However, soon, some places like New York City, Nevada, and Illinois will no longer allow business owners to deny...

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31 Dec 1969

Impacts That Are Going To Be Felt In Illinois Workplaces Because Of Recreational Marijuana

On January 1, 2020, Governor Pritzker is expected to sign the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act. In other words, the Prarie State will become the 11th state to permit recreational marijuana. This piece of legislation will allow adults 21 years of...

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31 Dec 1969

Improve Your Kansas Workplace With Random Drug Testing

Marijuana is still fully illegal in the Sunflower State. Thus, the drug has not been decriminalized, is not approved for medicinal purposes, and can certainly not be used recreationally. Therefore, business owners are free to authorize policies...

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31 Dec 1969

Legalized Recreational Marijuana Poses Employer Challenges

Marijuana will be considered a lawful product in the Land of Lincoln as of January 1, 2020. Why? Well, the Illinois General Assembly approved the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, HB 1438, on May 31, 2019. It states that adults over the age of 21...

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31 Dec 1969

Texas Employers, Look No Further For Your Drug Testing Facilities

While much of the country is becoming lax on marijuana, Texas is not one of those places. Except for CBD oil, which can only be obtained via prescription, possessing any amount of cannabis is still illegal. The cannabidiol oil is available to...

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31 Dec 1969

Working Under The Influence Of Alcohol Can Be A Big Problem Everywhere, Including Right Here In Louisiana

Alcohol is a substance that slows down messages from the brain to the body. According to an article published on alcoholthinkagain.com, beverages such as beer, vodka, whiskey, and more, affect one\'s problem-solving skills, concentration, reaction...

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31 Dec 1969

Some Big Changes Came From The DOT In 2017

If you’re a business that needs to remain compliant with the drug testing workplace requirements of the Department of Transportation, then you know that there are many regulations you need to observe. For many businesses, 2017 was a pretty...

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31 Dec 1969

The Three Benefits Of Hair Testing

There are many different reasons why drug testing might be required by someone. If you run a business, you may have a final hurdle of a drug test as part of your condition for offering a job. You may conduct drug tests at your workplace to ensure...

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31 Dec 1969

The Facts About Cocaine & Testing For It

It’s hard to believe now, but there was once a time in America’s history when even children could buy an ordinary soft drink and consume narcotics within it, and this was 100% legal! It was only in 1929 that Coca-Colar finally removed...

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31 Dec 1969

Consumers Can Purchase Drug Or Alcohol Tests Online

There are plenty of reasons as to why Delaware consumers may want to purchase a drug or alcohol urine test online. However, for these purposes, this post is going to discuss parents dealing with troubled teens. It is no secret that teenagers tend...

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31 Dec 1969

Crimes Often Lead To Drug Testing In Illinois

According to an article published on Patch, violent crime rates dropped nationwide in 2017. However, in the Land of Lincoln, the figure was higher than the national average at 438.8 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the Illinois...

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31 Dec 1969

Drug Cut Off Levels & Detection Times

When urine, hair, or oral fluid sample is donated for drug testing, what is being searched for is the presence of metabolites. These are the leftover molecules after the body has processed a substance, and everything we take into ourselves...

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31 Dec 1969

Hawaii Employers Can Cut Down On Employee Cocaine Use With Drug Testing

Cocaine is a big problem everywhere. Of course, most people expect it to be an issue on the southern United States border with cartels continually sneaking drugs into the country. However, the schedule I drug is also an issue in The Aloha State...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Refusals to Test Just Got More Difficult for Employers

There is often confusion when an applicant or employee refuses a DOT required drug or alcohol test.  Some refusals are determined by the medical review officer (MRO) and some by the employer.  Typically, if a specimen is not collected...

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31 Dec 1969

Tips For Getting A Urine Specimen For DOT Testing

If you have a business in logistics or professional transportation, you probably have to make sure you comply with DOT drug testing regulations, and occasionally have to test workers for drug use by collecting a urine specimen for analysis. If...

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31 Dec 1969

What Do You Do With A Drug Test Failure?

It’s not something that any company looks forward to, but there is likely to be a point in any company’s lifetime where, if drug testing administered, a drug test failure will come up. In other words, you will test someone for the...

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31 Dec 1969

What Happens When You Get A Drug Test?

If you’ve never had a drug test before, you may be wondering exactly what happens during this process. Some may even wonder if it’s possible to cheat a drug test. We’ve got the answers to both of those questions here, so you can...

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31 Dec 1969

What Is ETG Testing?

If you’ve ever been asked to submit to testing for the presence of alcohol in your body, you most likely were taking what is called an ETG test. If you’ve never been tested for this, but you’re wondering how to test for alcohol...

