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  • Employer Record Keeping Requirements for DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing

    June 14 , 2013 03:03 pm
    Test Cup

    Employers required to comply with DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations must keep records of their testing activities.  This list provided by the DOT states that the following documents must be kept:

  • Random Drug Testing for California Doctors?

    June 14 , 2013 03:02 pm
    Test Cup

    The initiative is a proposed California state ballot measure that would require doctors to be randomly subjected to drug and alcohol testing, in the same way DOT safety sensitive employees are.  The “Pee in the Cup” campaign is being pushed by former AOL and NetZero executive Bob Pack- whose children

  • FTA Post Accident Flow Chart

    June 14 , 2013 03:01 pm
    blue bus

    The Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) created a post accident flow chart to help supervisors trained to make post-accident determinations in the most efficient manner.  The FTA aims to help supervisors make the right decisions after an accident, by simplifying the decision making process.

    Click Here to View the Flow Chart

  • Bill Submitted for National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy

    May 14 , 2013 03:10 pm
    Legislative

    On April 18, Congressman Steve Cohen introduced a legislation to create the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act, H.R.

  • Alcohol & Drug-Related Birth Defects Awareness Week

    May 14 , 2013 03:09 pm
    Birth Defects

    In the US, 20% (about 1 million) of pregnant women smoke cigarettes; another 18% (about 750,000) women drink alcohol during pregnancy; another 6% (225,000) women use an illicit drug at least once while carrying a child to term.

  • Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form Submitted to OMB for Approval

    May 14 , 2013 03:08 pm
    CCF

    In April, SAMHSA submitted a proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requesting approval for the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form for federal agency and federally regulated drug testing programs, and for the information provided by laboratories for the National Laboratory Certif

  • Oral Fluid Testing Yields Higher Positivity Rates

    May 14 , 2013 03:06 pm
    Oral Test

    A recent study published by Quest Diagnostics revealed that the positivity rates for oral testing of marijuana, has seen an increase in recent years.  According to the study, “the oral fluid marijuana positivity rate was 70% higher than that of urine (3.4% vs.

  • Synthetic Cannabinoids Linked to Acute Kidney Injury

    April 12 , 2013 03:16 pm
    Emergency

    Synthetic cannabinoids - popular drugs of abuse, have been recently linked to acute kidney injury (AKI).  AKI is marked by a rapid loss of kidney functions.

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    April 12 , 2013 03:15 pm
    Alcohol Awareness

    Alcohol Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign intended to raise awareness of the health and social problems that excessive alcohol consumption can cause for individuals, their families, and their communities.

  • FMCSA Submits "Unified Registration System" Rule to OMD

    April 12 , 2013 03:12 pm
    Published Rule

    The FMCSA submitted for approval the Unified Registration System (URS) rule to the US Office of Management and Budget (OMD).  If approved, the FMCSA will move forward with establishing a national clearinghouse of all commercial drivers, who have tested positive for drugs or alcohol or have refused to take a mand

  • FMCSA Launches the SaferBus App

    March 12 , 2013 03:20 pm

    In an effort to protect consumers from bus companies that are providing interstate transportation illegally, the FMCSA launched the SaferBus app for consumer use.  App users will have easy access to the data that the FMCSA has made publicly available online on its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) website.  The data includes up to 24 months of safety performance records of bus companies as well as U.S.

  • National Poison Prevention Week

    March 12 , 2013 03:19 pm
    Poison Help

    March 17-23, 2013 is National Poison Prevention Week. The observance is sponsored by the National Poison Prevention Week Council, a group of public and private partners committed to reducing unintentional poisonings, promoting poison prevention, and coordinating annual activities to promote National Poison Prevention Week.

    Alcohol Poisoning

  • FRA Issues Final Rule on Non-controlled Substances

    March 12 , 2013 03:18 pm
    Train tracks
    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) recently issued a final rule which adds certain “non-controlled substances with potentially impairing side effects to its standard post-accident testing panel.”  Since 1985 the FRA has mandated post accident testing for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine,  amphetamines, barbiturates, PCP, select opiates, and benzodiazepines on railroad empl
  • FTA Positive Randoms on the Rise

    February 11 , 2013 03:25 pm
    Technician

    A recent report by the Federal Transportation Admininstration (FTA) indicated that positive random test results have increased over the past few years in the transit industry.  In 2011 the rate was .85% - according to the FTA, “It is the second straight year that the positive rate has increased, and is the largest single year increase in what has become a trend of increases, albeit small.”  At this time, the reason for the increase is unknown.  Some suggest that the increase is due to the DOT regulatory ruling of October 2010 which stated,

  • February is American Heart Month

    February 11 , 2013 03:24 pm
    Heart

    Preventable and controllable, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  The CDC reported, that an estimated 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack and about 600,000 people die from heart disease each year in the US.

