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  • Does a Failed Pre-Employment Drug Test Go on Your Record?

    May 28 , 2020 01:19 pm
    Drug Test Results

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requires a pre-employment drug test for all safety-sensitive employees. This includes airline workers, school bus drivers, train engineers, truck drivers, and much more. If you fail or refuse a pre-employment DOT drug test, it will hinder your ability to get a safety-sensitive job. You will have to complete a Return-to-Duty program by a DOT-qualified Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) before applying for work.

  • National Nurses Month 2020

    May 11 , 2020 02:00 pm
    Nurses Month

    As part of the "Year of the Nurse and Midwife" celebration, the American Nurses Association "will expand National Nurses Week, traditionally celebrated from May 6 to May 12 each year, to a month-long celebration in May to expand opportunities to elevate and celebrate nursing." 


  • Heavy Pot Use Linked to Mental Problems, Even After Quitting

    May 11 , 2020 01:41 pm
    Pot Leaf

    Marijuana dependence goes hand in hand with poor mental health, and problems may persist long after stopping the drug, according to Canadian researchers.

    Nearly half of people who have been or are now dependent on pot have some form of mental illness or dependence on another substance, according to a report this month in the journal Advances in Preventative Medicine. That compares with 8% of people with no history of pot dependence have mental illness or another drug or alcohol addiction.

  • Facing Addiction in America~ The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids

    May 11 , 2020 11:05 am
    Substance Use Disorder

    The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder.

    Message from the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • National Prevention Week (Substance Use Prevention)

    May 11 , 2020 10:07 am
    Substance Use Prevention

    Purpose of National Prevention Week (Substance Use Prevention) - May 10-16, 2020

    The three primary goals of National Prevention Week are to:

    - Involve communities in raising awareness of substance use and mental health issues and in implementing prevention strategies, and showcasing effectiveness of evidence-based prevention programs;

    - Foster partnerships and collaborations with federal agencies and national organizations dedicated to improving public health; and

  • What Happens If I Refuse to Take a DOT Drug Test?

    April 17 , 2020 10:04 am
    refuse DOT Drug Test

    A Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test can occur during many points of employment. You may know what happens when you fail a DOT drug test, but what if you refuse to take it altogether? Will that cost you your job, or can you simply retake the test in the future? In this article, we'll discuss what happens after you refuse to take a DOT drug test.

  • SAP Tips on Remote DOT SAP Evaluations

    April 14 , 2020 10:06 am
    Remote Evaluations

    As you know, Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) issued a much welcome Statement of Enforcement Discretion regarding the requirement for face-to-face assessments and evaluations in 49 CFR §40.291, §40.293, §40.307 and re-qualification timelines outlined in 49 CFR §40.281(d).

  • New DOT Guidance during COVID-19

    April 06 , 2020 11:04 am

    The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy and Control (ODAPC) has issued a Statement of Enforcement Discretion for Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) with regard to face-to-face SAP assessments and evaluations as outlined in 49 CFR §40.291, §40.293, §40.307 and re-qualification timelines outlined in 49 CFR §40.281(d).

  • Some positive news to keep us moving forward in COVID-19 pandemic

    April 06 , 2020 08:51 am
    Thank you

    Lowell-based carrier J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. announced Monday (March 23) it will offer a one-time, $500 bonus to drivers and employees in field operations and customer facilities that support the drivers who have kept freight moving in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The bonuses will cost between $13 million and $14 million and be given to about 23,000 employees, said Brad Delco, vice president of finance and investor relations for J.B. Hunt.

  • Five reasons why flatbed shipping is on the rise

    April 02 , 2020 08:57 am

    In recent years, the flatbed freight sector has seen a massive increase in demand. It’s so high that at times, trucking companies have had to delay shipments and deliver slower performance – they’re inundated with orders.

  • 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
    white pills

    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
    truck crash

    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.

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