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26 Oct 2017

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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26 Oct 2017

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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11 Oct 2017

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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18 Oct 2017

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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18 Oct 2017

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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18 Oct 2017

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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02 Oct 2017

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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27 Sep 2017

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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02 Oct 2017

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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22 Sep 2017

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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07 Sep 2017

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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06 Sep 2017

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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06 Sep 2017

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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01 Sep 2017

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 Aug 2017

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 Aug 2017

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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28 Aug 2017

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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27 Aug 2017

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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24 Aug 2017

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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08 Aug 2017

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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08 Aug 2017

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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06 Aug 2017

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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06 Aug 2017

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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02 Aug 2017

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 Jul 2017

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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26 Jul 2017

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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19 Jul 2017

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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19 Jul 2017

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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14 Jul 2017

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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11 Jul 2017

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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10 Jul 2017

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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09 Jul 2017

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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09 Jul 2017

“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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29 Jun 2017

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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29 Jun 2017

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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28 Jun 2017

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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26 Jun 2017

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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23 Jun 2017

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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21 Jun 2017

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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21 Jun 2017

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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15 Jun 2017

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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14 Jun 2017

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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12 Jun 2017

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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03 Jun 2017

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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03 Jun 2017

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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03 Jun 2017

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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02 Jun 2017

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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30 May 2017

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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25 May 2017

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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24 May 2017

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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23 May 2017

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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19 May 2017

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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17 May 2017

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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11 May 2017

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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10 May 2017

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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10 May 2017

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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08 May 2017

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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05 May 2017

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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03 May 2017

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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03 May 2017

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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03 May 2017

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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02 May 2017

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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02 May 2017

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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26 Apr 2017

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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24 Apr 2017

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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22 Apr 2017

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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18 Apr 2017

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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12 Apr 2017

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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12 Apr 2017

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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11 Apr 2017

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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10 Apr 2017

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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03 Apr 2017

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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30 Mar 2017

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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30 Mar 2017

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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29 Mar 2017

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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29 Mar 2017

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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28 Mar 2017

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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28 Mar 2017

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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24 Mar 2017

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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22 Mar 2017

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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21 Mar 2017

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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20 Mar 2017

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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20 Mar 2017

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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29 Feb 2016

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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17 Mar 2017

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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16 Mar 2017

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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14 Mar 2017

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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09 Mar 2017

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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09 Mar 2017

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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07 Mar 2017

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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06 Mar 2017

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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01 Mar 2017

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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01 Mar 2017

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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27 Feb 2017

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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21 Feb 2017

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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20 Feb 2017

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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17 Feb 2017

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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20 Feb 2017

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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16 Feb 2017

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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16 Feb 2017

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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14 Feb 2017

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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14 Feb 2017

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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14 Feb 2017

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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13 Feb 2017

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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09 Feb 2017

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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04 Feb 2017

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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03 Feb 2017

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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03 Feb 2017

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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01 Feb 2017

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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01 Feb 2017

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 Jan 2017

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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28 Jan 2017

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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28 Jan 2017

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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24 Jan 2017

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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20 Jan 2017

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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19 Jan 2017

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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19 Jan 2017

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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17 Jan 2017

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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16 Jan 2017

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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11 Jan 2017

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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09 Jan 2017

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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08 Jan 2017

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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07 Jan 2017

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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06 Jan 2017

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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04 Jan 2017

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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28 Dec 2016

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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28 Dec 2016

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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20 Dec 2016

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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16 Dec 2016

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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16 Dec 2016

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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16 Dec 2016

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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15 Dec 2016

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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15 Dec 2016

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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14 Dec 2016

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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07 Dec 2016

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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07 Dec 2016

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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07 Dec 2016

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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02 Dec 2016

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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01 Dec 2016

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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30 Nov 2016

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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29 Nov 2016

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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23 Nov 2016

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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22 Nov 2016

DOT Protocol For Positive Test Results

The Department of Transportation 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 that both...

