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  • 7 in 10 US Workplaces Hit by Opiod Abuse

    April 10 , 2017 10:04 am
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    The National Safety Council report also found that while 71 percent of employers believe that abuse of opioid prescription painkillers is a disease that requires treatment, 65 percent also consider it a justifiable reason to fire a worker. Learn More

  • Coverage of Maintenance of Way (MOW)

    April 07 , 2017 10:22 am
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    FRA is expanding the scope of its drug and alcohol regulation to cover MOW employees. MOW employees will become subject to FRA random drug and alcohol testing on June 12, 2017 when the final rule takes effect. Learn More

  • China's fentanyl ban a 'game-changer' for opioid epidemic, DEA officials say

    March 12 , 2017 11:49 am
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    China will ban the manufacture and sale of four variations of the synthetic drug fentanyl starting March 1, a move that US Drug Enforcement Administration officials call a "game-changer" for the United States' battle with manufactured opioids. Learn More

     

  • Trucking Alliance Pulls Hard for Hair-Testing

    March 10 , 2017 08:33 am
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    The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security (a.k.a. “Trucking Alliance”) has submitted a set of detailed comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that strongly support a petition calling for motor carriers to be exempt from having to use urinalysis to test for drug use by CDL driver applicants. Four of the six petitioners are member companies of the Trucking Alliance. Learn More

  • ASAP Celebrates 20 Years of Saving Lives!

    March 09 , 2017 07:03 am
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    American Substance Abuse Professionals, the nation’s leading provider of Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and drug-free workplace services, is celebrating its 20th year of Saving Lives By Changing Lives. ASAP was founded in 1997 to protect public safety by helping employers and their safety-sensitive employees comply with substance use regulations and employment substance use policies.

  • Saint Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Prevention - March 17, 2017

    March 08 , 2017 12:20 pm
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    For too many in the United States, St. Patrick's Day has ended in tragedy due to drunk drivers getting behind the wheel. Over St. Patrick's Day from 2011 to 2015, a total of 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes.

  • ASAP Goes to Washington

    February 28 , 2017 02:09 pm
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    ASAP VP, Cathi Hyde and Marketing Manager, Lynne Leidy lobbied in Washington on February 14 on behalf of Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy (AHDA), a national advocacy group that promotes research for migraine disease. The effort, called Headache on the Hill, was aimed at garnering congressional support to sponsor a bill to fund much-needed research for migraine treatment and the management of migraine-related pain.  The ASAP duo were accompanied by neurologist, Robert E. Shapiro, M.D., Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in headache treatment.

  • What's Behind the Rise in Cocaine-Linked Deaths?

    February 13 , 2017 08:46 am
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    America’s opioid epidemic is fueling a startling increase in cocaine-related overdose deaths in recent years, as users mix de

  • DOT Proposes Adding 4 Opioids to Drug testing Panel

    February 11 , 2017 05:16 pm
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    The Department of Transportation is proposing to amend its drug-testing program regulation to add four opioids (hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone) to its drug-testing panel; add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte; and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine, (MDEA) as a confirmatory test analyte. The proposed revision of the drug-testing panel is intended to harmonize with the revised Mandatory Guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Federal drug-testing programs for urine testing.

  • American Heart Month

    February 10 , 2017 01:05 pm
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    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.

    The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

  • FMCSA Announces Controlled Substances Random Testing Rate for Calendar Year 2017

    January 06 , 2017 03:20 pm
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    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)  announced that the controlled substances random testing rate for regulated motor carriers will remain at 25 percent for calendar year 2017.  

  • State Marijuana Laws Are Changing But Employer Attitudes, Federal Law Aren’t

    January 05 , 2017 03:22 pm
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    Changing marijuana laws aren’t necessarily making weed more welcome in the workplace.

    For now, many employers appear to be sticking with their drug testing and personal conduct policies, even in states where recreational marijuana use is now permitted. Others are keeping a close eye on the still evolving legal, regulatory and political environment. Learn More

  • Changing Your Habits for Better Health

    January 04 , 2017 03:00 am

    Old habits die hard. Changing your habits is a process involving several stages. Sometimes it takes a while before changes turn into new habits. You may face challenges along the way.

