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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 for...

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19 May 2017

Things to Consider in Your Workplace Drug Testing Policy

In 1998, 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 about...

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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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