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18 Nov 2016

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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17 Nov 2016

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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17 Nov 2016

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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16 Nov 2016

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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14 Nov 2016

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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10 Nov 2016

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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09 Nov 2016

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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08 Nov 2016

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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07 Nov 2016

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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02 Nov 2016

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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02 Nov 2016

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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01 Nov 2016

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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01 Nov 2016

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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27 Oct 2016

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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25 Oct 2016

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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21 Oct 2016

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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20 Oct 2016

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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19 Oct 2016

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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19 Oct 2016

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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19 Oct 2016

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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15 Oct 2016

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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12 Oct 2016

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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05 Oct 2016

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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04 Oct 2016

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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03 Oct 2016

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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28 Sep 2016

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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27 Sep 2016

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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20 Sep 2016

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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16 Sep 2016

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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15 Sep 2016

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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14 Sep 2016

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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07 Sep 2016

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 Aug 2016

Upcoming Drug Testing Industry Trainings

DOT COLLECTOR TRAINING LIVE WEBINAR - THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2016 AT 1:30 PM EDTDOT regulations for the DOT drug and alcohol testing program require urine specimen collectors to be trained and qualified.  Once you register and submit...

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30 Aug 2016

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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29 Aug 2016

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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25 Aug 2016

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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23 Aug 2016

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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22 Aug 2016

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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19 Aug 2016

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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19 Aug 2016

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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18 Aug 2016

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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17 Aug 2016

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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09 Aug 2016

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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09 Aug 2016

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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08 Aug 2016

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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05 Aug 2016

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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04 Aug 2016

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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04 Aug 2016

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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01 Aug 2016

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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28 Jul 2016

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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26 Jul 2016

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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22 Jul 2016

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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20 Jul 2016

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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15 Jul 2016

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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14 Jul 2016

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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13 Jul 2016

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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14 Jun 2014

Video Blog: Medical Marijuana – Drug Free Workplace

... Medical Marijuana – Drug Free Workplace – Drug Testing With many States continuing to consider medical and recreational marijuana legislation, employers may have decisions to make and policies to update.  Employer drug free...

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12 Jul 2016

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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02 Jul 2016

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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01 Jul 2016

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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28 Jun 2016

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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28 Jun 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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02 Jun 2016

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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02 Jun 2016

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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09 Jun 2016

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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08 Jun 2016

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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08 Jun 2016

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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08 Jun 2016

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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02 Jun 2016

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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07 Jun 2016

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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02 Jun 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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17 May 2016

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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13 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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13 May 2016

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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11 May 2016

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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12 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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09 May 2016

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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07 May 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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06 May 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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03 May 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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02 May 2016

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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24 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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22 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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21 Apr 2016

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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20 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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20 Apr 2016

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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18 Apr 2016

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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18 Apr 2016

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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15 Apr 2016

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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07 Apr 2016

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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07 Apr 2016

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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29 Oct 2016

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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07 Apr 2016

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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02 Apr 2016

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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26 Mar 2016

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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26 Mar 2016

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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26 Mar 2016

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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18 Mar 2016

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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18 Mar 2016

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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17 Mar 2016

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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11 Mar 2016

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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09 Mar 2016

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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09 Mar 2016

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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05 Mar 2016

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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03 Mar 2016

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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03 Mar 2016

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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01 Mar 2016

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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09 Feb 2016

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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16 Feb 2016

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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25 Feb 2016

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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22 Feb 2016

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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17 Feb 2016

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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05 Feb 2016

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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05 Feb 2016

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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04 Feb 2016

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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01 Feb 2016

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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20 Jan 2016

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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12 Jan 2016

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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12 Jan 2016

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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11 Jan 2016

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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11 Jan 2016

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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05 Jan 2016

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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05 Jan 2016

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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03 Jan 2016

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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03 Jan 2016

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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03 Jan 2016

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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03 Jan 2016

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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29 Dec 2015

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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24 Dec 2015

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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08 Dec 2015

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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08 Dec 2015

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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03 Dec 2015

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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01 Dec 2015

$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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26 Nov 2015