    Did you know? 

  • ASAP CEO Published in JEA

    February 11 , 2013 03:22 pm
    JEA

    ASAP CEO, Reed Morrison, Ph.D. in collaboration with Robert L. DuPont, M.D. co-authored an article on The New Paradigm and the DOT/SAP Process.  The feature article proposes that the DOT SAP Process “could improve its already good outcomes by intensifying and extending follow-up testing where clinically appropriate…Substance Abuse Professionals can exploit the full potential of the DOT/SAP process by increasing the frequency of unannounced follow up tests and using the full 5-year testing term.” 

  • Drastic Increase in Emergency Room Visits from ADHD Meds

    February 11 , 2013 03:21 pm
    Emergency

    Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulant medications are resulting in an alarming increase in trips to the emergency department.  In a period of five years the figure has more than doubled from approximately 13,000 in 2005 to 31,000 in 2010.  The increase is evident among patients aged 18 and older, while rates for younger patients has remained relatively constant.  The astounding increase between 2005 and 2010 is as follows; 282% increase in people aged 18-25, 247% increase in people aged 26-34, and 216% increase in people aged 35 and older.

  • Smoke-Free Workplaces Can Decrease the Risk of Hospitalization Due to Heart Attack

    January 16 , 2013 03:31 pm
    Workplace Smoking

    A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on the health benefits of a smoke-free environment yielded dramatic results.  The risk for hospitalization due to myocardial infarction (heart attack) decreased in several locations after the implementation of smoke-free workplace ordinances in Olmsted County, Minnesota. 

  • Giving to the Helping Up Mission

    January 16 , 2013 03:30 pm
    Giving pic

    During the 2012 holiday season ASAP along with very special contributors donated much needed toiletries and personal care supplies to the men at the Helping Up Mission located in Baltimore, MD. The organization offers programs for men, designed to meet their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. Helping Up Mission is both an overnight shelter and a destination for long-term addiction recovery.  ASAP also donated a check to the organization, with funds raised by ASAP staff members who donated $2 each week during for “casual Friday.”

    A sincere thank you to:

  • Prescription Drug Misuse Second to One

    January 16 , 2013 03:28 pm
    drug misuse

    Prescription drug misuse continues to be one of the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problems.  It is second only to marijuana.  According to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an estimated 22 million people in the US have initiated nonmedical pain reliever use since 2002.  SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde believes the data which indicates geographic variations in use from state to state, “should help with the development of more targeted and effective prevention and treatment programs.”

  • Informing Employees about the DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

    January 13 , 2013 03:26 pm
    Employee Reading

    Arming employees with important information about the DOT drug and alcohol testing program will help to promote public and workplace safety. When hiring an employee to perform DOT Safety-Sensitive duties employers must provide employees with materials that explain the DOT requirements.  Here is a list of recommended items suggested by the DOT:

  • ASAP Encourages Company Wide Continued Learning

    December 05 , 2012 03:37 pm
    Company training

    A key component of the ASAP core values system is SERVICE.  ASAP values exceptional customer service that recognizes the client’s priorities and exceeds their expectations.  One way in which ASAP fulfills this commitment is to encourage continued learning within the organization. 

  • 2013 DOT Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Rates

    December 05 , 2012 03:36 pm
    Test cup

    On November 28th the Department of Transportation released the minimum random drug and alcohol testing rates required by each of the operating administrations.  The mandatory testing requirements apply to employers with staff who perform safety sensitive duties within the DOT agencies (Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) and the United States Coast Guard. 

  • National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

    December 05 , 2012 03:34 pm
    National Impaired driving

    December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is conducting its Drunk Driving Prevention campaign to help raise awareness and reduce traffic accidents involving drugs and alcohol.  To promote awareness the NHTSA is encouraging local law enforcement organizations to launch a special “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown to stop impaired driving and save lives on the roadways.  It is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC)

  • DOT Issues Compliance Notice for Recreational Marijuana Use

    December 05 , 2012 03:33 pm
    Marijuana Regulations

    The DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy Compliance issued a statement in response to inquiries about whether state initiatives to permit the use of marijuana for recreational purposes will impact the DOT’s regulations applicable to safety-sensitive transportation employees regarding marijuana. 

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