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July 1, 2019

Texas Employers, Look No Further For Your Drug Testing Facilities

While much of the country is becoming lax on marijuana, Texas is not one of those places. Except for CBD oil, which can only be obtained via prescription, possessing any amount of cannabis is still illegal. The cannabidiol oil is available to...

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July 1, 2019

Legalized Recreational Marijuana Poses Employer Challenges

Marijuana will be considered a lawful product in the Land of Lincoln as of January 1, 2020. Why? Well, the Illinois General Assembly approved the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, HB 1438, on May 31, 2019. It states that adults over the age of 21...

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July 1, 2019

Improve Your Kansas Workplace With Random Drug Testing

Marijuana is still fully illegal in the Sunflower State. Thus, the drug has not been decriminalized, is not approved for medicinal purposes, and can certainly not be used recreationally. Therefore, business owners are free to authorize policies...

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July 1, 2019

Getting A Job Is Not The Only Reason Why People Need Drug Screenings

Yes, drug tests are essential for employers to keep a drug-free workplace and ensure that employees are not breaking company policies. However, soon, some places like New York City, Nevada, and Illinois will no longer allow business owners to deny...

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July 1, 2019

A New Law In Nevada Prohibits Employers From Testing For Marijuana

Governor Sisolak signed Assembly Bill 132 on June 5, 2019. What does that mean? Well, it is the first state-wide ban on pre-employment drug testing for marijuana. Basically, AB132 is an amendment to Chapter 613 – Employment Practices. It...

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July 1, 2019

Divorce Proceedings May Involve Child Custody Drug Testing

Most couples don't want to hear the words separation or divorce, much less think about the situations. However, for various reasons, sometimes things happen, and those are the outcomes. Some of the most common causes of divorce in the United...

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May 28, 2019

What Employers Need To Know About Georgia Drug Testing

As the ‘green wave’ continues to move across the country and marijuana is legal in more and more places, it’s often easy for employers to assume that they’re losing their rights. Nothing could be further from the truth, and...

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June 22, 2019

Most Common Drug Test Panels

You are trying to order a drug test and being asked what drug test panel do you need.  You think to yourself, what is a drug test panel? Drug testing is rarely done one drug at a time.  This is inefficient and more expensive then...

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June 8, 2019

Are you ready for the FMCSA Clearinghouse

All FMCSA regulated employers are likely already somewhat aware of the fact that new regulations are going into effect. Specifically, the US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Clearinghouse is slated to go...

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June 4, 2019

GrowFL Announces National Drug Screening is 9th Annual Florida Companies to Watch Finalist

(Melbourne, Fla.)  National Drug Screening, Inc. was among the first round of the 2019 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL.  The awards event - now in its ninth year - honors 50 select second-stage companies...

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June 3, 2019

New ADA Website Update

As we continue to move into an age where the internet is available in every household, it’s important for those who may have difficulty seeing, or hearing, to be able to access the information and resources available on our website. That is...

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May 28, 2019

Is It Still Worth Drug Testing Michigan Employees?

Few things have changed the landscape of America in the same way that drug laws have. And over the last few years, those laws are changing – particularly where marijuana is concerned. Simply put, legal weed is starting to sweep the nation...

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May 10, 2019

Web Portal for Medical Review Officer (MRO) Drug Test Results

All testing is performed by SAMHSA certified laboratories and lab test results are sent electronically to the NDS web portal for review and verification by the MRO team. Test results are not made available to employer representatives until the...

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May 28, 2019

What California Employers Need To Know About Marijuana

Marijuana reform essentially began in California, more than 20 years ago. Most people don’t realize it, but medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 1996, when California was the first to pass reform laws. And of course...

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May 7, 2019

How Your Employee Drug Testing Program Can Make You Money

Author: Bill Judge “Drug testing in my workplace costs too much. I don’t see the return on investment (ROI)." ~Attendee at a recent seminar Occasionally the argument of cost versus value is heard from human resource managers and...

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May 28, 2019

The Overall Positivity Rate For 2018

Every year, millions of people end up having to be screened for drugs via a 10 or 5 panel drug test. Usually, this is for pre-employment, but may also be due to random testing at work, post-accident testing, probation testing, or any other number...

