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  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the 2017 Federal Custody and Control Form (CCF)

    August 10 , 2017 11:57 am
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    Effective August 8, 2017, the Federal CCF may be used as a paper or electronic form. The expiration date is August 31, 2020 and a  sample of the form is available on OMB’s website.

  • Iowa officials warn public about counterfeit oxycodone

    August 03 , 2017 01:07 pm
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    Health and safety agencies in Iowa have issued an advisory to warn Iowans of counterfeit pain pills containing dangerous synthetic opioids. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s (DCI) laboratory analyzed pills made to resemble the prescription pain reliever oxycodone, finding them to contain more powerful and illicit synthetic opioids fentanyl and U-47700, putting users at higher risk of opioid overdose.

  • SAMHSA reveals new reports on the state of quality assurance practices in the behavioral health workforce

    August 02 , 2017 12:19 pm
    Substance Abuse Managers Meeting

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration unveiled two new data reports on the state of quality assurance practices related to the workforce in substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities. The quality assurance practices include continuing education requirements for staff, regularly scheduled case review with a supervisor, and case review by an appointed quality review committee.

  • ASAP is heading to Nevada for the SAPAA Conference on August 22-25th

    August 01 , 2017 12:43 pm
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    This year marks SAPAA’s 25th anniversary.

  • 'Gray' Death Causes Worry

    July 11 , 2017 09:32 am
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    It's being called "gray death" — a new and dangerous opioid combo that underscores the ever-changing nature of the U.S. addiction crisis.

  • Definition of ‘addiction’ clouded by mainstream usage

    July 07 , 2017 09:05 am
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    In 2008, a research paper published by a psychology professor and two undergraduate students at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., found that 10% of Harry Potter fans surveyed reported showing characteristics of addiction after the final book in the popular series was released.

  • FMCSA Urges Everyone to Share the Road Safely

    July 06 , 2017 09:29 am
    Share the road

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues its efforts to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses through a newly formed partnership under the Our Roads, Our Safety campaign.

  • Drug Impaired Driving Report

    June 06 , 2017 12:47 pm
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    Drug-impaired driving is an increasingly critical issue for states and state highway safety offices. In 2015, the most recent year for which data are available, NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reported that drugs were present in 43% of the fatally-injured drivers with a known test result, more frequently than alcohol was present (FARS, 2016). NHTSA’s 2013–2014 roadside survey found drugs in 22% of all drivers both on weekend nights and on weekday days (Berning et al., 2015). In particular, marijuana use is increasing.

  • ASAP Releases a new course, Survey of Psychoactive Drugs: Opioids

    June 01 , 2017 03:37 pm
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    ASAP has released a 3rd course in its Survey of Psychoactive Drugs series. This one addresses opioids and is written by Reed Morrison, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and our CEO.  Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the legally prescribed pain relievers oxycodone, oxycontin, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and others. They act on opioid neuroreceptors in the brain to produce pleasure and relieve pain. They are also dangerously addictive.

  • National Prevention Week

    May 10 , 2017 08:06 am
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    Mark your calendars! SAMHSA’s next National Prevention Week will be from May 14 to 20, 2017. Each year around this observance, communities and organizations across the country come together to raise awareness about the importance of substance use prevention and positive mental health. The theme for NPW 2017 is: Making Each Day Count. Learn More

  • ASAP is Going to DATIA

    May 09 , 2017 07:56 am
    DATIA 2017 Conference

    ASAP will be joining industry professionals from all over the world on May 16-18 in Orlando, FL. We would like to hear about how we can help YOU. So stop by Booth #500 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary at ASAP. Learn More

  • Drugged-Driving Fatalities Have Exceeded Drunk Driving Fatalities for the First Time in U.S. History

    May 04 , 2017 09:33 am
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    With more states legalizing marijuana and record numbers of people dying from drug overdoses, concerns about drug-impaired driving are escalating. While we have made progress in combatting drunk driving in recent decades, drug use by drivers continues to rise. In fact, in 2015 (the most recent national data available) drugs were present in 43% of the fatally-injured drivers with known test results, appearing more frequently than alcohol. Learn More

