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  • Drug Testing Index™: Overall Positivity Rate in 2018

    May 21 , 2019 12:41 pm

    By Quest Diagnostics

    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.

  • 1 in 4 Marijuana Users Get High at Work in States with Legal Weed, Survey Says

    May 09 , 2019 01:23 pm

    By Gene Balk, Seattle Times

    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.

  • Marijuana Testing of Job Applicants Is Barred by City in Groundbreaking Measure

    May 06 , 2019 09:37 am

    By Michael Gold, New York Times

    Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use, under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council.

    If the drug-screening law is enacted, it would put New York in relatively uncharted territory. Several drug policy and employment experts said that they did not know of similar laws on the books, even in states that have legalized marijuana.

  • States moving to ban fake urine used to cheat drug tests

    May 03 , 2019 10:17 am

    By Cynthia Gould, ABC News

    Drug users will go to extremes to beat a drug test. One trick they use is synthetic urine. Now seventeen states are moving to ban it. Alabama may be next in line. State Rep. Arnold Mooney of Shelby County is drafting legislation for a ban, but it is not ready to be filed.

    The products look like the real thing and are even packed with hand warmers to get them to the right temperature.

  • National Nurses Week May 6- 12th

    May 01 , 2019 02:12 pm

    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

    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

    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

    By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay

    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

    By Robert Preidt, HealthDay

    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.

  • End Alcohol and Other Drug Impairment - Highway

    April 04 , 2019 01:21 pm

    By National Transportation and Safety Board

    What is the problem?

  • AAOHN- CEO & President of ASAP Laura Dashner is Presenting

    April 02 , 2019 09:19 am

    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

    By National Institute on Drug Abuse

  • Hospital to employees: CBD products containing THC could get you fired

    March 25 , 2019 03:05 pm
  • FMCSA's Clearinghouse Scheduled to be Implemented January 6, 2020

    March 22 , 2019 02:18 pm

    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

    By Sherri McAllister, Forbes

    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

    By Monash University

    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

    BY Robert Preidt, HealthDay

    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

    by Clarissa Windham-Bradstock, Forbes

  • Positive Drug Tests At Work Continue To Rise

    March 04 , 2019 09:30 am

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    By ASAP

    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

    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

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