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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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23 Dec 2017

Suggested Policy Addendum for New DOT Drug Testing Rule

This following is not legal advice, it is provided for your information and is a sample addendum to update the DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy in accordance with the new DOT rule effective 01/01/2018. Company Name...

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08 Dec 2017

PHMSA Raises Random Testing Rate to 50% for 2018

Pipeline Hazardous Materials Services Administration (PHMSA) announced in the Federal Register dated December 8, 2017 that the random testing rate for drugs would increase from 25% to 50%.  The question remains why and how did this...

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04 Dec 2017

Should I be Using the New DOT Custody and Control Form?

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently approved a revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF).  The revised CCF can be viewed at: http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/DownloadDocument?objectID=73335901 There have...

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21 Nov 2017

DOT Final Rule for Employers

Thank you to attorney Tommy Eden of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP for providing this great information for DOT regulated employers.  Tommy can be reached at teden@constangy.com or visit his Blog. 2018 TO DO LIST FOR DOT...

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21 Nov 2017

New Rule - DOT Covered Employees

Thank you to attorney Tommy Eden of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP for providing this great information for DOT regulated employees.  Tommy can be reached at teden@constangy.com NOTICE TO DOT REGULATED EMPLOYEES OF NEW...

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14 Nov 2017

Analysis of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule Published November 13, 2017 PART II

This is Part II of Robert Schoening’s analysis of the Final Rule about the changes to 49 CFR Part 40 to be effective be January 1, 2018.   Read Part I Additional changes other than the name change of “Opiates&rdquo...

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12 Nov 2017

Expanded Opiates for DOT Drug Testing

This is Part I of two articles to explain and analyze the Department of Transportation (DOT) Final Rule Published November 13, 2017.  This analysis is provided by Robert Schoening, the former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast...

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08 Nov 2017

The MRO and Safety Concerns

Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations direct the medical review officer (MRO) on dealing with a situation where a drug test is negative but the MRO gains knowledge of a prescribed medication.  This prescribed medicine may or may not...

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02 Nov 2017

Standing Firm: Marijuana Workplace Solutions in Light of CT Decision

This is a guest blog from Attorney Tommy Eden from Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP  >>> Currently, 28 states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and 8 states (Nevada, Colorado...

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26 Oct 2017

Video Blog: Fingernail Drug Testing and Collection

While fingernail testing is not the most common drug test specimen, there are some instances when it is the best choice. Fingernail and toenail specimens, unlike urine or oral fluid samples, yield information about drug exposure time frames...

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26 Oct 2017

Video Employee Spotlight: Valerie Carlson

Congratulations to Valerie Carlson of the employee spotlight. Valerie is a longtime member of our sales team at National Drug Screening. Her desire to help people and her attention to detail is something clients greatly value. Thanks for your...

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11 Oct 2017

2017: Drugs in the Millennial World

2017: Drugs in the Millennial World By Katherine Miller, Current Consulting Group, LLC,  2017 has been a busy year in the world of drug testing.  As of July, twenty-nine drug testing laws, forty medical marijuana laws, eighteen...

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18 Oct 2017

Video Employee Spotlight: Erika Hammer, Sales Support Team

This weeks spotlight is Erika Hammer, one of our top performers on our sales team at National Drug Screening. She does an amazing job supporting our clients and working with other team members to meet our goal of providing amazing service! Thanks...

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18 Oct 2017

PHMSA Drug & Alcohol Drug Testing Programs

US Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration requires drug and alcohol testing of employees of companies involved with the natural gas pipeline system in the United States and its hazardous liquid...

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18 Oct 2017

Video Employee Spotlight: Char Clark - Customer Support Team

Spotlight on Char Clark, one of our customer support superstars! Thanks for all you do at National Drug Screening for our clients and our team!

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02 Oct 2017

Expanded Opiates Testing and New CCF Form - Not for DOT

>>>  There has been some confusion concerning the implementation of the expanded Opiate Panel testing on October 1, 2017. The expanded opiate panel will be implemented only for Federal Agencies that perform Federal drug testing in...

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27 Sep 2017

A Comparison of Urine, Hair, and Oral Fluid Drug Testing Methods

Guest Blog - David Bell, CEO of USA Mobile Drug Testing Drug testing is a common component in the workplace as part of the hiring and promotion process, as well as part of at-work accident investigations.  An important part of drug testing...

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02 Oct 2017

September Contest Winners Announced - Collector Crossword Challenge

We are pleased to announce the winners of the September National Drug Screening Collector Crossword Challenge. Throughout the year National Drug Sreening holds fun contests for you to test you drug and alcohol testing industry knowledge. Make sure...

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22 Sep 2017

Drug Slang Decoded: OxyContin

OxyContin (oxycodone) is an opioid pain medication. Oxycodone is a morphine-like, strong pain-relief medicine used for the relief of severe pain that is unresponsive to less potent pain-relief medicines (analgesics). An opioid is sometimes called...

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