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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26 Nov 2015

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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26 Nov 2015

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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22 Nov 2015

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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21 Nov 2015

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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16 Nov 2015

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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16 Nov 2015

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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09 Nov 2015

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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30 Oct 2015

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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07 Sep 2015

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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07 Sep 2015

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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03 Aug 2015

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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20 Sep 2015

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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18 Sep 2015

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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16 Sep 2015

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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04 Dec 2015

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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02 Sep 2015

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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02 Sep 2015

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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27 Aug 2015

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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21 Aug 2015

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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18 Aug 2015

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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15 Aug 2015

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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15 Aug 2015

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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15 Aug 2015

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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12 Aug 2015

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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06 Aug 2015

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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01 Aug 2015

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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28 Jul 2015

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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25 Jul 2015

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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20 Jul 2015

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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16 Jul 2015

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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08 Jul 2015

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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07 Jul 2015

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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04 Jul 2015

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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02 Jul 2015

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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26 Jun 2015

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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19 Jun 2015

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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16 Jun 2015

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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08 Jun 2015

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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04 Jun 2015

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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04 Jun 2015

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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29 May 2015

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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27 May 2015

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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15 May 2015

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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15 May 2015

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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07 May 2015

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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06 May 2015

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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27 Apr 2015

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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27 Apr 2015

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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25 Apr 2015

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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25 Apr 2015

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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25 Apr 2015

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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11 May 2015

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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25 Apr 2015

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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25 Apr 2015

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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20 Apr 2015

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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13 Apr 2015

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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09 Apr 2015

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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03 Apr 2015

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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29 Mar 2015

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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27 Mar 2015

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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21 Mar 2015

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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11 Mar 2015

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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06 Mar 2015

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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06 Mar 2015

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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27 Feb 2015

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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21 Feb 2015

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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03 Apr 2015

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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21 Feb 2015

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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18 Feb 2015

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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20 Feb 2015

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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18 Feb 2015

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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06 Feb 2015

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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27 Jan 2015

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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24 Jan 2015

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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15 Jan 2015

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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12 Jan 2015

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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11 Jan 2015

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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11 Sep 2014

Upcoming DOT Training Webinars

DOT Training Webinars - Space is Limited, All Webinars Sell Out ...  DOT Designated Employer Representatives (DER) Training Webinar Thursday, January 29, 2015,    3:30PM – 5:30 PM EST | $95.00 per person  DER...

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03 Jan 2015

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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30 Dec 2014

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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30 Dec 2014

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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27 Dec 2014

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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27 Dec 2014

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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27 Dec 2014

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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27 Dec 2014

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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13 Dec 2014

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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13 Dec 2014

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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07 Dec 2014

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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05 Dec 2014

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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05 Dec 2014

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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05 Dec 2014

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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02 Dec 2014

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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01 Dec 2014

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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26 Nov 2014

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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24 Nov 2014

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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23 Nov 2014

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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23 Nov 2014

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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21 Nov 2014

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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11 Nov 2014

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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05 Nov 2014

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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04 Nov 2014

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 Oct 2014

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 Oct 2014

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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18 Oct 2014

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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13 Oct 2014

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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13 Oct 2014

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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12 Oct 2014

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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10 Oct 2014

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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03 Oct 2014

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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02 Oct 2014

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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02 Oct 2014

Understanding Marijuana Potency

The Importance of Understanding Marijuana Potency

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20 Sep 2014

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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20 Sep 2014

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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20 Sep 2014

Drug Testing Statistics

Good news for employers A 2011 poll conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) regarding drug testing demonstrated the efficacy of implementing these workplace...

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15 Sep 2014

Marijuana and the Workplace

Marijuana and the Workplace From the New York Times -  Legal Use of Marijuana Clashes With Job Rules By JACK HEALY SEPT. 7, 2014 DENVER — Brandon Coats knew he was going to fail his drug test. Paralyzed in a car crash when he...

