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  • Alcohol, medicinal marijuana sales spike amid coronavirus pandemic

    April 01 , 2020 12:22 pm

    Maryland's alcohol and medicinal marijuana businesses are booming amid the coronavirus pandemic as many residents spend a lot of time at home.

    Shawan Liquors in Cockeysville is experiencing an increase in business that it has never seen before.

  • DOT Guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations

    March 31 , 2020 12:17 pm

    DOT Guidance on Compliance with DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations

    On March 23, 2020, the USDOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Compliance and Enforcement (ODAPC) issued a

  • Does a Failed DOT Drug Test Go on Your Record?

    March 26 , 2020 09:25 am
    Failed DOT Drug Test

    Since the early 1990s, the Department of Transportation has used drug and alcohol testing to monitor safety-sensitive transportation employees. This ensures that pilots, truck drivers, mass transit operators, and other professionals operate in a drug-free and alcohol-free environment. If you have recently gone through drug and alcohol testing, you may wonder, "Does a failed DOT drug test go on your record?" The short answer is yes, but that does not mean you are without options. Read on to learn how DOT positive test results are reported.

  • Will CBD Oil Make You Fail a Drug Test?

    March 13 , 2020 03:34 pm
    CBD Oil and Drug Tests

    The use of cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) went through a dramatic increase over the last few years. In fact, 14% of U.S. adults now say they use CBD products. While the accessibility of CBD oil is prevalent, the Department of Transportation has issued a notice regarding CBD products and usage. Will CBD oil make you fail a DOT drug test?

  • COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

    March 13 , 2020 12:37 pm
    microscope COVID-19

    As people across the U.S. and the rest of the world contend with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the research community should be alert to the possibility that it could hit some populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) particularly hard. Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. People with opioid use disorder (OUD) and methamphetamine use disorder may also be vulnerable due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health.

  • Life after a Failed DOT Drug Test in Texas

    March 03 , 2020 01:10 pm
    failed dot drug test in texas

    The US Department of Transportation requires drug and alcohol testing for safety-sensitive positions, ranging from CDL drivers to flight attendants and beyond. These testing programs are designed to protect the public safety. If you have recently failed a DOT drug test in Texas, you are still be eligible to return to work if you work with a DOT qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) to complete the Return-To-Duty steps to restore your career.

  • Kratom Included in Areas of Concern in Trends Report

    March 03 , 2020 08:16 am

    Besides confirming its 

  • FMCSA Clearinghouse snares 8,000 violations since January startup

    March 02 , 2020 10:11 am

    Close to 8,000 positive substance abuse tests and more than 650,000 registrations have been recorded in the first seven weeks of the federal Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

  • Reminder for SAPS: Register to Receive Driver Designation Requests

    February 20 , 2020 10:54 am

    Before you can record information about a driver’s return-to-duty (RTD) process in the Clearinghouse (as required per §

  • DOT CBD Notice

    February 19 , 2020 08:33 am
    DOT CBD Notice

    The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, Pub. L. 115-334, (Farm Bill) removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.  Under the Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing a concentration of up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not controlled substances.  THC is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana.

  • Conducting Bulk Queries

    February 13 , 2020 11:52 am
    DOT Clearinghouse

    Upload multiple queries at once using the bulk upload option

  • Feds allow use of opioid funds to stem meth, cocaine surge

    February 05 , 2020 12:24 pm
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    Washington — Alarmed by a deadly new twist in the nation's drug addiction crisis, the government will allow states to use federal money earmarked for the opioid epidemic to help growing numbers of people struggling with meth and cocaine.

  • FMCSA Gives Bus Drivers Exemption From California Rest-Break Rules

    February 04 , 2020 10:22 am

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has granted a petition submitted by the American Bus Association that exempts bus drivers from following California’s meal-and-rest-break rules.

  • FMCSA plans large truck crash study

    February 03 , 2020 12:37 pm
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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to take factors such as texting and other cellphone distractions into account in gathering data for its first large truck crash study in more than 15 years.

  • USDA Extends Public Comment Period on Hemp Rule to Jan. 29

    January 13 , 2020 10:53 am

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the public comment period on its interim final hemp rule for 30 days — until Jan. 29.

  • Cannabidiol and drug tests

    January 10 , 2020 12:50 pm
    CBD oil

    What is CBD?

  • FMCSA random drug testing rate increases to 50% and alcohol will remain at 10%

    January 09 , 2020 09:29 am

    The FMCSA announces that it is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) requiring a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from the current rate of 25 percent of the average number of driver positions to 50 percent of the average number of driver positions, effe

  • 'Cannabis Use Disorder' Up in States That Legalized Recreational Pot

    December 03 , 2019 08:30 am
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    The researchers compared marijuana use in Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon -- the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana -- before and after legalization. The investigators also compared trends in those states with states that did not legalize recreational marijuana.

  • US senators introduce ‘Women in Trucking’ bill

    December 02 , 2019 11:15 am
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    Two U.S. senators have introduced legislation that would require the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to take a formal role in supporting women drivers.

  • SAPAA 2019-2020 Leadership Announced

    November 08 , 2019 08:33 am
    Sandra Serrano

    Congratulations to Sandra Serrano, SAPAA President-Elect 2019-2020. Sandra has been an active member of the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016. As a Board member, she has utilized her experience to help further SAPAA’s mission to promote the highest standards of quality and integrity in the field.

  • Query Plans Now Available for Purchase

    November 07 , 2019 08:26 am

    Query Plans Now Available for Purchase

  • FAA Updates DroneZone

    November 05 , 2019 08:45 am

    Upgrades to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) DroneZone now allows recreational flyers to request airspace authorizations in controlled airspace where the 

  • Trucking Law: Coping with diabetes easier than in the past

    November 04 , 2019 08:00 am

    Drivers have diabetes mellitus (DM), specifically Type II DM, at a higher rate than the general public. This is likely rooted in the sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices many drivers make, so some of them are treated with simple lifestyle and diet changes. Others receive oral medications or insulin.

  • Cannabis Abyss: Keeping up with Workplace Drug Testing

    November 01 , 2019 09:35 am

    As more states have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the number of companies utilizing drug tests, particularly for marijuana, has begun to decline.

  • Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping, Products

    October 28 , 2019 02:55 pm

    CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments, and other clinical and public health partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of lung injury associated with use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products.

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