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  • Predictors of death in opioid overdose cases come into focus

    July 05 , 2016 01:22 pm
    Overdose

    A study of opioid overdose cases from the past 10 years points to a history of previous addiction, mental illness and having other chronic diseases among the strongest predictors of which overdose patients are most at risk for death or other serious complications.

  • Part 40's Release of Information and HIPAA - A Reminder to Employers and Service Agents

    June 23 , 2016 01:24 pm

    The Department’s drug and alcohol testing regulation, 49 CFR Part 40, provides the specific requirements for when and how to obtain written employee authorization to disclose drug and alcohol testing information.

  • Stoned driving can be as serious a problem as drunk driving

    June 06 , 2016 01:24 pm
    Fatal accidents

    Fatal accidents involving stoned drivers have soared in the state of Washington since marijuana was legalized there, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. But it's difficult to determine whether a high-on-pot driver is too impaired to drive, according to a separate study from the same group.

  • Electronic Cigarettes a Safety Issue on Aircraft

    June 03 , 2016 01:29 pm

    DOT is determined to keep America’s airlines the safest in the world.  It is with that thought in mind that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, issued a final rule on May 13, 2016, prohibiting the carriage of battery-powered portable electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes, e-cigs, e-cigars, e-pipes, personal vaporizers, electronic nicotine delivery systems) in checked baggage.  This includes prohibiting the charging of such devices and batteries aboard aircraft.

  • June is National Safety Month

    June 02 , 2016 01:32 pm
    Safety
    • Join NSC and thousands of organizations across the country as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay SafeForLife. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities. 

  • FDA approves first buprenorphine implant for treatment of opioid dependence

    May 31 , 2016 01:39 pm

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence. Probuphine is designed to provide a constant, low-level dose of buprenorphine for six months in patients who are already stable on low-to-moderate doses of other forms of buprenorphine, as part of a complete treatment program. Read More

  • Celebrate National Nurses Week 2016!

    May 06 , 2016 01:44 pm
    Nurses

    National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale's birthday. These permanent dates enhance planning and position National Nurses Week as an established recognition event. As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. And as of 2003, National School Nurse Day is celebrated on the Wednesday within National Nurses Week each year.

  • Have You Set Up Your FMCSA Portal Account Yet?

    May 05 , 2016 01:47 pm

    The FMCSA Portal provides single sign-on access to FMCSA systems via a single password and user ID. It enables Federal, State, and industry users to access the Agency's existing information systems with a single set of credentials and have easy access to safety data about the companies regulated by the FMCSA.   Motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, intermodal equipment providers, and cargo tank facilities will have secure access to their company information on file with the F

  • CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

    May 04 , 2016 01:49 pm
    Guidelines

    Improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the number of people who misuse, abuse, or overdose from these drugs.

  • What Employers Need to Know About Monitoring Collection Sites

    May 04 , 2016 01:41 pm

    Do you employ safety-sensitive employees who must take drug and alcohol tests regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT)? 

  • National Prevention Week is May 15-21

    May 03 , 2016 01:50 pm
    Prevention

    Most organizations conduct prevention activities throughout the year, culminating in a community-wide event during National Prevention Week. If there are circumstances that make scheduling an event at the end of May difficult, there are other ways to participate. For example, you may choose to hold events during another week in May leading up to National Prevention Week instead. You might also consider scheduling prevention activities before or after the third week of May to accommodate the needs of your community.

  • Need to find the best way to communicate with the FMCSA?

    April 07 , 2016 01:53 pm

    The FMCSA Contact Center serves customers via phone, electronic (email, web form, chat), fax and print mail. The Office of Registration and Safety Information’s mission is to provide the best registration and operating authority customer service possible to the CMV industry and to external and internal partners, with a focus that raises the bar for entry into the motor carrier industry.

