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What is your lab and MRO contact information?

MRO: Dr David Nahin i3 Screen9501 Northfield BlvdDenver CO  80238Phone:  877-295-3381Fax:  855-253-5666mro@i3screen.com SAMHSA Certified Labs: LabCorp1904 Alexander DriveResearch Triangle Park, NC  27709Phone: 800-833-3984Fax: ...

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Are there laws regulating drug testing in California?

Drug Testing Laws in California This is a “HYBRID” state, meaning some employers are required to test certain workers –Public Transportation employees (California Public Utilities Commission). Otherwise, this is a MANDATORY stat...

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Is the United States Coast Guard (USCG) a DOT Agency with respect to the DOT’s drug and alcohol testing regulation, 49 CFR Part 40?

Although included in the definition of a DOT Agency [see §40.3], the USCG is a DOT Agency with respect to Part 40 only when the USCG regulation [e.g., 46 CFR Part 16 or 46 CFR Part 4] incorporates Part 40 to carry out its chemical testing regula...

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Applying for a US Coast Guard credential, how do I get the required drug test and completion of the DOT/USCG Periodic Drug Testing Form (CG-719P)?

Very easy, all of this is provided by National Drug Screening with one easy phone call or click.  Call 866-843-4545 or Click Here. USCG DOT Urine Test with CG - 719P - This urine DOT drug test is often required by the Coast Guard and requires a...

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Is a US Coast Guard mariner employee required to have in his possession a card verifying that he/she is enrolled into a drug testing consortium?

There is no regulatory requirement for an employee to carry a form of proof that they are a member of a consortium. There is no regulatory requirement for an employee to be a member of a consortium. It is the responsibility of the marine employer to...

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Does the Coast Guard approve TPA\'s for drug testing services?

There is no regulatory requirement that a marine employer must use a testing provider that holds a USCG-issue Letter of Regulatory Compliance (LORC). The USCG has not issued an LORC since 2012. There is currently no valid USCG-issued LORC in existenc...

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I’ve got a client who had a positive DOT pre-employment test and requested split specimen testing, do I have liability if I do not hire the person as I already hired another person?

I’ve got a client who had a DOT pre-employment that went into extended lab testing and review. The client then received a call by the MRO office saying the drug test was positive for amphetamines/methamphetamine but that the job candidate had o...

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Does an MRO contact a donor with a positive drug test and what does “Awaiting Donor Contact” mean?

Yes, on a non-negative at the lab the MRO calls the donor.  They try 3 times over 24 hours, then they try to call the Company DER to have the DER tell the donor to call the MRO.  It should not be assumed at all that this result will be posi...

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Is instant drug testing for employees legal?

Generally speaking - Yes.  However the following states ban or have restrictions in place  Kansas – Prohibited for all employees. Maine – Pre-employment only. Maryland – Employer must register with the State. Pre-empl...

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What is a negative dilute drug test result?

NON-DOT TESTING  Perhaps the donor drinks a lot of water, perhaps the donor is trying to cheat the test.  A dilute specimen, by definition, is a urine specimen that has a creatinine of less than 20 g/dl but greater than 2 g/dl and a speci...

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Who determines whether an accident qualifies for a DOT post accident drug or alcohol test?

The supervisor at the scene of the accident/event should know the testing criteria and make a good faith effort decision to test or not test based on the information available at the time. The supervisor may consult with others, but the supervisor is...

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What is the detection time or look back period for hair drug testing?

How long will drugs stay in my hair? Hair testing should always be head hair if at all possible for best results. 1.5 inches of hair provides best results.  Our labs detect drug use up to 90 days with head hair. Hair shorter than 1.5 inches may ...

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How do I know that a positive result can be trusted?

Laboratory testing procedures require the specimen to undergo an initial screening that uses a standard cut off level. If a specimen is found to have a higher concentration of the drug than the initial cut off level, it undergoes further testing to...

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I was at a party where other people were smoking pot but I was not. Will passive smoke make you test positive?

The lab cut off numbers are set at a level of concentration high enough to ensure that passive smoke will not cause a positive result. Yes, she may have some level of the drug in her system, but for someone to test positive from passive smoke, they...

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What are the harmful effects of use of Marijuana?

Not surprisingly, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana's adverse im...

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How do employees benefit from a Drug Free Workplace?

Working for a company that is alcohol and drug free has a lot of advantages. Employers who maintain alcohol- and drug-free workplaces do more than just protect their business assets - they contribute to the improved safety, health and well-being of t...

