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April 6, 2020

When Employees Abuse Marijuana and Alcohol in Times of High Anxiety

Guest Blog Post by Lori LalSenior Consultant for National Drug Screening, Inc Substance Abuse May Rise During the COVID-19 Pandemic In these uncertain and anxious times amidst a global pandemic, individuals with addiction issues are suddenly...

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April 2, 2020

Are Drug Testing Facilities Open During COVID-19 Shutdown

So, you need a drug test, why? Getting a new job Required random drug test for your job Required return to duty or follow up testing for your job Probation or court ordered Many other reasons So where can you get a drug test done? ...

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April 1, 2020

Which Labs Perform Hair Drug Testing?

National Drug Screening works with collection facilities across the United States that collect hair specimens for hair drug testing.  Collecting hair specimens is much different from performing analysis of hair specimens, the actual testing...

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March 25, 2020

Drug Testing During a Pandemic: COVID-19 & Collection Site Safety

Guest Blog Post by Lori LalSenior Consultant for National Drug Screening, Inc On March 23, 2020, the DOT provided guidance relating to drug testing concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. See...

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March 24, 2020

Impairment vs. Under the Influence - Impairment and Drug Testing

- Guest Blog Writer: Bill Current - Bill Current is the President and Founder of the Current Consulting Group, LLC  This information is provided for educational purposes only. Reader retains full responsibility for the use of the...

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March 22, 2020

Inside Drug Testing March 2020 - Crisis Preparation

In drug testing, as well as background screening, crisis situations like the one we are currently facing, a global pandemic, may affect your business in a number of ways. What will you do in a crisis? It's never fun, and it is sometimes scary, to...

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March 22, 2020

Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations During Pandemic. DOT Update

DOT is committed to maintaining public safety while providing maximum flexibility to allow transportation industries to conduct their operations safely and efficiently during this period of national emergency. The below guidance on compliance...

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March 21, 2020

NDASA 2020 Conference Overview Video

Over the years at many industry conferences we have seen write-ups of the important and fun highlights from those events.  We decided to record and show video of, what we believe to be the highlights and especially our team’s...

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March 18, 2020

Employee Disclosures of Prescribed Medications

The is a challenging topic as many times employers look to the drug testing program to determine if the employee is using prescribed medications or abusing prescribed medications.  When an employee has a lawful prescription that explains the...

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March 15, 2020

When is Pre-Employment Testing for THC Prohibited?

Is pre-employment drug testing for marijuana legal in the United States – mostly YES Guest Blog Writer: Katherine Miller, Director of Brand Management and ComplianceThe Current Consulting Group, LLCCurrentCompliance.org – State Laws...

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March 8, 2020

National Drug Screening announces merger with LGS Drug Testing (LGS)

Joe Reilly, President of National Drug Screening announces merger with LGS Drug Testing (LGS) located in Upland, California.Read all about it and watch a quick video. We welcome Lori to our team and welcome the LGS clients we have served behind...

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March 5, 2020

Proud to be a Member of the Business Journal Leadership Trust

Joe Reilly and National Drug Screening have been selected to join the prestigious Business Journals Leadership Trust.  This is an invitation-only network of influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs.  In the Leadership...

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March 5, 2020

Is Oral Fluid Drug Testing Legal Now?

Is Oral Fluid Drug Testing Legal Now? - Guest Blog Writer: Bill Current- Bill Current is the President and Founder of the Current Consulting Group, LLC- Discussion of the legality of lab based oral fluid testing, is it legal, has DOT...

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March 4, 2020

National Drug Screening, Inc. Earns BBB Accreditation

This week, National Drug Screening, Inc. announced its recent accreditation by BBB Serving Central Florida. As a BBB Accredited Business, National Drug Screening, Inc. is dedicated to promoting trust in the marketplace and is committed to...

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March 2, 2020

Oral Fluid Drug Testing for Post-Accident & Reasonable Suspicion

Employers are often concerned about getting a drug test completed in an after-hours situation for post-accident or reasonable suspicion drug testing.  It’s 8 o’clock at night and nowhere open to get a drug test completed. Oral...

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February 29, 2020

National Drug Screening | Drug Testing Industry Memberships

Within the drug & alcohol testing industry there are three national trade associations.  Each is unique in terms of what they offer to their members including networking opportunities, trade shows, learning opportunities, training...

