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14 Nov 2017

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

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

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12 Nov 2017

Expanded Opiates for DOT Drug Testing

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

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08 Nov 2017

The MRO and Safety Concerns

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

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02 Nov 2017

Standing Firm: Marijuana Workplace Solutions in Light of CT Decision

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

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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 in...

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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 the...

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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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