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  • Many Patients Don't Need Opioids After Surgery

    June 24 , 2019 10:05 am
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    The opioid epidemic has been fueled in part by the overprescribing of painkillers. But a new study finds that up to half of patients may not actually need the addictive pills following a surgery.

    The finding could be a game-changer for post-op care, said lead researcher Dr. Michael Englesbe.

  • Updates to the Clearinghouse website

    June 20 , 2019 09:58 am
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    The Clearinghouse will improve highway safety by helping employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and State law enforcement to quickly and efficiently identify drivers who are not legally permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) due to drug and alcohol program violations. This secure online database will provide access to real-time information, ensuring that drivers committing these violations complete the necessary steps before getting back behind the wheel, or performing any other safety-sensitive function.

  • Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on new steps to advance agency’s continued evaluation of potential regulatory pathways for cannabis-containing and cannabis-derived products

    June 04 , 2019 12:37 pm
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    In recent years, we’ve seen a growing interest in the development of therapies and other FDA-regulated consumer products derived from cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and its components, including cannabidiol (CBD). This interest spans the range of product categories that the agency regulates. For example, we’ve seen, or heard of interest in, products containing cannabis or cannabis derivatives that are marketed as human drugs, dietary supplements, conventional foods, animal foods and drugs, and cosmetics, among other things.

  • Many Drug Abusers Use Family Members to 'Opioid Shop'

    June 03 , 2019 01:08 pm
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    People who are thwarted in their attempts to "shop around" for prescription opioid painkillers at doctors' offices and pharmacies may try to get the drugs via relatives as a last resort, researchers report.

    Some people who misuse opioids go to numerous prescribers and fill prescriptions at multiple pharmacies to avoid detection. But states are cracking down on such "shopping," forcing them to find other ways of getting the drugs.

  • FDA-approved naloxone devices produce substantially higher blood levels of naloxone than improvised nasal spray

    May 30 , 2019 01:00 pm

    Naloxone is a potentially life-saving drug commonly used to reverse opioid overdoses and can be injected as a liquid or delivered as a nasal spray. The fastest method of delivery is through an intravenous (IV) dose, but many first responders, police, families or friends are not well equipped or trained to quickly administer an IV in an emergency situation. Historically, many first responders have used an improvised adaptor to convert the liquid product into a rapidly acting nasal spray.

  • Drug Testing Index™: Overall Positivity Rate in 2018

    May 21 , 2019 12:41 pm
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    This interactive map shows urine drug test positivity by 3-digit zip code in the United States. The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ is a comprehensive analysis of workforce drug use trends. This map is an analysis of the combined U.S. workforce. Learn More

  • 1 in 4 marijuana users get high at work in staes with legal weed, survey says

    May 09 , 2019 01:23 pm
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    It’s probably not a good idea — and it can’t be great for productivity — but that’s not stopping a lot of Washingtonians from doing it.

    I’m talking about getting high at work.

    One in four marijuana users who are employed admit to doing this within the past year, according to a new survey of cannabis consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, three states where recreational weed is legal.

    One in four also said they’ve gotten high before work — I’m guessing it’s the same one in four, but the survey doesn’t specify.

  • Marijuana Testing of Job Applicants Is Barred by City in Groundbreaking Measure

    May 06 , 2019 09:37 am
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    Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use, under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council.

    If the drug-screening law is enacted, it would put New York in relatively uncharted territory. Several drug policy and employment experts said that they did not know of similar laws on the books, even in states that have legalized marijuana.

  • States moving to ban fake urine used to cheat drug tests

    May 03 , 2019 10:17 am
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    Drug users will go to extremes to beat a drug test. One trick they use is synthetic urine. Now seventeen states are moving to ban it. Alabama may be next in line. State Rep. Arnold Mooney of Shelby County is drafting legislation for a ban, but it is not ready to be filed.

    The products look like the real thing and are even packed with hand warmers to get them to the right temperature.

  • National Nurses Week May 6- 12th

    May 01 , 2019 02:12 pm
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    National Nurses Week is a time that celebrates the hard work that nurses do every single day to keep people healthy and safe.

    The idea for Nurses Day was first suggested in 1953 by Dorothy Sutherland, who was a part of the US Department of health.

    There was a proposal that was sent to then president Eisenhower, but it was never approved.

  • DEA National Take Back Day is Saturday April 27th

    April 26 , 2019 10:45 am
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    Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Unused prescriptions thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.