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February 24, 2020

Employer Drug Testing Panels. | Different Panel Drug Tests

What are the most popular drug test panels used by employers in the United States?  We are providing a comprehensive review of common urine drug testing panels used for workplace drug testing, particularly pre-employment drug testing. For...

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February 21, 2020

Fact, Fiction or Fake News: Inside Drug Testing February 2020

In this edition of Inside Drug Testing, we talk “Fact, Fiction, & Fake News”. Everyday there are stories in the news and on the web related to false positives drug tests, marijuana and CBD, and drug testing. Some of the more recent...

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February 7, 2020

Safety Sensitive for Marijuana Drug Testing

Safety Sensitive for Marijuana Drug Testing - By Dee Mason, Working Partners®, Guest Blog Writer - See also Dee Mason on the Working Partners® Web Site  As states continue to pass marijuana laws, more states are including...

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January 28, 2020

Online Portal for Drug Test Results

Over the past five years there has been significant changes in the way employers order, schedule and receive drug test results.  The process has greatly improved with an online portal for management of your drug testing program. With an...

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January 26, 2020

NDASA Conference for Drug Testing Experts

Last year at the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) annual conference; the Honorable William J. Bennett (former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy) was featured as the keynote speaker.  This year...

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January 26, 2020

Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing is the topic of this blog article and we will discuss several different aspects of random drug testing.  These topics will include random drug testing, random alcohol testing, DOT drug testing programs, Non-DOT programs...

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January 21, 2020

Employers Can Prevent Workplace Overdoses and Accidents

Drug abuse in the United States is on the rise. As per the data published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), nearly 68.9% of people with drug problems in the country are employed either full or part-time...

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January 21, 2020

FMCSA Clearinghouse Announces Web Site Issues Corrected

As of January 22, 2020 - FMCSA Notice says: The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now fully operational, and mandatory use is now in effect. For more information on how drivers, employers, and service agents are required to use the...

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January 21, 2020

Shy Bladder Drug Test after 3 Hours

This article will discuss the shy bladder drug test when the 3 hours expires, and the donor has not provided a specimen.  We will cover for both DOT testing and NON-DOT testing. For both DOT and NON-DOT testing the initial process is the...

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January 20, 2020

Are you Ready for a DOT FMCSA Drug Testing Audit?

Are you Ready for a DOT FMCSA Drug Testing Audit? There are actually three types of DOT FMCSA drug testing audits.  These are the Safety Audit, the Focused Review and the Compliance Review.  The Safety Audit is the most common, this is...

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January 19, 2020

Inside Drug Testing Series January 2020

As we transitioned to 2020, there have been some very significant changes that have already gone into effect or will go into effect this year. These changes affect drug and alcohol testing services provided by 3rd party administrators (TPAs) and...

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January 16, 2020

State-specific Marijuana Information for Employers

UPDATE  01/17/2020 - NOW AVAILABLEMarijuana Considerations & Laws by StateWorkplace Considerations For Marijuana UseChecklist of Impacting Issues for Employee Use of Marijuana State-specific Marijuana Information for EmployersBy Dee...

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January 14, 2020

DOT Urine Specimen Collector Training Correctable and Fatal Flaws

Correctable flaws: Collectors have responsibility of trying to successfully complete a collection If you discover a problem, you must try to correct in writing by: Supplying missing information to Lab Supplying a statement for use of...

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January 6, 2020

FMCSA Clearinghouse Website Goes Live But With Issues

With Monday, January 6, 2020 being the first day of the new FMCSA Clearinghouse requirements, many users have experienced delays, time outs and crashes on the FMCSA web site - https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/ Some users have been successful...

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December 24, 2019

National Drug Screening Announces Formation of Charitable Giving Team

At NDS, the entire company banded together to make a positive difference in people's lives by supporting organizations that help our local community. MELBOURNE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2019 -- During the holidays it's not always...

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December 19, 2019

Clearinghouse Effective Date Fast Approaching

As an employer, are you regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)? If yes, we hope you are aware of the new FMCSA Clearinghouse.  As of January 6, 2020, you must be registered in the Clearinghouse and you must Query...

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December 5, 2019

What is in the Everything Drug Test?

Welcome to the NDS video blog series. Today, we're going to talk about the “everything test”, something we get asked quite often. The everything drug test request kind of reminds me of when you go to one of the bagel shops and you look...

