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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
By National Transportation and Safety Board
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By National Institute on Drug Abuse
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.
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.
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.
by Clarissa Windham-Bradstock, Forbes
More and more employees are testing positive for drugs in workplace screenings, an increase that is concerning for some employers and safety specialists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Who is required to go through the DOT Return to Duty SAP process?
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
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.