  • DOT Publishes Drug Testing Rule

    April 24 , 2019 09:35 am
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    On Tuesday, April 23, 2019, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule that makes minor technical corrections to the OST, FAA, FTA, and PHMSA regulations governing drug testing for safety-sensitive employees. 

  • Which Misused Prescription Meds Send Americans to the ER?

    April 15 , 2019 10:02 am
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    Most folks treated in a U.S. emergency room for misuse of prescription medications get into trouble because they mix different substances, a new study reports.

    Benzodiazepines like Xanax (alprazolam) and Ativan (lorazepam) are most commonly implicated in health crises that lead to an ER visit, followed by prescription opioids, researchers found.

  • Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

    April 07 , 2019 12:06 pm
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    Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren't prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, a new study finds.

    Baltimore has a thriving heroin trade and 1,000 opioid overdose deaths a year.

  • End Alcohol and Other Drug Impairment - Highway

    April 04 , 2019 01:21 pm
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    Alcohol impairment remains a leading cause of highway crashes. Nearly 30 percent of the 37,000 deaths on U.S. roads in 2017 were due to alcohol impairment, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Every day, nearly 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-impaired crashes—that’s 1 person every 50 minutes.

  • AAOHN- CEO & President of ASAP Laura Dashner is Presenting

    April 02 , 2019 09:19 am
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    Join us on April 10th at 10:30am. ASAP's  CEO & President Laura Dashner is presenting, An Interview with Sandra Sapp: New Developments for 2018 in DOT Testing and Return to Duty Process at AAOHN in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn More

  • Opioid Overdose Reversal News: FDA-approved naloxone devices produce substantially higher blood levels of naloxone than improvised nasal spray

    March 27 , 2019 12:39 pm
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    Naloxone is a potentially life-saving drug commonly used to reverse opioid overdoses and can be injected as a liquid or delivered as a nasal spray. The fastest method of delivery is through an intravenous (IV) dose, but many first responders, police, families or friends are not well equipped or trained to quickly administer an IV in an emergency situation. Historically, many first responders have used an improvised adaptor to convert the liquid product into a rapidly acting nasal spray.

  • Hospital to employees: CBD products containing THC could get you fired

    March 25 , 2019 03:05 pm
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  • FMCSA's Clearinghouse Scheduled to be Implemented January 6, 2020

    March 22 , 2019 02:18 pm
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    The FMCSA’s Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is scheduled to be implemented January 6, 2020.  This month, FMCSA has activated a Clearinghouse website (

  • Is Your Health Plan Driving Employees To Opioids?

    March 20 , 2019 10:09 am
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    Every nonprofit leader strives to offer employees health benefits that are attractive and competitive with the market, but also affordable. Affordability, however, may come at a steep price. For example, to reduce costs, health plans may be incentivizing your employees to seek prescription medication to manage pain instead of safer, effective, drug-free care options.

  • Traffic fatalities on a high after cannabis legalization

    March 14 , 2019 09:45 am
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    In states where recreational marijuana was legalized, deadly car crashes temporarily increased, according to a new study from Australia’s Monash University.

    Researchers examined data from Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and nine nearby jurisdictions from 2009-2016.

    The spike lasted about a year after the state changed their laws.

  • In West Virginia, Few Opioid OD Survivors Get Good Follow-Up Care: Study

    March 11 , 2019 10:24 am
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    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ninety percent of people who survived opioid overdoses in West Virginia did not receive recommended treatment to reduce their risk of overdosing again, according to a new study.

    West Virginia has the highest opioid overdose death rate in the United States, four times higher than the national average.

  • Navigating Workplace Drug Testing Has Never Been More Challenging -- Or More Critical

    March 07 , 2019 09:50 am
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    When record-low unemployment rates collide with record-high

  • Positive Drug Tests At Work Continue To Rise

    March 04 , 2019 09:30 am
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    More and more employees are testing positive for drugs in workplace screenings, an increase that is concerning for some employers and safety specialists. 

  • Top 10 U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest marijuana positivity

    March 01 , 2019 11:40 am
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    Marijuana positivity for the American workforce is up for the fifth consecutive year, a trend showing no signs of slowing. Drug positivity in states without marijuana use statutes has kept pace with the national average of 2.1% for the combined U.S. workforce. However, data from Quest Diagnostics shows that the states with the highest positivity rates do not necessarily contain the cities or metropolitan areas with the highest marijuana positivity.

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