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  • One in 7 Washington State drivers with children in the car recently used marijuana

    August 26 , 2019 08:28 am
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    According to a roadside survey conducted in Washington State, 14.1% of drivers with children in the car -- nearly one in seven -- tested positive for THC, the principal psychoactive compound in marijuana. The results are published in the latest issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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

    August 23 , 2019 02:33 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.

  • Query Plan Details

    August 22 , 2019 08:14 am

    Query plans will be available for purchase on the Clearinghouse website in fall 2019.

  • Your Driver Failed a DOT Drug Test- Now What?

    August 19 , 2019 02:41 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 regulations in order to handle the situation correctly and maintain regulatory compliance.

  • Changes to the Data Required on the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form and the Alcohol Testing Form Required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    August 16 , 2019 09:36 am

    To ensure you are prepared on January 6, 2020, when the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) becomes operational, we want to remind you about an upcoming change related to recording information on the Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF) and Alcohol Testing Form (ATF). 

  • Marijuana Study Finds CBD Can Cause Liver Damage

    August 14 , 2019 09:46 am
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    There is no denying that cannabidiol, more commonly referred to as CBD, is rapidly becoming more popular in the United States than sliced bread. It is a hot trend that got started several years ago after Dr.

  • Is cannabis use the same as off-duty drinking by workers? Many companies still say no

    August 13 , 2019 09:15 am
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    An employee has a beer or two with colleagues at a local bar after the work shift is over. Another heads home for a glass of wine with dinner. The next day, there is no alcohol impairment in the worker, and that’s why an employer would not have a problem with either of these scenarios.

  • Fines for trucking regs violations increased

    August 12 , 2019 10:21 am

    The U.S. DOT announced Tuesday it has increased fines across the board for violations of federal trucking regulations.

  • Amid Opioid Crisis, Large Drug Companies Pushed 76 Billion Pain Pills Across U.S.

    August 09 , 2019 10:23 am
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    THE COUNTRY'S LARGEST drug companies flooded U.S.

  • FMCSA Panel Takes Steps to Revise Obsolete Medical Examiners Handbook

    August 02 , 2019 09:16 am
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    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s update to its Medical Examiners Handbook is a step closer to completion. The handbook serves as a guideline for physicians who use it to assess truck driver health.

  • Americans Don’t Think They’ll Get Arrested for Driving High

    August 01 , 2019 09:26 am
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     Nearly 70% of Americans think it’s unlikely a driver will get caught by police for driving while high on marijuana, according to a new AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey. An alarming finding shows that an estimated 14.8 million drivers report getting behind the wheel within one hour after using marijuana in the past 30 days.

  • FMCSA aims to add new flexibility for CDL testing

    July 31 , 2019 02:16 pm

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing allowing an applicant seeking a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to take general and specialized knowledge tests in a state other than his or her state of residence.  

  • Employers weigh in on illicit opioid use at work

    July 29 , 2019 08:42 am
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    Companies continue to face complex issues surrounding drugs and the workplace. Our nation’s far-reaching opioid epidemic does not exclude employees or the work environment.

  • Clearinghouse Updates Frequently Asked Questions

    July 25 , 2019 01:17 pm

    Clearinghouse launched a new FAQs page with more than 50 questions and answers. The page is now searchable, by topic or user type. If you are unable to find the answer you are looking for or if you have additional questions you can also email the Clearinghouse- .

  • Federal Register Notice and Request for Comments

    July 22 , 2019 11:50 am

    On June 20, 2019 a Federal Register Notice and Request for Comments was published concerning FMCSA Agency Information Collection Activities. The Clearinghouse implementation is set for January 2020 and no data has been collected.

  • Truck involved fatalities increases in 2018 estimates show

    July 12 , 2019 11:00 am

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that when 2018 driving fatality numbers are finalized later this year, fatalities in accidents involving at least one large truck will see a 3% increase over 2017’s numbers.

  • FMCSA seeks applications for under-21 driver program

    July 12 , 2019 10:26 am

     The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is accepting applications for a pilot program to permit 18-20-year-olds who possess the U.S. military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license (CDL) to operate large trucks in interstate commerce.

  • Concerns over exaggerated health claims prompt FDA hearing on effects of CBD products

    July 10 , 2019 02:20 pm

    Cannabis-related products have flooded the market, making health claims about pain relief, immune function and anxiety and depression. But the US Food and Drug Administration says there is little known about how effective they are.

  • Many Patients Don't Need Opioids After Surgery

    June 24 , 2019 10:05 am

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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