  • How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America

    April 05 , 2016 01:53 pm
    Epidemic

    Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by

  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month

    April 01 , 2016 01:55 pm
    Alcohol Awareness

    Each April since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.

  • ASAP is going to AAOHN, Booth 520, stop by and see us!

    March 29 , 2016 01:56 pm
    AAOHN

    Join AAOHN in Jacksonville, FL, April 11-14, 2016, for an intensive four-day conference filled with continuing education, networking and professional development. Our 2016 conference theme is "Leading the Future: Endless Possibilities in Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing," and, as an attendee, you can learn current and cutting-edge best practices and explore the latest technology and resources to improve the management of your occupational and environmental health and safety practice.

  • DOT rule protects air passengers from e-cigarette aerosol

    March 07 , 2016 01:58 pm

    Over the last few years, DOT has issued historic consumer rules protecting the rights of the flying public.  And today, we took one more step toward ensuring better treatment of passengers by finalizing a ruletha

  • The American Kidney Fund's signature outreach event, is Kidney Action Day

    March 04 , 2016 02:01 pm
    Kidney

    Kidney Action Day is a free, fun-filled, family-friendly event with a serious purpose: helping people understand their risk for kidney disease and how to prevent it. 

  • Pot Is Becoming More Potent — and Riskier

    March 03 , 2016 02:03 pm
    Pot is risky|deadly

    Although some states have legalized “medical” or recreational use of cannabis, illicit use remains more common. These investigators analyzed the proportion of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids in 37,606 samples of cannabis plants seized by the U.S.

  • U.S. Department of Transportation Turns 50

    February 05 , 2016 02:03 pm

    For fifty years the Department of Transportation has been working to ensure that the nation’s transportation system is safe, efficient, accessible, and environmentally friendly.

    Throughout February, you can expect events highlighting the role of transportation in opportunity. Look for feature profiles of DOT employees whose work advances the Department's opportunity goals.

  • February is National Heart Month

    February 04 , 2016 03:15 pm
    Heart Month

    President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the first American Heart Month in 1964. Ever since then, the month of February has been dedicated to cardiovascular health.

  • Protecting the Workplace and Saving Lives, written by Reed A. Morrison, Ph. D, President and CEO of American Substance Abuse Professionals, featured in the Winter Issue of DATIA Focus.

    February 02 , 2016 03:18 pm
    Saving Lives

    The delivery of SAP services is a challenging endeavor. The SAP is a multi-tasking polymath who applies in-depth knowledge of addictionology, psychology, social work, complex federal regulations, legal contingencies, treatment options and substance use testing to the business of helping an individual successfully comply with DOT return to duty requirements. It’s a lot of work and a lot of responsibility.  What can easily get lost in the complexity of the job is the fact that lives are being saved. Every day.

  • How the Epidemic of Drug Overdose Deaths Ripples Across America

    January 27 , 2016 11:00 am

    Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.

  • FMCSA has launched a phased rollout of the Unified Registration System (URS).

    January 11 , 2016 11:03 am

    The FMCSA monitors and ensures compliance with regulations governing both safety (all carriers) and commerce (for-hire carriers). Companies may find they are subject to both registration requirements (USDOT Number and MC Number) or either one separately. FMCSA has launched a phased rollout of the Unified Registration System (URS).

  • Understanding Addiction

    January 07 , 2016 11:06 am
    Drug Abuse

    People experiment with drugs for many different reasons. Many first try drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific level at which drug use moves from casual to problematic. It varies by individual. Drug abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, and more to do with the consequences of drug use.

  • Get a Fresh Start on your health- ASAP

    January 04 , 2016 01:02 pm
    supertracker

    The USDA has free online app called SuperTracker. It tracks your food, your physical activity, you can look up recipes and count calories. It's a fun free way to test out whether or not you like tracking your food and exercise. So many of us start off the new year by signing up with a gym, or new fitness program and then we are locked into it for months, when we really are ready to drop out after several days. So instead, check this out first.

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