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DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs

Beginning January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel (that includes marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates), you will also be tested for four semi-synthetic opioids (i.e., hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone).  Continue reading “DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs” »

How NY Health Centers Are Reducing Opioid Overdoses

A network of New York state health centers is using safety planning, most often associated with reducing the risk of suicide, in an attempt to reduce opioid overdoses.

The Institute for Family Health, which has community health centers throughout New York City and in the Mid-Hudson region, has designed and begun to use two-page, personalized Harm Reduction and Early Recovery Safety Plans, which take into account the different ways in which a person might be at risk of an opioid overdose. Continue reading “How NY Health Centers Are Reducing Opioid Overdoses” »

DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling November 10th on the proposed rules to include opioids in their drug testing panel for safety-sensitive employees. Originally proposed nearly a year ago, the ruling is now final and will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Continue reading “DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized” »

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” »