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What is covered by the 5 panel and 10 panel drug test?

What drugs are tested in a five (5) panel drug test? Marijuana (THC), Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Cocaine, Opiates (heroin, codeine, morphine) and Phencyclidine (PCP)  What drugs are tested in a ten (10) panel drug test? Marijuana (THC), Me...

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What are detection times for urine and hair drug testing?

For urine specimens detection times will be 2 – 3 days; perhaps a few days longer for marijuana.  Regarding hair testing, the standard detection time is up to 90 days. A shorter detection window is available with specific request.  Y...

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What makes a drug test legally defensible?

Any drug test performed with any specimen (urine, hair, etc) should be tested with an initial screening method and then followed up with a confirmation test if the screening result is non negative.  The lab performs initial drug screening using...

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Can my employer fire me for smoking pot?

No state, that has authorized either the personal use or medical use of marijuana, prohibits an employer from including marijuana in a work-related drug testing program. Moreover, in every court decision so far, where an employee who is also a mariju...

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What are DOT Semi-Annual Statistical Summaries?

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-certified laboratories must compile and provide an aggregate statistical summary, for each employer on a semi-annual basis. These six-month periods, cover data reported each January through June and each ...

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How do I get ready for a DOT FMCSA saftey audit, inspection or new entrant exam?

FMCSA Compliance Issues Please be prepared upon a new entrant exam, inspection or safety exam to have on hand the following items for FMCSA officials who will conduct your inspections. A copy of your written Controlled Substances and Alcohol Test...

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Can you explain laboratory cut-off levels?

The standard in toxicology testing is to utilize cut-off levels. Cut-off levels are recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Drug cut-off levels are the minimum concentrations of drugs or metabolites that must be p...

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How is it that our instant tests that read positive are sometimes received back from the MRO as negative?

That is exactly why the lab confirmation test is necessary.  The instant test is not accurate for negative positive results.  It could have been an over the counter medication, it may have been reversed by MRO due to a prescription or perha...

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If a donor leaves in the middle of a shy bladder during their pre-employment test, would this be considered a refusal to test?

A: This is a tough question to answer and final decision will rest upon the DER.  Many would say that no it is not a refusal because it is pre-employment.  Here is what 49 CFR Part 40 says: 40.191 a (2) Fail to remain at the testing site u...

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Does a C/TPA managing a Coast Guard Consortium have any reporting requirements to Coast Guard?

Answer from Former Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for the US Coast Guard, Robert Schoening ...  There are no mandatory reporting requirements for C/TPAs. The regs are that the marine employer is responsible for all reporting&nb...

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What are common drug testing panels with abbreviations?

What are common drug testing panels? 10 Panel Drug Test: AMP-Amphetamines, MAMP-Methamphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy COC-Cocaine OPI-Opiates PCP-Phencyclidine THC-Marijuana BZO-Benzodiazepines BAR-Barbiturates MTD-Methadone PPX-Propoxyphene Met...

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What can I expect from by FMCSA new entrant exam?

The FMCSA New Entrant will be monitored during the initial 18-month period. Generally audits, compliance reviews/interventions take place at the principal place of business. Some are conducted via mail or electronic.  What to expe...

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Are you Required to Have a Drug Free Workplace Program?

Based on certain Federal or State laws many businesses are required to have a Drug Free Workplace program.  This article will outline the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988. The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires som...

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What is a DER or Designated Employer Representative?

The DER is a term used in DOT drug and alcohol testing programs and recently also becoming popular for non-DOT drug and alcohol testing programs.  The DER or primary contact person is the employer representative for the drug and alcohol testing...

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Is Supervisor Training required for Owner Operators?

Owner operators are not subject to DOT supervisor training.  49 CFR 382.603 is the applicable regulation requiring supervisors of commercial motor vehicle drivers who operate vehicles that require a commercial driver license to take 60 minutes ...

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Can you please explain why confirmation cutoff levels are lower than screening levels?

For drug screening tests, a cut-off is chosen that will optimize drug detection but minimize the number of false positive results. It is important to note that a negative sample doesn’t mean that it is drug free; it might contain a drug at a co...

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Are employers testing for K2 and Bath Salts?

Over the last few years, synthetic drug use has expanded among young adults. Concerned employers should include a provision in their drug testing policy specifically prohibiting the use and/or possession of synthetic drugs while on company property, ...

