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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

β€œBut 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 for...

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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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