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  • 2013 NSDUH Report on Substance Abuse & Mental Health

    September 11 , 2014 01:19 pm
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    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Estimates from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health Overview of Findings has been published on the SAMHSA site. Key findings include:

    1.) An estimated 24.6 million individuals aged 12 or older were current illicit drug users in 2013

  • e-cigarettes Soon to be Banned by FAA?

    September 11 , 2014 01:17 pm
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    August 9th saw some concern for passengers aboard the JetBlue flight  from Boston to Buffalo, New York. When baggage handlers smelled smoke, they yanked a smoldering bag from the plane and quickly took a fire extinguisher to it. The cause of the smoking bag? It is thought to have been from an e-cigarette that a passenger had forgotten to turn off and stowed away in their checked luggage. 

  • Demand for Truck Drivers is Increasing

    August 11 , 2014 01:23 pm
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    There's a shortage of drivers in the trucking industry, according to the American Trucking Association. 30,000 drivers short in fact. Higher turnover rate, coupled with an aging driver population has companies revamping their compensation structure and finding ways to try and appeal to a younger demographic. So what's the reason behind the shortage?

  • ASAP Examines DUIs and Marijuana

    August 08 , 2014 01:27 pm
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    Colorado's largest detox network, Arapahoe House, has seen its number of patients double from 8% in 2013 to 15% in 2014. The reason for the increase is due to the legalization of recreational marijuana on January 1, 2014. What Colorado citizens are failing to grasp is the understanding that it's against the law to operate a vehicle while high on marijuana.

  • States with Broad Drug Abuse Prevention Programs Excelling

    August 08 , 2014 01:26 pm
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    Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New York and Tennessee all have one thing in common; they have all implemented a broad drug abuse prevention program.

  • ASAP on Vapes and e-cigarettes

    August 08 , 2014 01:24 pm
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    Vape shops are popping up all around the country. E-cigarette ads seem to be on every other page of magazines. These two devices are advertised as an altertative to tobacco cigarettes but they are also being used to smoke THC. 

  • Patent for Powdered Alcohol, Palcohol, is Approved by the Treasury Department

    July 15 , 2014 01:30 pm
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    A US- based company called Palcohol has had their patent for powdered booze approved by the Treasury Department. According to the product's website, Palcohol is expected to be in the market this fall, launching with six  beverage formulations: vodka, rum, four cocktails- margarita, cosmopolitan, lemon drop and mojito. 

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Has It Lost It's Place in Recovery?

    July 15 , 2014 01:28 pm
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  • Revised Urine Specimen Collector Guidelines Posted Today

    July 07 , 2014 01:34 pm
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    Revised urine specimen collector guidelines were posted today, July 3rd.

    The following are some changes to the revised Urine Speciment Collector Guidelines from the October 1, 2010 version:

    -Updated web site addressses/hyperlinks, as needed

  • DOT: Official Q&As Published

    July 07 , 2014 01:32 pm
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    The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, with the Office of General Counsel, issued 49 CFR Part 40 Question and Answers. The Q&As explain:

    1.) When may a collector give an employee permission to leave a collection site
    2.) What happens if an employee leaves the collection site prior to the completion of the testing process

    To view all Q&As: http://www.dot.gov/odapc/part40QandA

  • NCADD Fact Sheet: Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace

    July 07 , 2014 01:31 pm
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    The NCADD has provided a quick view fact sheet about drugs in the workplace. 

    Click HERE to view the NCADD's Fact Sheet.

  • Hand-Held Treatment for Overdoses is Approved

    June 10 , 2014 01:40 pm
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    The FDA has approved a hand-held device called Evzio that can deliver a single dose of naloxone. Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an overdose, commonly used on people who have stopped breathing or lost consciousness from an opioid drug overdose. Until now, naloxone has available only in medical settings, often too late for the drug to be effective.

  • Medications to Help People Stop Drinking are Rarely Prescribed

    June 10 , 2014 01:38 pm
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    The Journal of the American Medical Association conducted a study and found that two medications that could be used to aid in helping people to stop drinking are underutilized. The drugs, Naltrexone and Acamprosate, have been approved by the FDA and have been shown to reduce alcohol craving by altering the brain’s chemical reward system. On the market for more than 10 years, many doctors are not aware of their effectiveness in treating alcoholism.