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What is a D and L isomer test?

If the donor were to claim that they had a methamphetamine positive because they used a Vicks inhaler, then the MRO would order a d/l isomer separation to determine if the drug present in the specimen is at least 80% l-methamphetamine.  If the s...

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Why is it necessary is that instant drug testing results that screen non negative be sent to a lab for confirmation testing?

The primary reason being that all instant non-negative are only 97%-98% accurate which is shown on a package insert for any brand that is FDA Cleared. All positive initial screens should be confirmed by GC/MS (Gas Chromatagraph/Mass Spectrometry) at...

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What if the driver of the passenger vehicle in the above situation is only moderately injured and receives immediate treatment away from the scene of the accident?

Your driver would require a drug and alcohol test ONLY if he/she received a citation for a moving traffic violation which is unlikely since he/she was stopped at a stop sign. ...

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What if an alcohol and drug test cannot be performed within the allotted times? Am I in violation of the regulations?

You are in violation only if you do not document and maintain a record on file of why the tests were not able to be conducted. ...

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What if a driver is involved in an accident in which a vehicle is towed and he/she receives a citation a week later?

There is no need to conduct an alcohol or a drug test if more than eight hours and 32 hours, respectively, have passed since the accident happened.  ...

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Can I get the quantitative (quant) level of a positive drug screen?

The quantitative (quant) level of a positive drug screen specifically indicates whether a drug or a drug indicator was detected in the donor’s system at the time of collection.    The Question of Quantitative ...

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What are DOT MIS Reports or Management Information System Reports?

Management Information System reports apply to DOT testing only.  The MIS report is submitted on a MIS DATA Collection Form.  There are varying requirements for MIS reporting depending on the mode of transportation the employer is...

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What is the Best Drug Test Panel to Order?

Every company is different and company drug free policies often spell out the test panel you will be testing for.  Our recommendation is to test for a five panel DOT Look a Like, a ten panel DOT Look a Like or a ten panel DOT Look a Like with Ex...

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What must the MRO include on the final drug testing result report?

MRO/TPA Drug Test Results Report Checklist The MRO may use a signed or stamped and dated legible photocopy of Copy 2 of the CCF to report test results.  If the MRO does not report test results using Copy 2 of the CCF, he or she must provide a w...

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When will DOT approve electronic custody and control (eCCF) forms?

It is approved but not available yet, watch for further updates. The final rule was issued Monday, April 13, 2015. Notice:  Electronic Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form 49 CFR Part 40 – Final Rule (FR) Effective April 13, 20...

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Do you offer 24/7 emergency drug test collections and breath alcohol testing for post-accident and reasonable suspicion testing?

Yes, National Drug Screening can facilitate 24/7 emergency drug test collections and breath alcohol testing for post-accident and reasonable suspicion testing. 24/7 Emergency Collections for Drug and Alcohol Testing available direct from USA Mobile ...

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Which is better for drug testing, blood or urine?

Blood is not necessarily better then urine.  Urine is the standard for workplace testing in the United States.  Blood testing is invasive and the testing is expense ($150 +) and takes 4 – 5 days.  Mistakes happen because they do...

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For US Coast Guard Testing - Are foreign flagged ships and crews subject to DOT drug & alcohol testing?

If a foreign flagged ship has a Serious Marine Incident (SMI) in U.S. waters, they are required to do DOT drug and alcohol testing. The term Serious Marine Incident (SMI) includes the following events involving a vessel in commercial service: (a) An...

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Can you provide a National Drug Screening brochure on employer drug testing?

Basically our web site is our company brouchure, but here is some great information about National Drug Screening and employer drug testing. Drug & Alcohol Testing from National Drug Screening  National Drug Screening, Inc. provides high q...

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What is a shy bladder in DOT drug testing?

Shy Bladder in DOT Drug Testing .... SHY BLADDER - INABILITY TO PROVIDE AN ADEQUATE URINE SPECIMEN FOR A DRUG TEST US DOT has provided specific procedures for dealing with applicants or employees who present for a DOT urine test, but are unable to ...

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Do you provide court ordered drug testing for probation and other court cases?

Yes, we offer court ordered drug testing for probation and other court cases.  Many times individuals are required to have court ordered drug testing for probation and other court cases, we can help you with immediate drug and alcohol testing.&n...

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Is National Drug Screening a SAMSHA Certified Lab?

