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

    March 04 , 2016 02:01 pm

    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
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    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

    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.

  • How You Talk About Your Substance Use May Be Your First Clue You Have a Problem

    December 07 , 2015 11:08 am
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    People who need help with their drug or alcohol use represent all ages,

  • December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

    December 05 , 2015 11:11 am
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    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.

  • Guidelines for Employers to Reduce Motor Vehicle Crashes

    December 04 , 2015 11:10 am

    Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash, every 10 seconds an injury occurs and every 5 seconds a crash occurs. Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Employers bear the cost for injuries that occur both on and off the job. Whether you manage a fleet of vehicles, oversee a mobile sales force or simply employ commuters, by implementing a driver safety program in the workplace you can greatly reduce the risks faced by your employees and their families while protecting your company's bottom line.

  • The Great American Smokeout is November 20th

    November 09 , 2015 11:13 am
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    Employers concerned about their employees may be able to improve their health and help them be more productive by creating tobacco-free workplaces. Many state and local governments now require workplaces to be smoke-free. Making your workplace completely tobacco-free can have an even greater impact. Both tobacco user and non-user employees may be helped by such policies.


    For the employer

  • Prescription Painkiller Abuse Rate Down, But Many Are Addicted: Study

    November 06 , 2015 11:15 am

    The percentage of American adults who are abusing prescription narcotic painkillers has dipped slightly in the last decade, a new survey reveals.

    That's the good news. The bad news: Those who do abuse these powerful drugs are doing so more frequently and they are more likely to become addicted.

  • Addiction counselors eligible for expedited licensure in Nevada

    November 04 , 2015 11:17 am
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    Nevada officials are touting as an economic development tool a new state law providing for expedited licensure of a number of healthcare professionals relocating from practice in other states. Licensed alcohol and drug counselors are among the professionals who fall under the new law, which took effect July 1 and allows healthcare providers in good standing in another state to be licensed in Nevada within 60 days.

  • America's Shortage of Truck Drivers Grows

    November 03 , 2015 11:21 am

    There will be a shortage of nearly 50,000 truckers in the United States by the end of this year, according a new report by the American Trucking Associations (ATA). That's up from a shortage of 30,000 drivers just two years ago and 20,000 drivers a decade ago.

  • Don't miss our Webinar! Supervisory Substance Abuse Awareness & Reasonable Suspicion- Join Nicole Hanratty CEAP, Qualified SAP on October 15th

    October 05 , 2015 11:22 am

    Join Nicole Hanratty CEAP, SAP- on October 15 at 2pm EST for a  2 hour training that will cover 60 minutes of training on alcohol misuse and 60 minutes of training on controlled substances. This training is used to help supervisors determine whether to send an employee in for a reasonable suspicion test. This meets specific requirements for Supervisor Training under the following DOT operating administrations: FMCSA, FTA, FAA, PHMSA and USCG.

  • October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month

    October 01 , 2015 11:23 am

    October marks the second annual National Substance Abuse Prevention Month – an observance to highlight the vital role of substance abuse prevention in both individual and community health and to remember those who have lost their lives to alcohol and drugs.

  • U.S. House Passes Two Bills to Help Fight Opioid Abuse

    September 28 , 2015 11:26 am
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    The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed two bills aimed at fighting opioid abuse and its harmful effects. One bill would reauthorize federal funding to states for prescription drug monitoring programs, while the other would create uniform standards for diagnosing and treating newborns exposed to opioids.

  • Dentists Drill Patients for Drug Abuse Information

    September 23 , 2015 11:28 am

    A new survey has found that more than three out of every four U.S. dentists ask their patients about illegal drug use.

    The poll also found that more than half of dentists believe they should conduct drug screening of new patients.

  • ASAP Launches A New Training- written by Reed Morrison, Ph. D., President & CEO, American Substance Abuse Professionals

    September 08 , 2015 11:30 am
    SAP Qualification

    Our new training, written by, Reed Morrison, Ph. D., President & CEO of ASAP,  "Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders: An Introduction for the Curious SAP" is now available on our training portal. Earn 6 CEUs and learn about the role epigenetics plays in treatment options.

  • Marijuana: ACOG Encourages Abstinence While Pregnant or Breast-Feeding

    September 02 , 2015 11:32 am

    Marijuana is the most common illicit substance used by pregnant women, with prevalence as high as 30% in some communities. With the advent of marijuana's legalization in several U.S. states, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has published its position on use of this agent during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

  • September is National Recovery Month

    September 01 , 2015 11:34 am
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    There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

  • Have You Taken Our New Training Yet?

    August 26 , 2015 11:36 am
    Alcohol Training

    Only a few days left before our new training launches- Are you ready?  If you take- "Survey of Psychoactive Drugs: Alcohol" during August, you can earn 20% off our  NEXT new training in September- "Epigenetics of Substance Use Disorders: An Introduction for the Curious SAP" Don't miss out!

  • Laura Dashner, LCSW, SAP, SAE, COO & Executive VP at ASAP, Providing SAP Training at LIC5 in Vegas on October 8-9th

    August 24 , 2015 11:37 am

    Laura Dashner, LCSW, SAP, SAE, COO & Executive VP at ASAP, is providing DOT SAP Qualification training (12 CEUs)  at LIC5 on October 8-9, sign up today! The Lifestyle Intervention Conference provides educational content while building a network of resources for providers who serve those struggling with drug, alcohol and process addictions as well as food disorders and now a special focus on workplace intervention.

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