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13 Sep 2014

Win a Windows Surface 2 Tablet at SAPAA

National Drug Screening (NDS) will be attending and exhibiting at the 2014 SAPAA Conference September 24th – 27th at the Marriott Hotel-Downtown in Richmond, Virginia.  We look forward to seeing many old and new industry...

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12 Sep 2014

FMCSA New Entrant Examinations

Items that FMCSA Checks on New Entrant Examinations New entrants have an examination by FMCSA within 18 months.  It is important to comply with DOT drug and acohol testing regulations.  The new entrant examinations alway check the...

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20 Sep 2014

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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20 Sep 2014

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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15 Sep 2014

National Drug Screening Joins SAPAA

National Drug Screening recently joined SAPAA - the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association. The Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association mission is to establish, promote, and communicate the highest standards of...

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05 Sep 2014

Welcome Bob Schoening

National Drug Screening Welcomes Bob Schoening Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard, Robert Schoening will be assisting National Drug Screening, Inc (NDS) with our web site blog articles and other DOT regulatory...

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02 Sep 2014

Occupational Health & Safety 2014

... Reilly Published in September 2014 issue of Occupational Health & Safety An article, written by Joe Reilly, connecting drug testing and safety was published this month in Occupational Health & Safety magazine.  Drug testing...

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01 Sep 2014

DOT - FMCSA Compliance

Motor carriers that meet the criteria below are required to comply with FMCSA 49 CFR Part 382 – Controlled Substances and Alcohol Use and Testing. Required when you or your employees hold a Commercial Driver\'s License (CDL), or similar...

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01 Sep 2014

Collection Audits

Collection Audits By Joe Reilly, Past Chairman DATIA Collection sites are often audited by FAA and FTA auditors and recently I have been retained by several regional and national collection site operators to provide audits of their company owned...

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28 Aug 2014

Why drug free workplace programs?

... Why should employers implement drug testing and drug free workplace programs? There are several good reasons primarily for the health and safety of your employees, customers and the general public.  Drug users do not make good...

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31 Jul 2014

EtG Alcohol Testing – 80 Hour Look Back

... EtG and EtS are direct metabolites of alcohol (ethanol). Their presence in urine is used to detect recent ethanol ingestion—even after ethanol is no longer measurable. Detectable up to 80 hours after ingestion, the presence of both EtG...

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20 Aug 2014

Altering a Custody and Control Form

Both DOT and Non-DOT custody and control forms can be altered when necessary to complete a collection.  Collectors and collection sites that will not alter a drug testing CCF form to properly compete a collection are not providing...

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31 Jul 2014

Legalization of Marijuana - White House

... White House Responds to NY Times Support for Legaliation of Marijuana The New York Times editorial board opinion in its Sunday July 27, 2014 edition that the Federal government should legalize marijuana for adults aged 21 years and...

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30 Jul 2014

Pre-employment Alcohol Testing - Trucking Industry?

... FMCSA:  How did Pre-employment Alcohol Testing Happen in the Trucking Industry? ... There are four items many trucking companies miss on their DOT audits or new entrant safety reviews.  National Drug Screening can assist with...

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07 Jun 2014

Owner Operator Program – DOT

...Owner Operator Drug Testing Program – DOT Random Testing Consortium National Drug Screening has developed a new program for owner operator for compliance with DOT drug and alcohol testing program.  It is important that owner...

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30 Jul 2014

DOT Physicals – Certification Required

... As you may know, DOT - FMCSA as of May 21, 2014 requires medical examiners performing physicals to be trained, certified and listed in the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.   If you have a physician, Physician’s...

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26 Jul 2014

24/7 Drug Testing Collections

... Twenty Four – Seven (24/7) Drug & Alcohol Testing Collections Available ...Employers never know when a drug test will be necessary.  The availability of 24-7 afterhours drug testing is critical.  For DOT regulated drug...

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19 Jul 2014

Hair Follicle Drug Testing

... Hair drug testing provides up to a 90-day detection of repetitive, long-term drug use patterns.  It is an ideal solution for pre-employment and random testing.  When compared to urine and oral fluid testing, hair testing provides...