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May 6, 2019

263,000 New Jobs Grows Pre-employment Drug Testing

Author: Joe Reilly May 3, 2019 – The Wall Street Journal reports “Jobless Rate Falls to Lowest in Nearly 50 Years as Employers Ramp Up Hiring.”  With 263,000 jobs added in April, drug testing companies are seeing rises in...

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May 28, 2019

The Battle Over Oregon Employee Marijuana Regulations

Oregon was one of the very first states to begin allowing recreational marijuana use, and in the years since then the state still has some of the more restrictive employee regulations. While plenty of residents in the USA look to Oregon as the...

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April 27, 2019

You Can Drop Marijuana from Your Drug Testing

Regarding Marijuana in the Workplace By Joe Reilly, President National Drug Screening, Inc A friend and the General Manager of an out of state local business asked me the other day an interesting series of questions.  The first was...

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May 28, 2019

Marijuana Use and Arkansas Employer Rights

Over the last several years, many states have begun to legalize marijuana – either for medical use only or for recreational use as well. But while that may be good news for those who want to use the drug, what about those who hire them? One...

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April 26, 2019

New Jersey Medical Marijuana Users Have New Rights

As more and more states modify their drug laws to allow for the use of medical or recreational marijuana, it leaves employees and employers confused about their rights and what steps they can take when it comes to pre-employment and random drug...

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May 28, 2019

Employers and The Kentucky Opioid Epidemic

There are plenty of parts of the US that have been hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but few have been hit as hard or as catastrophically as Kentucky. Each year more than 1,000 people die from opioid involved deaths – almost double the...

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April 26, 2019

A Guide To Creating A Drug Free Alabama Workplace

Alabama has recently begun to take the first steps towards legalizing medical marijuana in a limited way. In April of 2019, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-2 in favor of a bill that would allow for medical marijuana sales to move...

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April 26, 2019

What You Need To Know About Illinois Marijuana Legalization

A kind of green wave is sweeping the country, with marijuana being legalized in numerous states. Illinois is one of the newest to consider it, and a bill to legalize marijuana in Illinois is expected to be filed by April 29, meaning that legalized...

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April 26, 2019

What Employers Need To Know About Marijuana Laws in Nevada

Marijuana laws have changed around the nation, and numerous states continue to pass laws and regulations legalizing the use of the substance for medical use and recreational use alike. Nevada was one of the early adopters, and after the Regulation...

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April 26, 2019

What Employers Need To Know About Drug Testing in Colorado

Colorado has been one of the go-to states when it comes to making jokes about marijuana legalization. But things are very serious when it comes to legalized marijuana, and the impact has been seen in the economy in a big way. But businesses still...

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April 26, 2019

The Main Components Of A Good Workplace Drug Policy In California

California is one of the first states to go legal when it comes to marijuana, and recreational marijuana is making a huge impact on the economy, medical community, and society within the state. But while that’s fine for those who are fans of...

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April 26, 2019

New Mexico Medical Marijuana Laws Change For Employment Protection

Recently, numerous states have begun to modify their approach to marijuana laws, making medical marijuana legal and in some cases even recreational marijuana. New Mexico is one of the states that has medical marijuana laws in place, and the use of...

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April 26, 2019

North Dakota Creates Medical Marijuana Changes For Businesses

North Dakota has been one of the leading states in terms of embracing medical marijuana for patients suffering from a variety of issues. And recently, new changes were signed into law that updates the state’s medical marijuana laws. The...

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April 15, 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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April 4, 2019

Is Your Workplace Drug Free?

Reprinted from Space Coast Business Magazine Five Boxes You Need To Check Now more than ever this is an important question.  The latest survey conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (2017) showed that 30.5...

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March 26, 2019

New Utah Marijuana Laws Change Things For Employers

Marijuana reform is sweeping the nation, and every year it seems that more and more starts are adopting new laws and regulations related to the use of this drug. Recently, Utah joined the ranks by passing Utah Proposition 2 by a majority. This law...

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March 26, 2019

Is Fentanyl Still A Concern?

Today, the war against drugs rages on. And while there is a major shift towards opioids and opioid abuse, most people who hear the term immediately assume that prescription pills are the primary issue when it comes to this kind of abuse. And while...

