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  • 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.

  • The Crackdown On CBD Edibles Has Begun

    February 28 , 2019 12:00 pm
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    CBD, one of the buzziest wellness products of 2019, just hit a snag. New York City has forbidden the sale of CBD edibles in restaurants, bars, and other establishments that fall under the Department of Health's purview, Eater reported Tuesday. Health inspectors in the city are already visiting restaurants to enforce the crackdown.

  • Proposed law would require more drug testing in fatal accidents

    February 27 , 2019 11:41 am
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    Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) and Assemblyman William Brough (R-Dana Point) have introduced Senate Bill 283 and Assembly Bill 551 to require law enforcement to drug test in cases of fatalities occurring within 48 hours of a traffic collision. Current state law only requires medical examiners or county coroners to test deceased drivers and passengers for alcohol, but not for drugs. These bills will update current law and ensure that all municipalities are conducting drug testing involving cases of fatal collisions and to report the data to the California Highway Patrol.

  • Many West Virginia Lawmakers get Drug Tested

    February 26 , 2019 08:37 am
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    CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) - It was completely voluntary, but dozens of members of the State Senate and the House of Delegates gathered at the Capitol Wednesday morning, to get drug tested. 

    Members of various labor unions - who are often required to be drug tested - were on hand to watch. Many believe that when Delegates and Senators pass drug testing laws that apply to the public, they should be obligated, too.

  • What Questions do we get asked the most?

    February 21 , 2019 09:51 am
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    Who is required to go through the DOT Return to Duty SAP process?

  • Your Best Employee Failed a DOT Drug test, Now What?

    February 13 , 2019 12:38 pm
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    For many employers it can be a stressful and confusing time when an employee tests positive on a DOT mandated drug or alcohol test.  Does the employer now have to “DO” anything?  Must the employee be fired?  How long will the driver be out?  Can the driver be re-hired?  The key is to precisely follow the DOT regulati

  • Many Medical Marijuana Users Drive High, Study Shows

    February 11 , 2019 02:21 pm
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    A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Addiction Center shows that more than half of the people who take medical marijuana for chronic pain say they have driven under the influence of cannabis within two hours of using it at least once in the past six months. One in five of them said they had driven while "very high" in the past six months, the researchers reported in a new paper in the journal Drug & Alcohol Dependence.

  • Fatal Drug ODs Soaring Among Middle-Aged Women

    February 11 , 2019 02:16 pm
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    The rate at which middle-aged American women die from overdoses involving opioids and other drugs nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2017, new government data shows.

    In 1999, about seven out of every 100,000 deaths among U.S. women aged 30 to 64 was caused by a drug overdose, but by 2017 that rate had risen to about 24 women per 100,000 -- a 260 percent increase, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

  • The number of people testing positive for marijuana in workplace drug tests is exploding, particularly in public safety and national security role

    February 04 , 2019 12:27 pm
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    As more states legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana , more people are using the substance.

  • Addiction Has Teeth

    January 07 , 2019 10:51 am
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    While wisdom teeth are a leftover oddity from our days as a stick-gathering, reed-chewing people who needed back-ups for their teeth, today, they continue to pose unexpected problems. Namely, they lead to post-surgical pain for which many dentists prescribe highly addictive opioids.

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