National Drug Screening (NDS) is not a laboratory. NDS provides drug testing services utilizing SAMSHA Certified Labs.  So what is a SAMSHA Certified Lab? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the...

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What are requirements for a drug testing policy for a trucking or bus company?

The DOT, along with FMCSA, have regulations requiring commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators required to maintain a commercial driver's license (CDL) to be tested for alcohol and drugs Part 382.601 provides for Policy Components Required by the F...

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What are the trade names for the expanded opiates?

Hydrocodone: Vicodin®’, Lorcet®’, Lortab®’, Hycodan®’ Hydromorphone: Dilaudid®’ Oxycodone: Endocet®’, Endodan®’, Percocet®’, Percodan®’, OxyContin®&rsqu...

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What are common drug testing panels?

Five Panel: Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, cannabinoids), Phencyclidine (PCP – angel dust), Amphetamines (including methamphetamines, also known as crystal meth), Opiates (including heroin, codeine and morphine) Nine Panel: Cocaine, Marijuana (THC, ...

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Can you test for date rape drugs?

Yes, the Date Rape Panel test can be either urine or hair.  It is an extensive and expensive test panel and takes 1-3 weeks for the results to come back. What are date rape drugs - These are drugs that are sometimes used to assist a sexual assa...

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What is the DOT five panel test?

As specified in DOT regulations 49 CFR part 40, Section 40.87; the following substances will be tested for: (subject to change if the regulation changes) Initial test analyte Initial test cutoff concentration Confirmatory test anal...

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What are Signs That Drug or Alcohol Use is Becoming a Safety or Health Hazard at Work?

Supervisors can play a powerful role in improving workplace safety by intervening and encouraging workers with alcohol or drug problems to seek help. But just how can you tell whether a worker is misusing drugs or alcohol? Both on and off the job, s...

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What States have medical marijuana laws?

Currently as  July 2014,  20 states have laws that allow for the use of medical marijuana: Alaska Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Hawaii Illinois Maine Massachusetts Michigan Montana Nevada New Hamps...

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What is specimen validity testing (SVT)?

Specimen validity testing (SVT) often called testing for nitrates or Test Sure (TS) is is performed on a drug screen specimen to detect substitution, adulteration, or dilution. Substitution - Submission of a specimen that is not characte...

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Can Attorneys Order Drug Testing For Clients?

...Yes, we work with attorneys all the time for various drug testing and DNA Paternity testing cases. As you know, substance abuse is a huge problem in the United States with over 22 million Americans admitting to using illicit drugs in the past 30 ...

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Do you offer training and consulting for drug testing programs?

... Our company President Joe Reilly is known throughout the United States as an expert in the drug testing industry, Mr. Reilly has served as an expert witness and has provided consulting, speaking engagements and training programs for many org...

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What is a negative dilute drug test result?

NON-DOT TESTING  Perhaps the donor drinks a lot of water, perhaps the donor is trying to cheat the test.  A dilute specimen, by definition, is a urine specimen that has a creatinine of less than 20 g/dl but greater than 2 g/dl and a speci...

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What Happens if my Employees Don’t Complete the Random Drug Testing Selections?

Random Drug Testing ...There are two answers to the question on random drug testing depending on whether the random selection program is a DOT regulated program or a non-DOT program.  National Drug Screening random drug testing random managemen...

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What Happens When an Employee Tests Positive?

... Employee Tests Positive ... When you find out that your employee tested positive on a drug test, here are a few things that typically happen and how to deal with them. First off you must understand that the specimen went to a laboratory fo...

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What are common drug testing panels?

10 Panel Drug Test: AMP-Amphetamines, MAMP-Methamphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy COC-Cocaine OPI-Opiates PCP-Phencyclidine THC-Marijuana BZO-Benzodiazepines BAR-Barbiturates MTD-Methadone PPX-Propoxyphene Meth - Methaqualone  9 Panel Drug...

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Does DOT allow electronic custody and control forms for required DOT drug testing?

June 1, 2014  - Not currently but soon. May 29, 2014 - Last week, the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry (DATIA) put on an outstanding conference for professionals in the drug and alcohol industry.    The conference had record br...

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How can I order a drug test today?

Call Now for a drug test today: 866-843-4545. If you need a drug test today, look no further – National Drug Screening can help you with one phone call. We can schedule your drug test in one of our local drug testing centers just minutes from w...

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Why do Employers Conduct Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing?

