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  • Opioids: Addictive painkillers

    December 07 , 2018 01:14 pm
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    Prescription and illegal opioids are commonly abused because they are so addictive.

  • FAA random rate will remain the same for 2019—25% for drug and 10% for alcohol

    December 06 , 2018 12:00 pm
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    Per the Federal Register Notice linked here, the FAA random rate will remain the same for 2019—25% for drug and 10% for alcohol.

  • States with legal marijuana see rise in car crashes, studies find

    December 03 , 2018 06:54 am
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     In states where recreational marijuana use is legal – Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – car crashes rose six percent, according to research from two studies.

  • Study: US drug overdose mortality rate outpaces comparable countries

    November 29 , 2018 09:52 am
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    A study published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds the United States has more than double the overdose-related deaths of at least 12 comparable countries.

  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    November 28 , 2018 11:10 am
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    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings.

  • ASAP Supports Paul's Place at the Annual Huff & Puff 5K

    November 13 , 2018 07:38 pm
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     American Substance Abuse Professionals, with their friends and family, came out to support Paul's Place at their annual Huff & Puff 5K &1M. Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, and their mission is to improve the quality of life in the Southwest Baltimore communities. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth. Learn More

  • Employees and execs are failing drug tests at shocking rates

    November 12 , 2018 02:25 pm
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    New York City employers are squarely blaming a raging drug epidemic for much of the trouble they have filling jobs in one of the tightest labor markets in a generation.More local prospective workers are testing positive for substance abuse, or showing up stoned for work, according to industry analysts.

  • Fentanyl smuggled from China is killing thousands of Americans

    November 07 , 2018 02:36 pm
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    The Zheng drug trafficking organization was hardly clandestine. The Shanghai-based network sold synthetic narcotics, including deadly fentanyl, on websites posted in 35 languages, from Arabic and English to Icelandic and Uzbek.

  • The Growing Issue of Substance Abuse in the Food Service Industry

    November 05 , 2018 01:56 pm
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    While cases of customers who suffer drug-related overdoses in private businesses are common, food service industry workers endure an increasing number of issues associated with substance abuse.

  • FTA 2019 Random Drug Testing Rate Increase

    October 19 , 2018 09:45 am
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    As mandated by its drug and alcohol regulation, FTA will increase the minimum rate of random drug testing from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to FTA’s drug and alcohol regulation, effective January 1, 2019. This change is due to an increase in the industry’s ‘‘positive rate’’ as reflected in random drug test data for calendar year 2017. Learn More

     

  • Workers Overdose on the job, and Employers Struggle to respond

    October 09 , 2018 09:21 am
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    Jimmy Sullivan prepared for his job as a bricklayer the same way every morning for years: injecting a shot of heroin before leaving his car.

    The first time he overdosed on the job, in 2013 at a Virginia construction site, a co-worker who is his cousin stealthily injected a dose of Narcan, an opioid antidote, into Mr. Sullivan’s leg. He woke up and went straight back to work.

  • Hidden forces behind the US prescription drug epidemic

    October 08 , 2018 12:20 pm
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    After noticing more and more patients in her practice struggling with prescription drug addiction, psyc

  • New lab data on cocaine addiction opens door to potential treatments

    October 06 , 2018 08:04 pm
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    A growing body of research suggests that a brain system observed by scientists for only the past two decades could end up serving as a crucial target for long-awaited medication therapies to treat cocaine dependence.

  • Police Keeping Watch on Rise of Meth in New Hampshire

    October 04 , 2018 09:42 am
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    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — Crystal meth is on the rise in New Hampshire, entering the state through main highways like Interstate 95, but Seacoast police say use of the drug does not appear to be increasing at the same rate in their cities and towns.

  • On Our Way To EAPA

    October 03 , 2018 11:07 am
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    Laura Dashner CEO & President and Sandra Serrano Chief Development Officer are presenting "An Interview with Sandra Sapp: The 2018 DOT Changes Impacting Opioid Testing" at 11:15 AM on October 13th in Minneapolis.

  • Federal drug testing expanded opiate panel impacting positivity

    September 26 , 2018 09:45 am
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    On January 1, 2018, the U.S.

  • Connecticut Federal Court Case on Medical Marijuana

    September 18 , 2018 09:57 am
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    A Connecticut Federal Court recently decided Cross Motions for Summary Judgment in favor of the Plaintiff in a medical marijuana matter involving Connecticut’s medical marijuana law. Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Co., LLC. d/b/a Bride Brook Health and Rehab. Ctr., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150453 (D. Conn. Sept. 5, 2019).

  • Drug Agency Rule to Slash Opioid Production

    September 07 , 2018 10:02 am
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    The government is seeking to tackle the opioid crisis with a crackdown on the production of prescription opioids permitted to be manufactured next year.

    In a release, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration proposes slashing "manufacturing quotas for the six most frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amounted," according to an advance version of the release viewed by Axios.

  • First Marijuana 'Breathalyzer' Test Created by California Company

    September 06 , 2018 09:17 am
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    "We are trying to make the establishment of impairment around marijuana rational and to balance fairness and safety," CEO Mike Lynn told NPR, explaining that his company has created a breath test to detect THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient in cannabis

  • ASAP is Presenting at SAPAA on September 25th in Kansas City, MO

    September 04 , 2018 02:35 pm
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     Laura Dashner, CEO  & President and Sandra Serrano, Chief Development Officer are presenting "An Interview with Sandra Sapp" at 4pm on September 25th at the SAPAA Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • Opioid Sales Have Increased 4% on the Dark Web in the Last 4 Years

    August 13 , 2018 08:58 am
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    Researchers have found out that since the prescription opioid crackdown began, sales from dark web sales for the targeted medications have steadily increased. A new study has found the rules meant to crack down on the use of opioids have turned some individuals to the black market.

  • Alcohol kills many more Americans than opioids do. Why do we think drinking is healthy?

    August 10 , 2018 12:12 pm
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    Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world, including in the United States.

  • August 31st is Overdose Awareness Day

    August 06 , 2018 11:03 am
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    International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.

    It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

    Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Wear Silver to show your support.

  • More People Are Inhaling Heroin, and It's Destroying Brain Tissue

    August 01 , 2018 08:55 am
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    More heroin users are inhaling the drug and it’s causing them irreversible brain damage and dementia, according to a recent report published in JAMA Neurology.

  • National advocate mobilizes local communities to combat drug problems

    July 09 , 2018 10:26 am
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    By the end of this year, more than three dozen communities across the country will have begun participation in a national initiative designed to bring together a diversity of stakeholders to solve local problems related to addiction.

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