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  • 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

  • Many Medical Marijuana Users Drive High, Study Shows

    February 11 , 2019 02:21 pm

    A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan Addiction Center shows that more than half of the people who take medical marijuana for chronic pain say they have driven under the influence of cannabis within two hours of using it at least once in the past six months. One in five of them said they had driven while "very high" in the past six months, the researchers reported in a new paper in the journal Drug & Alcohol Dependence.

  • Fatal Drug ODs Soaring Among Middle-Aged Women

    February 11 , 2019 02:16 pm

    The rate at which middle-aged American women die from overdoses involving opioids and other drugs nearly quadrupled between 1999 and 2017, new government data shows.

    In 1999, about seven out of every 100,000 deaths among U.S. women aged 30 to 64 was caused by a drug overdose, but by 2017 that rate had risen to about 24 women per 100,000 -- a 260 percent increase, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

  • The number of people testing positive for marijuana in workplace drug tests is exploding, particularly in public safety and national security role

    February 04 , 2019 12:27 pm

    As more states legalize medicinal and recreational marijuana , more people are using the substance.

  • Addiction Has Teeth

    January 07 , 2019 10:51 am

    While wisdom teeth are a leftover oddity from our days as a stick-gathering, reed-chewing people who needed back-ups for their teeth, today, they continue to pose unexpected problems. Namely, they lead to post-surgical pain for which many dentists prescribe highly addictive opioids.

  • The Deadliest Drugs in America

    January 04 , 2019 07:40 am

    Fentanyl has surpassed heroin as the top drug involved in U.S.

  • The Forgotten Addiction

    January 03 , 2019 09:18 am

    In recent years, Americans have begun, justifiably, to recognize the complex public health problem of opioid misuse and associated overdose deaths as a national crisis. Unfortunately, as is often the case when a tidal wave of worry about a particular health issue engulfs the nation, other similar concerns are often swept out of public consciousness. 

  • Legal recreational marijuana off to somewhat shaky start in Michigan

    January 02 , 2019 03:25 pm

    And so it begins: Michigan residents woke up Dec. 6 knowing that they can smoke marijuana, at least in private, and not be arrested for it. They can carry it on their person in small amounts. They can grow it in an enclosed, out-of-view spot on their property. But there are no stores yet, because the state hasn’t figured out how to set up the regulatory and taxation scheme, and some cities are refusing to allow stores within their borders.

  • Opioids: Addictive painkillers

    December 07 , 2018 01:14 pm

    Prescription and illegal opioids are commonly abused because they are so addictive.

  • FAA random rate will remain the same for 2019—25% for drug and 10% for alcohol

    December 06 , 2018 12:00 pm

    Per the Federal Register Notice linked here, the FAA random rate will remain the same for 2019—25% for drug and 10% for alcohol.

  • States with legal marijuana see rise in car crashes, studies find

    December 03 , 2018 06:54 am

     In states where recreational marijuana use is legal – Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – car crashes rose six percent, according to research from two studies.

  • Study: US drug overdose mortality rate outpaces comparable countries

    November 29 , 2018 09:52 am

    A study published this month in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds the United States has more than double the overdose-related deaths of at least 12 comparable countries.

  • 10 Tips for Staying Sober This Holiday Season

    November 28 , 2018 11:10 am

    With the holidays just around the corner you may be wondering how you can stay sober with parties, dinners, and social gatherings.

  • ASAP Supports Paul's Place at the Annual Huff & Puff 5K

    November 13 , 2018 07:38 pm

     American Substance Abuse Professionals, with their friends and family, came out to support Paul's Place at their annual Huff & Puff 5K &1M. Paul’s Place is a catalyst and leader for change, and their mission is to improve the quality of life in the Southwest Baltimore communities. Paul’s Place provides programs, services, and support that strengthen individuals and families, fostering hope, personal dignity and growth. Learn More

  • Employees and execs are failing drug tests at shocking rates

    November 12 , 2018 02:25 pm

    New York City employers are squarely blaming a raging drug epidemic for much of the trouble they have filling jobs in one of the tightest labor markets in a generation.More local prospective workers are testing positive for substance abuse, or showing up stoned for work, according to industry analysts.

  • Fentanyl smuggled from China is killing thousands of Americans

    November 07 , 2018 02:36 pm

    The Zheng drug trafficking organization was hardly clandestine. The Shanghai-based network sold synthetic narcotics, including deadly fentanyl, on websites posted in 35 languages, from Arabic and English to Icelandic and Uzbek.

  • The Growing Issue of Substance Abuse in the Food Service Industry

    November 05 , 2018 01:56 pm

    While cases of customers who suffer drug-related overdoses in private businesses are common, food service industry workers endure an increasing number of issues associated with substance abuse.

  • FTA 2019 Random Drug Testing Rate Increase

    October 19 , 2018 09:45 am

    As mandated by its drug and alcohol regulation, FTA will increase the minimum rate of random drug testing from 25 percent to 50 percent of covered employees for employers subject to FTA’s drug and alcohol regulation, effective January 1, 2019. This change is due to an increase in the industry’s ‘‘positive rate’’ as reflected in random drug test data for calendar year 2017. Learn More


  • Workers Overdose on the job, and Employers Struggle to respond

    October 09 , 2018 09:21 am

    Jimmy Sullivan prepared for his job as a bricklayer the same way every morning for years: injecting a shot of heroin before leaving his car.

    The first time he overdosed on the job, in 2013 at a Virginia construction site, a co-worker who is his cousin stealthily injected a dose of Narcan, an opioid antidote, into Mr. Sullivan’s leg. He woke up and went straight back to work.

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