...Post Accident Drug Testing ... Why do Employers Conduct Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing? Because the greatest financial benefit from drug testing comes from post-accident testing. For workplace safety Because the greatest financial ...

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What are your drug testing program for non regulated or non DOT employers?

Employer Drug & Alcohol Testing Programs - Drug Free Workplace ...Increase safety and productivity; reduce accidents, absenteeism, turnover and employee theft. Employer drug & alcohol testing are available to maintain a safe and drug free w...

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What are your DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Services?

DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing Services ...Serving all DOT modes of transportation with compliance and quality.  Our programs include: Required DOT drug & alcohol testing written policy Required DOT drug and alcohol testing: pre-employm...

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What configurations of instant testing or POCT products do you offer?

Assays Abbreviations Cut-Off Levels (ng/mL) Amphetamine AMP 1000 Barbiturates BAR 300 Benzodiazepines BZO 300 Buprenorphine BUP 10 Cocaine COC 300 Cocaine COC150 150 Ecstasy MDMA 500 Ma...

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What does National Drug Screening do?

National Drug Screening, Inc. (NDS) fulfills an industry need for a state of the art technology software platform combined with Medical Review Officer (MRO) services, drug testing, training and consultation.  With Nationwide service, NDS helps c...

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Do you test for buprenorphine or suboxone?

Yes, we test for buprenorphine and suboxone. Urine testing is a highly valuable means of detecting illicit drug use, whether a relapse or the start of alternate substance abuse. Suboxone contains a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorp...

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Do you offer DOT Supervisor Training?

DOT Supervisor Training Solutions ”A Supervisor’s Guide to Reasonable Suspicion Training” is a two-hour, on-line web course that discusses the testing process, signs & symptoms of drug use, confrontation procedures, referral fo...

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What are DOT MIS Reports?

Employers subject to DOT or USCG drug and alcohol testing regulations must submit their annual drug and alcohol testing data as required by their respective DOT Agency or the USCG. The annual drug and alcohol testing data being submitted for a speci...

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How can I challenge the result of my positive drug test?

Employee Tests Positive for Drugs – How does a Challenge Work?   It is important that an employee be given fair treatment.  Drug testing occurs at SAMHSA certified laboratories that routinely inspected and have strict quality contro...

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How can I find drug testing software to help manage my drug testing business?

The answer is one phone call 866-843-4545. Our software system for the drug testing and TPA business is a robust web based system ready to help you efficiently manage your drug testing business.  Our drug testing software program includes random...

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Can my employer fire me for smoking medical marijuana or recreational marijuana?

Yes, perhaps your employer can fire you for smoking medical marijuana or recreational marijuana.  If it is a DOT regulated test for your job as a transportation covered employee, you can be terminated for smoking medical marijuana or recreationa...

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What is a monitored collection in the DOT specimen collection process?

Monitored Collections DOT If you use a multi-stall restroom, you must either: Secure all sources of water and other substances that could be used for adulteration and substitution (e.g., water faucets, soap dispensers) and place bluing agent in all...

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What happens when a DOT employee has a shy bladder in the DOT specimen collection process?

Shy Bladder In a DOT collection, the donor is always required to make an attempt to void a specimen.  If thy say they cannot go right now, they are required to try anyway.  Once an unsuccessful attempt is made this starts the shy bladder p...

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Is a Medical Review Officer (MRO) required for non-DOT drug testing?

The answer is yes and no. Yes, for one important reason – reduce exposure to liability. Yes because many states require a medical review officer (MRO) in the state drug testing programs. These states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida,...

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What about medical marijuana and employee drug testing?

- Medical Marijuana and Drug Free Workplace - Of course federal law still lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug, with no legal use; and courts around the country have upheld employer’s rights to have policies against hiring employees who smoke ...

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Do you work with background check companies and members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)?

Yes, National Drug Screening provides back office services for background check companies and members of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). Our lab and MRO services are available to background check companies with ...

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We need a Medical Review Officer (MRO) for our drug testing program, can you help us?

Yes, we can help we offer Medical Review Officer (MRO) services for drug testing programs.  Licensed physicians performing medical review officer (MRO) services for National Drug Screening are trained and certified by the American Associati...

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Who is National Drug Screening?

National Drug Screening, Inc. (NDS) will fulfill an industry need for a state of the art technology software platform combined with Medical Review Officer (MRO) services, drug testing, training and consultation. Services will be offered to small and ...

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