Verifying Medical Marijuana Authorization — MRO or Employer?
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by Richard Matteucci
13h ago
A majority of the United States allows the legal use of medical marijuana. The medical conditions that enable its use differ from state to state. This creates a problem for employers across the board as they come against opposition from advocates for legalization. For instance, does legalization affect how they handle positive drug test results? Verifying a medical marijuana authorization needs to be part of your drug-free policy if it’s not already. Failing to do so, could lead to legal issues down the road. Forbidden territory In some states, the legislature is beginning to change regarding ..read more
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What is a Positive Dilute Drug Test Result?
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by David Bell
1w ago
When receiving a positive dilute drug test result, it doesn’t only mean the specimen was diluted. The result indicates two things—Someone tested positive for drugs. Moreover, they more than likely tried to hide it. When a drug test result indicates a negative dilute, it is still a cause for concern. That’s because even though the employee didn’t test positive for drug use, the fact that the specimen was diluted indicates to employers they may have successfully masked drug use. It’s common practice for the employer to require a second test. Sometimes, as in the case of safety-sensitive employee ..read more
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Hey, Patriotic Party Goers! Don’t Drink and Drive!
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by Richard Matteucci
1w ago
Where ever you’re unleashing your patriotic spirit this Independence Day, if you’re operating a motor vehicle, don’t drink and drive! Many people celebrate on or near the water waiting for dusk to fall anticipating beautiful firework displays to fill the sky. Cold beverages, often including those containing alcohol, are on hand to help keep people cool throughout the hot summer day. Sadly, at some point, some people get behind the wheel of a boat after drinking without giving a thought to whether or not they can operate it safely. The U.S. Coast Guard tracks the stats The United States Coast G ..read more
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DOT Publishes Oral Fluid Testing Rule Notices
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by David Bell
2w ago
The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced last week that it has published three important Federal Register notices, court decisions, and legislation regarding its final ruling on approving oral fluid drug testing of safety-sensitive employees. If you own a trucking business, you may be looking forward to switching some of your policies and procedures so you can use the oral fluid drug test. Sadly, the rulings don’t announce a start date, but they contain some important information, nonetheless. Here’s a quick overview of the announcement. Technical Amendments The notice announcing ..read more
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Did the DOT Hair Test Request Hit a Dead End?
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by Jon Spivey
3w ago
The Department of Transportation (DOT) submitted its request for the hair test to replace the urine drug test in 2015. The request has been rolling back and forth through the proper channels for nearly two decades now. Twenty years with no actual proof of progress. Originally introduced in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was instructed to finish writing its guidelines by December 2016. That deadline sure came and went, didn’t it? Employers in the trucking industry still can’t submit hair specimens for safety-sensitive em ..read more
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Does Coffee Dilute Urine for a Drug Test?
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by Amie Powell
1M ago
The answer to the question is yes. Consuming a mass quantity of any liquid before a drug test can dilute the urine—coffee included. It’s not a good idea for an employee to try and mask drug use that way though. A diluted test result raises a red flag for employers for that very reason. That said, drug users, who follow the coffee “remedy” they discover online, could easily find themselves in hot water. The coffee myths A couple of myths are floating around the internet regarding coffee and passing a company drug test. One of them is to mix Folgers—it must be Folgers, mind you—coffee with water ..read more
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DEA 2024 National Drug Threat Assessment Released
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by David Bell
1M ago
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released the National Drug Threat Assessment for 2024 in May and its findings are certainly concurrent with what we’re seeing take place across the United States. There is a definite change from plant-based drugs to synthetic drugs. Fentanyl and methamphetamine continue to destroy lives at an alarming rate. Overdose deaths, though down for the first time since 2018, continue to plague communities. Dangerously potent animal tranquilizers have been introduced into the illicit drug market—often unbeknownst to users who purchase their drug of choice not re ..read more
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Rhino Tranq Barrels into U.S. Drug Culture
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by David Bell
1M ago
The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) in Horsham, Philadelphia partners with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and tests illicit drugs. In late April, the center discovered medetomidine in the confiscated street drugs tested. Rhino tranq is what this hard-hitting sedative is called on the street and it’s even more powerful than xylazin. One hundred times more potent, it equates to being like “tranq on steroids.” Xylazin users still wander Philadelphia’s streets in a stupor. The drug also causes nasty skin ulcers to form which can eventually cause the need fo ..read more
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What is the DOT Chain of Custody?
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by David Bell
1M ago
The Department of Transportation outlines the process that all safety-sensitive employers must follow regarding drug testing. Employers of the safety-sensitive workforce must adhere strictly to the DOT chain of custody process, as should everyone who handles the specimens submitted for the DOT drug test. Making things even more concrete, collectors, lab techs, and MROs record their part of the process on the Custody and Control Form (CCF). The DOT chain of custody is in place to lessen the chance of errors during the testing process. It helps protect the drivers as well as employers though. Dr ..read more
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CDC Reports Fewer Overdose Deaths
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by Amie Powell
1M ago
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in May that the number of overdose deaths had dropped for the first time in five years. We barely had time to celebrate that fact back in 2020, however, before the pandemic threw the world into upheaval. One of the tragedies was that drug overdoses almost instantaneously began to skyrocket again. The drop in the number of overdose deaths was slight, only about 3% overall, still, every life lived rather than lost to drugs is worthy of celebration! Some states see a greater decline Four states within the central United States saw a d ..read more
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