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31 Dec 1969

The Flight Industry Needs Drug Testing Too

One of the things many of us take for granted in the 21st century is the power of flight. A trip from New York to London no longer takes weeks and may involve storms, scurvy, and death. People that are injured in the woods can have a helicopter...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Follicle Testing & ETG Hair Tests For Alcohol

Many workplaces, either as an internal policy or as compliance to work for a larger Federal entity, such as the Department of Transportation, now have drug testing. This drug testing may be one of the conditions for hiring if a job offer is made...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Follicle Drug Testing 101

One of the most recent and effective developments in the world of drug testing has been the hair follicle test. This has been a game-changer for both court-ordered drug tests, and workplace drug testing, and there are several reasons for that...

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31 Dec 1969

Hair Testing & Your Options

For many years, testing for drugs was done primarily through urine sample collection and analysis. This is still one of the most common ways to get tested for drugs because it is still incredibly accurate, and not too invasive, compared to other...

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31 Dec 1969

Some Facts About Marijuana

Out of all the drugs in use in the USA today, marijuana is, without question, the most well-known. There are a few reasons for this, from its prolific appearances in all entertainment, such as film and television. More importantly, however, is the...

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31 Dec 1969

Changes To Marijuana Laws Should Change Your Drug Use Policy

One of the most dynamic changes we’re seeing in the state of drugs in America today is the changing stance of marijuana’s legal status. Federally, the drug is still considered an illegal substance. At the State level, however, many...

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31 Dec 1969

The Marijuana Question Now Has Many Answers

There was a time when US law regarding the use of the drug marijuana was straightforward. It was illegal at the State level, and it was illegal at the Federal level, period, full stop. This made things very simple for both the law and for the...

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31 Dec 1969

What Are MROs & What Do They Do?

Drug testing is a complex but incredibly convenient technique that is now easily accessible to anyone who wants it. Whether it is logistics companies remaining compliant with DOT regulations, a business that wants a safer workplace, or even...

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31 Dec 1969

What Is A Negative Dilute Result?

On the surface, it would seem like something, such as a drug test would be simple to interpret. The result is either positive or negative, meaning that the presence of drugs was detected, or not. However, unlike computers, the world is not...

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31 Dec 1969

The DOT Made Major Policy Changes In 2018

The Department of Transportation has regulations set in place that any businesses and professional drivers must adhere to. These regulations also include policies about drug use and the requirement that all drivers stay clean and sober while on...

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31 Dec 1969

The Facts About Oral Fluid Drug Testing

When it comes to drug testing, there are a few ways to go about it. Most people are familiar with urine testing, which has been conducted since the 1980s and is the standard that most people know. Another more recent form of testing is hair...

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31 Dec 1969

Vaping: The New Craze That May Be Deadly

Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking and although it is the newest thing, the question arises "is it safe or safer?" We are now beginning to see vaping related illnesses and vaping related deaths which are leading people to re-think...

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31 Dec 1969

DOT Drug Testing For Owner Operators

There’s nothing quite as American as going into business for yourself, and being your own boss. For some, that means starting in a vital trade, such as getting goods in America from one part to another. But to start driving as your business...

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31 Dec 1969

What To Do If You Need A Probation Drug Test

Getting out prison and going on probation, or getting a suspended sentence, with probation, is often a second chance for people to get things right. The government wants to ensure that Americans who have rejoined society are truly reformed and are...

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31 Dec 1969

What Should You Do If Someone Refuses A Drug Test?

There can be many reasons why a business would implement a drug testing policy. For some, it’s a simple matter of maintaining order and safety, to give management and employees peace of mind that they are working in a clean and sober...

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31 Dec 1969

What Are The Panels The Drug Tests Test For?

For people that now take drug tests at the workplace, or maybe even before starting work, when a job offer is made, there are some new things to learn, especially if you’re curious about the process. Workplace drug testing started in the...

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31 Dec 1969

State-specific Marijuana Information for Employers

Coming Soon ... State-specific Marijuana Information for EmployersBy Dee Mason, Working Partners® Although it is still against the law at the federal level, states are legalizing medical and the recreational use of marijuana – at...

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31 Dec 1969

Employers Can Save Money on Worker's Comp Insurance

Article by Joe Reilly, President, National Drug Screening, Inc. [Reprinted from: Space Coast Business Magazine, https://www.spacecoastbusiness.com/saving-money-on-workers-comp-insurance-national-drug-screening/] There are several ways to save...

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31 Dec 1969

FMCSA Clearinghouse Ready for Employers - Top 7 To Do List:

- Procrastination is not an option. By: Tommy Eden, Partner Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP  Clearinghouse Opened for Registration 9.28.2019  As with most mandated Federal Regulations, resistance is futile to the Federal...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Are You Effectively Managing Your Drug Testing Program?

Quite often we get questions about our TPA Drug Testing and MRO management software. Most often people want to know how it can help them better manage their drug testing program or if it can manage their random testing program. Having the right...

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31 Dec 1969

Video Blog: Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make in Drug Testing

Avoid liability and lawsuits with your drug testing program. Eliminate these top 5 mistakes employers are making in their drug testing programs. Be proactive and manage your drug testing program properly. No Program, no company policy about drug...

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