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,
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.
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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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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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.”
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
In July of this year the Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Act of 2012 was passed and signed into law. The purpose is to "provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund pending enactment of a multiyear law reauthorizing such programs, and for other purposes." Also enacted was the National Clearinghouse for Controlled Substance and Alcohol Tes
In the November 6th General Election, citizens in Colorado and Washington voted for the legalization of marijuana for recreational use for adults aged 21 and older; and the people of Massachusetts and Montana voted in favor marijuana usage for medical purposes. The states will be required to set up controlled means by which to produce, tax and manage the sale of marijuana.
The 37th Great American Smokeout will be on Thursday, November 15th. The annual event sponsored by The American Cancer Society aims to encourage smokers to kick the habit. Nicotine in cigarettes is highly addictive. Smoking can lead to numerous health problems including cancer, heart disease and emphysema.
Drive Safely Work Week (DSWW) is an annual campaign which focuses on the fundamental skills necessary to being a safe work-place driver. Each day of the campaign, which goes from October 1st – 5th, highlights a key area of importance including seatbelt safety, driver fatigue, distracted driving, parking, and collision prevention.
The FMCSA announced new updates to its Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) enforcement program. The goal is to more quickly identify and address the “high-risk” truck and bus companies with compliance concerns. The changes to be implemented in December 2012 are aimed at providing the FMCSA with more precise information when assessing a company’s over-the-road safety performance. Some of the updates include:
This year, the Annual World EAP Conference sponsored by the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA) will be held in Baltimore, MD on October 17-20th. ASAP is a proud Silver sponsor at this year’s conference and will exhibit at booth #220. ASAP is hosting the Breakfast in the EAPA Marketplace on Thursday morning. Our team will be on hand to share information and answer questions about ASAP products and services. Also, ASAP is excited to show off a bit of Baltimore by hosting private tours of Camden Yards. Attendees can sign up at the ASAP booth #220
Smiles or 2C-I is one of the latest synthetic drugs that has gained popularity and has been associated with the recent deaths of two teens in North Dakota. The synthetic drug which has no approved medical use in the US is taken orally in tablet form, on blotter paper or snorted for its hallucinogenic effects. The chemical substance, 4-Iodo-2,5-dimethoxyphenethylamine, produces stimulus effects similar to those produced by LSD and MDMA (a common ingredient found in Ecstasy).
For nearly 28 years, American Substance Abuse Professionals has made its home in the historic Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, MD. With the change of the season, the time has also come for ASAP to make a change. The company is packing up and moving to a new location. The distance is a short four miles away but the scenery will be quite different. So, making the adjustment to a more quiet and private location may take some getting used to. ASAP is excited for the move and hopes to have many successful years in the new location. After this week, ASAP can
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently amended the Conforming Products List (CPL) for two types of alcohol testing devices.
In June 2012, the NHTSA updated the CPL for instruments that conform to the Model Specifications for Screening Devices which measure alcohol in bodily fluids. The new instruments for screening devices include: AlcoMate SafeGuard Model AL-2500 (AlcoScan AL-2500), DRIVESAFE, BACTRACK Element, BACTRACK S75 Pro, Alcovisor MARS, CA2012, AT577, AT578, AT579
ASAP CEO Reed Morrison, Ph.D. was a participating panelist on the SAE Panel Discussion presented to the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Access Authorization and Fitness-for Duty Workshop. The workshop is an annual event that was held this year in Miami, FL, July 23 -25.
In their most recent newsletter the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) offered clarification regarding a “refusal to test” on a pre-employment drug screen. The article stated thatall persons applying for or being transferred to a safety sensitive position under the FTA are required to submit to pre-employment drug screening. Prior to the test, employers are required to inform the applicant in writing about the testing requirements (§ 655.17). Applicants may decide to withdraw from the hiring process before the test commences without being considered to have r
In June 25 ASAP welcomed guest speaker Dr. Kristine Hitchens. Dr. Hitchens presented on the impact of substance abuse on the family. With extensive experience in the field of substance abuse and social work, Dr. Hitchens delivered first-hand accounts of the damaging effects that addiction has on a family. ASAP team-members gained insight on current treatment techniques and counseling used to help families deal with substance abuse addiction.
ASAP offers quality DOT SAP evaluations and case management services. Our trained and knowledgeable staff work to ensure that each DOT SAP evaluation and case is handled efficiently and according to DOT regulations.