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30 Jul 2014

MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY

...EXHIBIT A: MEDICAL MARIJUANA POLICY  MRO Sample Standard Operating Procedures on Medical Marijuana, Marinol and Hemp Because Sample MRO believes that legal and regulatory compliance is a critically important component of your workplace...

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19 Jul 2014

ETG COURT ORDERED ALCOHOL TESTING

…Testing for alcohol with EtG is available in all areas of the United States, EtG looks back 80 hours for consumption of alcohol. ETG COURT ORDERED ALCOHOL TESTING COURT SYSTEMS ARE REQUIRING ETG TESTING FOR COURT ORDERED ALCOHOL...

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19 Jul 2014

Substance Abuse is a Thief!

... If you have substance abusers employed in your workplace, they are stealing from your business.  Approximately 9% of full time workers admit to substance abuse.  Do you have drug free workplace?   The fact is that the cost of...

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19 Jul 2014

Employer Concern Expense of Pre-employment Drug Testing

Case Report - Employer Concern Over Expense of Pre-employment Drug Testing ...Employer reports a high turnover business and cost of pre-employment drug testing has doubled due to a recent acquisition.  The employer is considering eliminating...

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18 Jul 2014

Compliance for Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing

 What is a Model Drug Free Workplace Program? ... Compliance for Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs ... In 1986 President Reagan signed an executive order requiring drug testing for federal employees.  In 1989 the federal...

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06 Jul 2014

The Debate on Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

  ... So what is an employer to do?  Carefully review applicable state law. Most current state medical marijuana laws do not address the workplace and thus do not require the employer to accept medical marijuana as an acceptable medical...

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25 Jun 2014

Employer Drug Testing - Marijuana Use

... Marijuana Use and Drug Testing, Drug Free Workplace ...Update on Employer Drug Testing - Current State of Marijuana Use  ... June 2014 ... Facts: 18,900,000 Americans use marijuana which is a Schedule 1 illegal drug Marijuana use...

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10 May 2014

Winners Announced! - Windows Tablets

Two Lucky Winners ...Winners Announced!  - Two Chances to Win a Windows Tablet Congratulations to Jodie Gray of Compliance Information Systems (FormFox) and Andrew Yeoman from Jet Midwest, Inc. (Kansas City, MO) winners of our Surface 2...

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10 Oct 2014

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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02 Jun 2014

DATIA 2014 Conference Photos - Huge Success

DATIA Conference - Huge Success... Photos from Joe Reilly - Enjoy pictures from the DATIA Conference 2014! The 2014 DATIA Conference in Phoenix, AZ was a great success with over 700 attendees.  Great learning and networking activities...

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08 Jun 2014

DOT ECCF

Final Rule Posted - April 13, 2015 - Click Here - Electronic Custody and Control Form for DOT Drug Testing eCCF Approved - The Final Rule allows employers, collectors, laboratories, and Medical Review Officer to use the electronic...

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01 Jun 2014

DATIA Conference - Huge Success

June 1, 2014 - If you are in the drug testing industry you must have attended the 2014 DATIA Annual Conference at the Waldorf Astoria Biltmore Resort in Phoenix Arizona this past week.   The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry (DATIA) put...

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14 Jun 2014

Drug Testing New York City

National Drug Testing centers in the New York area  National Drug Screening has hundreds of locations for drug testing in the tri-state areas of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.  Immediate drug testing is available at our drug...

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07 May 2014

DER & Service Agents

DER & Service Agents - - - As an employer, you are ultimately responsible for compliance with the DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations; therefore, you must ensure that the service agent you use meets all the DOT required qualifications...

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28 Apr 2014

Are You Going to the DATIA Conference?

If you are going to the DATIA conference, stop by booth # 212 and learn more about National Drug Screening.  Ask us about a gift we have for you.  Also, register to win a Windows Tablet – Surface 2 includes Office 2013RT. DATIA is...