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December 2, 2019

FMCSA Clearinghouse for Owner Operators

Today's short video is for owner operator truck drivers regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA. This is a new regulation that affects you. This is probably the biggest change in DOT drug and alcohol testing...

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November 19, 2019

Grow FL Recognizes National Drug Screening with Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch Award

On November 14, 2019 at the Hard Rock Live Event in Orlando, FL, National Drug Screening was recognized with a GrowFL Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch Award.  "This is a great honor to be selected as a GrowFL's 50 Florida...

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November 6, 2019

Owner Operators and the FMCSA Clearinghouse

For owner operator clients of National Drug Screening, please pay careful attention to these instructions: January 6th, 2020 is the effective date for the new FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  As a regulated motor carrier, you are...

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November 5, 2019

Joe Reilly Inducted into Power Memorial Academy Hall of Fame

New York City - At the annual Power Memorial Academy Reunion held Saturday, November 2; Joe Reilly was inducted into the Power Memorial Hall of Fame. Since 2011, the alumni association of New York City’s Power Memorial High School has...

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October 11, 2019

Video Blog: Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make in Drug Testing

Avoid liability and lawsuits with your drug testing program. Eliminate these top 5 mistakes employers are making in their drug testing programs. Be proactive and manage your drug testing program properly. No Program, no company policy about drug...

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October 4, 2019

Video Blog: Are You Effectively Managing Your Drug Testing Program?

Quite often we get questions about our TPA Drug Testing and MRO management software. Most often people want to know how it can help them better manage their drug testing program or if it can manage their random testing program. Having the right...

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September 30, 2019

FMCSA Clearinghouse Ready for Employers - Top 7 To Do List:

- Procrastination is not an option. By: Tommy Eden, Partner Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP  Clearinghouse Opened for Registration 9.28.2019  As with most mandated Federal Regulations, resistance is futile to the Federal...

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September 26, 2019

Employers Can Save Money on Worker's Comp Insurance

Article by Joe Reilly, President, National Drug Screening, Inc. [Reprinted from: Space Coast Business Magazine, https://www.spacecoastbusiness.com/saving-money-on-workers-comp-insurance-national-drug-screening/] There are several ways to save...

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September 17, 2019

What Are The Panels The Drug Tests Test For?

For people that now take drug tests at the workplace, or maybe even before starting work, when a job offer is made, there are some new things to learn, especially if you’re curious about the process. Workplace drug testing started in the...

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September 14, 2019

What Should You Do If Someone Refuses A Drug Test?

There can be many reasons why a business would implement a drug testing policy. For some, it’s a simple matter of maintaining order and safety, to give management and employees peace of mind that they are working in a clean and sober...

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September 13, 2019

What To Do If You Need A Probation Drug Test

Getting out prison and going on probation, or getting a suspended sentence, with probation, is often a second chance for people to get things right. The government wants to ensure that Americans who have rejoined society are truly reformed and are...

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September 11, 2019

DOT Drug Testing For Owner Operators

There’s nothing quite as American as going into business for yourself, and being your own boss. For some, that means starting in a vital trade, such as getting goods in America from one part to another. But to start driving as your business...

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September 10, 2019

Vaping: The New Craze That May Be Deadly

Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking and although it is the newest thing, the question arises "is it safe or safer?" We are now beginning to see vaping related illnesses and vaping related deaths which are leading people to re-think...

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September 9, 2019

The Facts About Oral Fluid Drug Testing

When it comes to drug testing, there are a few ways to go about it. Most people are familiar with urine testing, which has been conducted since the 1980s and is the standard that most people know. Another more recent form of testing is hair...

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September 6, 2019

The DOT Made Major Policy Changes In 2018

The Department of Transportation has regulations set in place that any businesses and professional drivers must adhere to. These regulations also include policies about drug use and the requirement that all drivers stay clean and sober while on...

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September 5, 2019

What Is A Negative Dilute Result?

On the surface, it would seem like something, such as a drug test would be simple to interpret. The result is either positive or negative, meaning that the presence of drugs was detected, or not. However, unlike computers, the world is not...

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August 31, 2019

What Are MROs & What Do They Do?

Drug testing is a complex but incredibly convenient technique that is now easily accessible to anyone who wants it. Whether it is logistics companies remaining compliant with DOT regulations, a business that wants a safer workplace, or even...

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