DOT Opioid Testing Proposal Final Review

The Trump Administration is finally working on finalizing a proposal to require opioid testing for transportation workers in certain positions. These positions include railroad engineers, pilots, air traffic controllers, truck drivers, and other employees who are subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. Continue reading “DOT Opioid Testing Proposal Final Review” »

Better Safety Measures Aimed to Protect Workers From Opioid Exposure

The nation is combatting an opioid epidemic and, so far, there hasn’t been much coverage about the needs of first responders and other workers exposed to the hazardous substances. Recently, members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform have requested an audit to examine how the U.S. Postal Service is training and preparing its workers to respond to the risk posed by illegal shipment of synthetic opioids. Continue reading “Better Safety Measures Aimed to Protect Workers From Opioid Exposure” »

Opiates Involved in Fatal Pennsylvania AmTrak Crash

On Tuesday, October 10, 2017, the opioid crisis came into the public eye more clearly. House Democrats asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to require testing for four prescription opioids in transportation workers, like bus and truck drivers and railroad operators.  Continue reading “Opiates Involved in Fatal Pennsylvania AmTrak Crash” »

Teenage Employees? Celebrate Red Ribbon Week This October

Not only is it important for adult employees to be drug-free, but teen employees as well. This year, the theme of Red Ribbon Week is “Your Future is Key, So Start Drug-Free.” Staying drug-free as a teen and young adult is key to future success in being drug-free as an adult. This is only the beginning of pushing back against America’s drug epidemic. Continue reading “Teenage Employees? Celebrate Red Ribbon Week This October” »

How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health

The majority of illegal drugs can have adverse effects on your heart, including abnormal heart rate and even heart attacks. Injecting illegal drugs can lead to cardiovascular issues, like collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves. Continue reading “How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health” »

Outbreak of Syphilis Stuns Oklahoma Health Officials

For months now, health officials in Oklahoma City have been stunned by a fast-spreading outbreak of syphilis which, for almost two decades, was considered to be dead. Oklahoma has detectives specifically dedicated to finding the cause and tracking down everyone affected. Continue reading “Outbreak of Syphilis Stuns Oklahoma Health Officials” »

You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC

Synthetic urine that is. On August 3rd, the Kansas City Star published a piece about synthetic urine being sold all around the KC metro area. This synthetic urine is meant to be a cheat for employee drug tests, but this pee isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Continue reading “You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC” »

Drug Testing When You Are a Multi-state Employer

Multi-state employers with drug-testing policies must ensure they are complying with the various state laws that apply. However, every state is different. For example, some states have different definitions of terms like “reasonable suspicion,” as well as different steps employers must follow with after a worker tests positive for illicit drug use. Continue reading “Drug Testing When You Are a Multi-state Employer” »

Kansas City Employers Let Down By Failed Drug Tests

While the Kansas City area’s unemployment rate has shrunk to 3.6 percent, there are employers out there that are still begging for employees. Why? Some of the reasons include low pay, uninviting work, or lack of qualifications for the positions. Another big factor is drug testing. Continue reading “Kansas City Employers Let Down By Failed Drug Tests” »

Psychotropic Drugs Given in Missouri Foster Care

According to a suit filed on Monday, June 12, 2017, Missouri’s foster care system prescribes a serious amount of anti-psychotic drugs to children. The suit was filed by the National Center for Youth Law, the Saint Louis University School of Law Legal Clinic, and the legal advocacy group Children’s Rights. The whole situation calls into question the doctors and employees that work with and within the Missouri foster care system. Continue reading “Psychotropic Drugs Given in Missouri Foster Care” »