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05 May 2014

DOT Post Accident Testing - After Hours

DOT Post-Accident Testing Certain employees are required to submit to post-accident urine drug testing and breath alcohol testing as required by the US DOT guidelines.  If you need assistance finding locations, call 866-843-4545.  For...

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28 Mar 2014

Employee Tests Positive for Drugs – What’s Next?

Employee Tests Positive for Drugs – What’s Next? When an employee tests positive for drugs or alcohol the employer must follow the company drug free workplace policy.  Some policies will call for immediate termination and some...

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24 Mar 2014

DOT Random Testing – Stand Alone or Consortium

DOT Random Testing – Stand Alone or Consortium Companies regulated by DOT are required to have a random drug testing program.  How does this work? Why does DOT require random drug testing – it is all about safety.  As an...

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23 Mar 2014

Mistakes People Make - Specimen Collection

Mistakes People Make By Joe Reilly, Joe Reilly & Associates, Inc This will be a series of articles that will highlight actual mistakes that occur during the process of workplace drug & alcohol testing.  The intent of these articles...

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23 Mar 2014

Mistakes People Make 2 - Employer Drug Testing Programs

Mistakes People Make 2 - Employer Drug Testing Programs By Joe Reilly, Joe Reilly & Associates, Inc This series of articles continues to highlight actual mistakes that occur during the process of workplace drug & alcohol testing. ...

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23 Mar 2014

Mistakes People Make 3 - MRO

Mistakes People Make - Medical Review Officer - MRO By Joe Reilly, Joe Reilly & Associates, Inc DOT Public Interest Exclusion (PIE) List Name and Address of Service Agent: Michel R. Bennett and Workplace...

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05 Mar 2014

What is wrong with Medical Marijuana Laws?

Is the right to get high and buy legal marijuana in a store worth the risk to kids, society, and the economy in the form of: greater addiction and learning deficits, a new, legal industry relying on addiction for profits, increased safety and...

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20 Mar 2014

Paperless Chain of Custody Forms

... Paperless chain of custody forms will become standard protocol – Are You Ready? E-CCF Lab | E-CCF POCT = FAST Collection and FAST ACCURATE REPORTING All One System – Web Based Access - Anywhere – Anytime Collect > Test...

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04 Mar 2014

DER - Designated Employer Representative

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 the traveling public. Employers are responsible for...

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14 Feb 2014

DOT Specimen Collector Training

DOT Specimen Collectors are required to meet the following training requirements: Qualification Training You must receive qualification training meeting the requirements of this paragraph. Qualification training must provide instruction on the...

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21 Jan 2014

MRO Services & Drug Testing Software

Press Release Issued from i3screen   - - - i3screen is pleased to announce our new alliance partner – National Drug Screening, Inc.  As a value added reseller of the i3screen technology platform and i3screen products and services...

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30 Jun 2014

More Information on Drug Test Now

More Information: Drug Testing Centers are open daily and provide drug and alcohol testing for individuals. Drug testing is available for court ordered programs, probation, legal cases, divorce, child custody and required testing for colleges and...

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15 Sep 2014

Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Joe Reilly

February 8, 2008 ... DATIA Board of Directors Chairman, Joe Reilly, was recently presented with The 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Melbourne-Palm Bay Area (Florida) Chamber of Commerce. This distinguished honor is presented each...

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07 Jun 2014

Florida Drug Screening

... Florida Drug Screening ... Our Florida Drug Screening centers are open today. Immediate drug testing is available in Florida at our Florida Drug Testing centers.  Are you looking for drug testing in Florida? National Drug Screening...

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03 Mar 2014

National Drug Screening

Company Description Providing back office TPA services for TPA’s, we fulfill an industry need for a state of the art technology software platform combined with Medical Review Officer (MRO) services, drug testing, training and consultation...

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06 Jul 2014

About National Drug Screening (NDS)

...A full service drug and alcohol testing company, National Drug Screening (NDS) also provides Medical Review Officer (MRO) services and web based drug testing software.  The software platform allows for ordering, scheduling and resulting of...

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15 Apr 2016

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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