  • June is National Safety Month

    June 10 , 2014 01:36 pm
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    The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction – a key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence.  A successful safety program depends on s

  • Mox-Duo: Newest Pain Drug Soon to be On the Market

    May 14 , 2014 01:44 pm

    The FDA’s Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet to discuss the safety and efficacy of MoxDuo, a new morphine sulfate and oxycodone hydrochloride combination. Moxduo will be used to treat moderate to severe acute pain where the use of opioid analgesic is appropriate, according to Pain Medicine News.  If MoxDuo is approved, it’ll be the first combination drug to include two immediate-release opioids. 

  • Anti-Seizure Drug May Reduce Alcohol Consumption

    May 14 , 2014 01:44 pm

    Science Daily reports that in a test study, researchers from Boston University School of Medicine have discovered that the anti-seizure medicine ezogabine has aided in reduced consumption of alcohol in test participants. Excessive alcohol consumption is one of the leading illnesses in the United States and negatively impacts the work environment and productivity of workers. It also causes health care expenses to sky rocket.

  • Addition Treatment and Outcomes

    May 14 , 2014 01:43 pm

    It would seem to make sense that substance use in the workplace, especially when categorized as substance abuse, would negatively affect productivity. However, there has been no definitive correlation between the two in order to demonstrate a positive relationship.

  • Clinical Corner: What is SAP Treatment?

    April 15 , 2014 01:47 pm
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    A common question often asked when discussing SAP services is what type of treatment is associated with the SAP process? In his article originially written for the DATIA Focus, Dr. Reed Morrison discusses why sucessful SAP services don't necessarily need to revolve around treatment recommendations, but rather could be considered a part of Contingency Management intervention. To read the full article: click here

     

  • FMCSA Orders Four Motor Carriers to Shut-down

    April 14 , 2014 01:50 pm
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    Four motor carriers were told to shut-down immediately due to disregard of the federal safety regulations put in place by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Three out of the four companies that were shut-down, did not adhere to DOT Regulations CFR 49 Part 40, also known as the Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs.

  • NCADD Facts About Alcohol in the Workplace

    April 14 , 2014 01:49 pm
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    • 6.6% of Americans employed in full-time jobs report heavy drinking, defined as drinking five or more

    drinks per occasion on five or more days in the past 30 days; 4.9% of part-timers and 10.4% of unemployed workers also report heavy drinking; the highest percentage of heavy drinkers (12 .2%) is found among unemployed adults ages 26 to 34.'

    • Up to 40% of industrial fatalities and 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to alcohol consumption and alcoholism.'

  • Alcohol Awareness Month

    April 14 , 2014 01:46 pm
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    The 2014 theme for NCADD's Alcohol Awareness Month is Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow. The NCADD hope that with this year's theme, the month with filled with local, state and national awareness initiatives aimed at educating people about the treatment and prevention of alchohol abuse. For more information about National Alcohol Awareness Month, visit the NCADD's website.  

  • CDL Clearinghouse Comments

    March 24 , 2014 01:55 pm
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    The proposed rule would require FMCSA-regulated motor carrier employers, Medical Review Officers (MROs), Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs), and consortia/third party administrators (C/TPAs) supporting U.S.

  • NIDA Updates Heroin Research Report

    March 24 , 2014 01:53 pm
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    The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has updated it's online heroin research report. The updated report features current statistics as well as treatment options for heroin use disorders. 

  • Synthetic Pot Tied to Emergencies

    March 24 , 2014 01:52 pm
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    Synthetic marijuana is causing as alarm in Emergency Departments across the country.

  • The FMCSA Safety Measurement System Better Identifies High Risk Carriers

    February 20 , 2014 02:04 pm
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    According to a recent performance study, the FMCSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) is more effective at identifying high risk operators than the previous measurement system.

    Two years of pre-SMS data was taken from a subset of carriers.  The historical data was then compared to future crash data and tracked for a period of 18 months.  The resulting analysis indicated that the algorithms used by the SMS would have identified risks and the need for interventions such as road side inspections, on-site investigations and warning letters.

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