On June 25, 2013 the Federal Transit Administration issued a rule revising sections of the Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing regulations in an effort to reflect recent amendments to the law. The rule provides the Secretary of the DOT with the discretionary authority to bar a recipient from receiving Federal public transportation funds (in an amount deemed appropriate by the Secretary) for non-compliance with the FTA’s Alcohol and Controlled Substances Testing regulations (49 CFR Part 655).
On July 12, 2013 the DOT invited public comments on their intended request for approval to renew an information collection involving DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing. The data collected will be used to document testing conducted and actions taken to ensure workplace safety and/or is necessary to comply with the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991.
The public is asked to comment on any aspect of the information collection process including:
Originally launched in 2008, World Hepatitis Day provides “international focus for patient groups and people living with hepatitis B and C. It is an opportunity around which interested groups can raise awareness and influence real change in disease prevention and access to testing and treatment.” This year World Hepatitis Day is Sunday July 28th.
In a recent study, researchers were able to prevent addicted animals from seeking and consuming alcohol. Scientists at the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco identified and deactivated in the brain “the neural mechanism responsible for the reactivation of the memory of the alcohol -- a molecular pathway mediated by an enzyme known as mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1).”
A relatively new practice among mostly young adults, who want to avoid the calories associated with drinking alcohol, is to "smoke" or inhale alcohol vapors.
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:
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
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.
On April 18, Congressman Steve Cohen introduced a legislation to create the National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy Act, H.R.
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.
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
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 - popular drugs of abuse, have been recently linked to acute kidney injury (AKI). AKI is marked by a rapid loss of kidney functions.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.