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13 Jul 2018

Positive Drug Test: Second Chance or Termination

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

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12 Jul 2018

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

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

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10 Jul 2018

[Video Blog] ETG Urine and Hair Alcohol Testing Overview

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

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09 Jul 2018

[Video Blog] PHMSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs

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

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06 Jul 2018

Crisis - Opiates in the Workplace

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

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03 Jul 2018

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

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

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28 Jun 2018

[Video Blog] Same Day Drug Testing Made Easy

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

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26 Jun 2018

Should Employers Test for Opioids and Prescription Painkillers?

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

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22 Jun 2018

[Video Blog] 2018 DATIA Conference Recap

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

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14 Jun 2018

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

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

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11 Jun 2018

[Notice] New CCF Use Deadline Is June 30

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

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08 Jun 2018

[Video Blog] Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing Training

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

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05 Jun 2018

Drug Test Positivity Rate at Decade High

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

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03 Jun 2018

Low Unemployment but Higher Workplace Drug Use

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

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01 Jun 2018

[Video Blog] DOT Drug Testing Consortiums - An Overview

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

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30 May 2018

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

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

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28 May 2018

Do Not Have Your DOT Drug Tests Results Delayed

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

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25 May 2018

[Video Blog] Facts About Date Rape Drug Testing

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

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24 May 2018

Why should we conduct school bus driver drug testing?

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

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17 May 2018

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

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

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14 May 2018

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

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

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11 May 2018

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

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

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08 May 2018

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

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

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06 May 2018

Annual Hospitality Suite at DATIA Conference

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

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04 May 2018

The Medical Review Officer (MRO) – An Overview

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

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30 Apr 2018

What to Expect from a Court-Ordered Urine Test

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

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27 Apr 2018

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

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

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24 Apr 2018

Setting up a Drug-Free Workplace Policy 

Many of our calls from employers are to ask about how to set up a drug-free workplace program.  The drug-free workplace program is the overall program needed for an employer to establish drug testing.  Drug-free workplace programs...

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23 Apr 2018

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

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

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20 Apr 2018

Does Drug Free Workplace Mean Drug Testing

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

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18 Apr 2018

Video Blog - An Overview of the Fentanyl Drug Test

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

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12 Apr 2018

Top 10 Myths About Drug Tests

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

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06 Apr 2018

[Video] National Drug Screening - A Great Corporate Culture

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

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05 Apr 2018

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

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

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30 Mar 2018

Top 10 Benefits of Workplace Drug Testing

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

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29 Mar 2018

How Probation Drug Testing Works

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

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23 Mar 2018

How long do drugs stay in your system?

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

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23 Mar 2018

Video Blog - New DOT Rule on Expanded Opiates 4 Minutes

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

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16 Mar 2018

VIdeo Blog: Court-Ordered Hair Follicle Drug Testing Optoins

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

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09 Mar 2018

How to Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test

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

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06 Mar 2018

How to Pass a Cocaine Drug Test

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

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01 Mar 2018

How to Pass a Marijuana Drug Test

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

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27 Feb 2018

Now Hiring: See all Open Positions and Apply Online

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

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26 Feb 2018

How to Pass a Drug Test - Urine Testing

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

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22 Feb 2018

Update on OSHA Post-Accident Drug Testing

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

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23 Jan 2018

Video Blog: Choosing A Drug Test

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

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19 Jan 2018

Court Ordered Hair Testing

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

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16 Jan 2018

New DOT Rule Expanded Opiates Testing and Safety Concern

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

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10 Jan 2018

Reduce Workers’ Compensation Premium with a Drug-Free Workplace

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

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05 Jan 2018

What is a 5 Panel DOT Like Drug Test?

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

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