    But adopting new, healthier habits may protect you from serious health problems, such as diabetes. New habits may also help you look better and feel more energetic. After a while, if you stick with these changes, they may become a part of your daily routine. Learn More

  • FRA Hits Highest-Ever Penalty Rate

    December 27 , 2016 03:31 pm
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    The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)  announced that its enforcement of federal rail safety rules has led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking rate.

  • Surgeon General's Report- Facing Addiction in America

    December 06 , 2016 03:32 pm
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    The first-ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and how you can use that knowledge to address substance misuse and related consequences. More here

  • DEA Temporarily Bans Synthetic Opioid U-47700 ("Pink"), Linked to Nearly 50 Deaths

    December 05 , 2016 03:35 pm
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    Responding to the imminent threat to public health and safety, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed U-47700 into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, effective on November 14th.  Emergency scheduling of dangerous drugs such as U-47700 on a temporary basis is one of the most significant tools DEA can utilize to address the problems associated with deadly new street drugs.  Learn More

  • FMCSA Establishes National Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse for Commercial Truck and Bus Drivers

    December 02 , 2016 03:37 pm

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers.  The clearinghouse database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders. Learn More

  • FMCSA Announces Controlled Substances Random Testing Rate for Calendar Year 2017

    December 01 , 2016 03:42 pm
    National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

    The holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America's roadways due to an increase in impaired driving. Since 1981, every President of the United States has demonstrated the commitment to preventing impaired driving by proclaiming December as National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month or more recently, National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. Learn More

  • November is National Diabetes Month

    November 07 , 2016 03:46 pm
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    Observed every November, American Diabetes Month is an important element in the American Diabetes Association's efforts to focus our nation's attention on the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it. Our 2016 theme is This Is Diabetes. We'll showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of the disease. Join as we salute the 29 million Americans with diabetes — as well as their loved ones — to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis.

  • Myth vs. Fact: Nothing 'natural' about synthetic substances

    November 02 , 2016 03:47 pm

    Have you ever heard of K2, and Spice or Charge Plus and Hurricane Charlie? They are labels given to substances within two categories of the hundreds of synthetic drugs sold in the U.S. K2 and Spice are two of the many names used for synthetic cannabinoids sold as "herbal incense" or "potpourri." Charge Plus and Hurricane Charlie represent a sampling of the names given to synthetic cathinones sold as "bath salts" or "jewelry cleaner" according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP).

  • Messages Shore Up Support for Making Life-Saving Anti-Overdose Medication Widely Available

    November 01 , 2016 03:48 pm

    The opioid antagonist medication naloxone reverses respiratory depression and arrest resulting from an opioid overdose. Because it must be given promptly, often within minutes, to save a life, some jurisdictions and opioid treatment programs make naloxone readily available to anyone who might encounter a person in overdose status.

  • Drug Positivity in U.S. Workforce Rises to Highest Level in a Decade

    October 10 , 2016 03:50 pm

    Following years of declines, the percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs has steadily increased over the last three years to a 10-year high, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results released today by Quest Diagnostics, the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services.  

  • ASAP is Going to EAPA

    October 06 , 2016 03:29 pm
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    Nicole and Julia will be at EAPA on Oct 31-Nov 2, Booth #418. Register for the drawing, learn about what's new and don't forget to grab some ORANGE candy! Learn More

  • FDA: Stronger Warnings Needed for Combining Benzodiazepines and Opioids

    October 05 , 2016 04:21 pm
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    The FDA is requiring boxed warnings for nearly 400 medications, including prescription opioid painkillers (e.g., hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone), opioid-containing cough medicines, and benzodiazepines.

    When used in combination, opioids and benzodiazepines are associated with risks for respiratory depression, coma, and death.

    The agency's action follows a citizen petition filed in February by public health officials asking for changes to existing labels.

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October 03 , 2016 04:22 pm
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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. Read More

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