  • ASAP will be in New Orleans at AAOHN

    April 12 , 2017 10:45 am
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    ASAP is going to the AAOHN 2017 National Conference. Hope to see you on April 24-27 at Booth 257. We would love to tell you about what has changed and what is up and coming in the industry, as we celebrate our 20th anniversary at ASAP!  Learn More

  • 7 in 10 US Workplaces Hit by Opiod Abuse

    April 10 , 2017 10:04 am
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    The National Safety Council report also found that while 71 percent of employers believe that abuse of opioid prescription painkillers is a disease that requires treatment, 65 percent also consider it a justifiable reason to fire a worker. Learn More

  • Coverage of Maintenance of Way (MOW)

    April 07 , 2017 10:22 am
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    FRA is expanding the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover MOW employees. MOW employees will become subject to FRA random drug and alcohol testing on June 12, 2017 when the final rule takes effect. Learn More

  • China's fentanyl ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic, DEA officials say

    March 12 , 2017 11:49 am
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    China will ban the manufacture and sale of four variations of the synthetic drug fentanyl starting March 1, a move that US Drug Enforcement Administration officials call a "game-changer" for the United States' battle with manufactured opioids. Learn More

     

  • Trucking Alliance Pulls Hard for Hair-Testing

    March 10 , 2017 08:33 am
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    The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. “Trucking Alliance”) has submitted a set of detailed comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that strongly support a petition calling for motor carriers to be exempt from having to use urinalysis to test for drug use by CDL driver applicants. Four of the six petitioners are member companies of the Trucking Alliance. Learn More

  • ASAP Celebrates 20 Years of Saving Lives!

    March 09 , 2017 07:03 am
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    American Substance Abuse Professionals, the nation’s leading provider of Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and drug-free workplace services, is celebrating its 20th year of Saving Lives By Changing Lives. ASAP was founded in 1997 to protect public safety by helping employers and their safety-sensitive employees comply with substance use regulations and employment substance use policies.

  • Saint Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Prevention - March 17, 2017

    March 08 , 2017 12:20 pm
    Saint Patrick's Day Prevention

    For too many in the United States, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Over St. Patrick's Day from 2011 to 2015, a total of 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes.

  • ASAP Goes to Washington

    February 28 , 2017 02:09 pm
    Washington, DC

    ASAP VP, Cathi Hyde and Marketing Manager, Lynne Leidy lobbied in Washington on February 14 on behalf of Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA), a national advocacy group that promotes research for migraine disease. The effort, called Headache on the Hill, was aimed at garnering congressional support to sponsor a bill to fund much-needed research for migraine treatment and the management of migraine-related pain.  The ASAP duo were accompanied by neurologist, Robert E. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in headache treatment.

  • How to Treat an Opioid Epidemic

    February 14 , 2017 07:25 am
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    The grim faces of the nation’s opioid epidemic—an overdosing parent slumped in the front seat of a car, mouth agape, with a neglected child in the rear seat—have become too familiar in recent years. More babies are now being born with narcotics in their systems, foster care is strained, and growing numbers of grandparents are raising the children of their own addicted children.

  • What's Behind the Rise in Cocaine-Linked Deaths?

    February 13 , 2017 08:46 am
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    America’s opioid epidemic is fueling a startling increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths in recent years, as users mix de

  • DOT Proposes Adding 4 Opioids to Drug testing Panel

    February 11 , 2017 05:16 pm
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    The Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its drug-testing program regulation to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, (MDEA) as a confirmatory test analyte. The proposed revision of the drug-testing panel is intended to harmonize with the revised Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Federal drug-testing programs for urine testing.

  • American Heart Month

    February 10 , 2017 01:05 pm
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    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

    The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

  • FMCSA Announces Controlled Substances Random Testing Rate for Calendar Year 2017

    January 06 , 2017 03:20 pm
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    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)  announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25 percent for calendar year 2017.  

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