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March 26, 2019

Michigan Passes Recreational Marijuana

Drug laws are changing around the nation, and Michigan is the latest state to adopt new drug reform concerning marijuana. Michigan Proposal 1, The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, was recently passed by a narrow majority. This...

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March 26, 2019

Missouri Medical Marijuana Regulations

Recently, drug laws concerning marijuana have begun to be reformed around the country. One of the most recent states to adopt changes to their marijuana policy is Missouri, and starting on December 6, 2018, medical marijuana will be legal for use...

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March 26, 2019

Oklahoma Unity Bill Helps Employers Deal With Marijuana Use

For years, employers around the nation have relied on the use of random drug testing, pre-employment drug screening, and more to help them identify drug use among their employees or potential employees. But the five panel drug test focuses on...

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March 26, 2019

The Future Of Pot In NC And What It May Mean To Employers

Marijuana reform has been occurring throughout the country – already 32 states have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, and many more have bills being introduced that will do the same. Among them, North Carolina seems poised to...

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March 26, 2019

Learning More About Drug Testing

Drug abuse has always been a major issue for individuals, families, and employers. Whether it’s court ordered drug testing, a pre-hiring drug screening, or something else entirely, drug testing has been used to help ensure that people remain...

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March 26, 2019

Creating The Best Experience For Drug Test Donors

Whether it’s a five panel drug test, a ten panel test, or something else entirely, drug testing has become a major part of how our country operates. But while employers and those who require a test to occur don’t have to worry too much...

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March 8, 2019

Starting A Drug Testing Business (Video Blog)

In this video of the NDS Video Blog series, Joe Reilly discusses Starting a Drug Testing Business. Starting a drug testing business is a challenge. It will take hard work, dedication, training and also some money. It will also take time and lots...

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March 3, 2019

Which Type Of Drug Test Is The Right One For Your Needs?

There is no question that when it comes to tools, a drug test can offer a lot of solutions depending on the situation. Whether it’s for child custody, employment pre-screening, after an accident, probation, or something else, drug tests are...

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March 3, 2019

What Does The 10 Panel Drug Test Look For?

Drug screenings are the new norm, with countless reasons that they occur. Whether it’s following an accident, as part of a probation or child custody order, or just to prescreen employees before they are hired, drug tests are something that...

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March 3, 2019

The Big Benefits Of Using Drug Screenings In The Workplace

Few things are becoming as commonplace as the use of drug screenings in the workplace. Whether it’s an initial employee screening before hiring or a random drug test to ensure that your employees are maintaining a drug free workplace...

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March 3, 2019

The Basics of Pre Employment Drug Screenings

While employers around the nation will have their own set of hiring standards, one thing that often remains the same is the fact that pre-employment drug tests are becoming the norm when it comes to making sure that an employee is worth adding to...

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March 3, 2019

Is An Oral Drug Test The Right Option For Your Business?

Businesses today rely on drug screenings to help them find the right employees, keep their workplace drug free, and more. But there are several different kinds of drug screens that can be done, and it’s often difficult to know just what is...

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March 3, 2019

Breaking Down The Basics Of The Swab Drug Test

When most people think of drug testing, the first thing that comes to mind is urine or blood tests. However, there are other types of tests that can be used as well. Hair is one option, but one that is beginning to see more use is the swab drug...

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March 3, 2019

All You Need To Know About Five Panel Urine Drug Tests

Drug screenings are becoming more and more commonplace throughout the country, with employers using them to screen potential employees, identify potential causes of accidents, and more. But while there are plenty of things to consider about these...

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March 3, 2019

A Closer Look At Urine Drug Tests

Drug testing has come a long way over the last few decades. Today, there are many different reasons that drug tests are used and also many different types of drug tests that can be used. And while everything from swab tests to hair tests are...

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February 27, 2019

Allowing Marijuana Use in Your Florida Workplace

Specific to Construction Industry with a high population of marijuana smokers.  Florida law – currently you can’t smoke marijuana even if you have a medical marijuana card. Company decision must be made: Will company...

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February 26, 2019

Video Blog: DER Training Part 1 of 5

Welcome to the national drug screening video Blog series. In this 5 part series, Tom Fulmer will focus on designated employer representative training. Designated Employer Representative also known as DER is the primary person responsible for the...

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