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” »

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” »

Should Vape Pens Be Allowed in the Workplace?

Just twenty years ago, smoking cigarettes was still legal indoors and it was almost a requirement in corporate America in preceding eras. Now, workplaces have no-smoking policies or designated outdoor smoking areas. In recent years, using a vapor pen in the workplace has been the solution to this problem. The question now is whether they are really safe and whether employees can be trusted to use them responsibly? Continue reading “Should Vape Pens Be Allowed in the Workplace?” »

Legalized Marijuana and the Workplace

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Resulting from the election, more states have voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. California, Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts now join 26 other states and D.C. in passing legalization laws in some form. With other states and more expansive laws sure to come, how are employers going to test for and handle employees using marijuana? Continue reading “Legalized Marijuana and the Workplace” »

Marijuana is Contributing to More Traffic Accidents, Research Shows. Protect Your Fleet Today!

As more and more states move to legalize medical marijuana (and some even progress toward legalizing recreational use of the drug), concerns about the safety of marijuana continue to surface.

One recent study found that marijuana usage was linked to brain abnormalities in regions responsible for emotion and motivation.

Now, research out of Columbia University has shown that marijuana is contributing more to traffic deaths than in previous years.

Here are the details about this research — and what your company should do to protect against drugged driving.

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The Downside to Instant Drug Tests

As an employer, you likely seek out solutions that combine time and cost-efficiency, plus convenience. It’s also key to make sure that all of your internal processes follow applicable laws — especially when it comes to your workplace drug testing.

If you have a drug testing program in place, you’ve probably heard of instant drug tests that seem ideal for pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and random drug testing. But did you know that instant tests actually run the risk of weeding out people who are not abusing drugs?

At ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North, we advocate the use of instant drug tests as screening tools to be used in conjunction with further testing when necessary. Here’s why we see instant drug tests as instant drug screens.

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Anatomy of a Drug Test

Ever wonder how drug tests work? I mean think about it – you can eat or inhale something that will later show up in your urine. Doesn’t make a ton of sense unless you understand the chemistry behind drug use… and particularly marijuana. Let us explain.

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How can something you smoke or eat end up in your pee? Read on to learn more.

From Weed to Peed (in a cup)

The journey of marijuana…

Step 1 – Trying the Drug

It doesn’t matter if you smoke marijuana or eat it in pot brownies, once marijuana has hit your lips (or your stomach), you’ve used the drug and the chemicals that come with it are in your body.

Step 2 – The drug is absorbed by the blood

When you smoke marijuana, the chemicals first go to your lungs. The main chemical is THC, which is extremely strong and fast-acting. Once the chemicals enter your lungs, they quickly go to the bloodstream. When you eat marijuana (for example, pot brownies), the chemicals first enter your stomach. Although it takes a little longer to enter the blood stream, the chemicals will eventually make it there. It’s said that this “high” actually lasts longer.

Step 3- Blood travels throughout your body

Once the chemicals are in your blood stream, they begin traveling all about your system. They quickly make it to the brain, which is why many experience fast impairment, short-term memory loss and more AKA the “high.”  However the brain isn’t the only place they travel.

Step 4 – Waste is excreted

Just like any chemical (drugs or not) that enters the body, THC circulates through all major organs once it’s in the blood stream. So the process of excreting any waste from your body also applies to chemicals from marijuana. The job of your kidneys is to process waste from the blood stream. While urine is mostly water, it’s also toxins, chemicals and dead blood cells from your body. So, the chemicals from marijuana will show up in your urine. If you’re receiving a hair test or fingernail drug test, chemicals show up because THC was in your blood stream. If you’re wearing a sweat patch, the chemicals will be excreted via your skin.

So – that’s a quick view of the journey of marijuana through your body, and why it shows up on drug tests.

Learn more about marijuana in the body here!

Or, need a drug test in Lawrence, KS? Call us.

Marijuana And KU Basketball

It has been a rough past few months for Kansas Basketball.  The National Championship Game against Kentucky, at moments, was less than competitive.  Star power forward Thomas Robinson left school early to play pro ball with the Sacramento Kings.  Now, the team is in hot water because allegedly for the 2010-2011 season, members of the team were involved with a large-scale marijuana dealer.

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According to the KCTV5 report:

“Assistant U.S. Attorney Terra Morehead told a federal magistrate during last week’s hearing that authorities seized $11,000 and an iPhone when they searched Villeareal’s (the alleged drug marijuana supplier) home in May 2011. Morehead described him as a supplier of marijuana to a number of individuals, ‘including a number of Kansas University basketball players from the 2010-2011 season,’ according to a transcript obtained by the Star.”

The article later states that Villeareal can be seen during game footage, sitting behind the KU bench, suggesting that he was given tickets in exchange for drugs.  If this is true, KU will have their hands full.  Not only will local prosecutors get involved, but you might expect to see some NCAA issued sanctions on the historic program.

College Basketball Players using Marijuana

The emergence of these alleged crimes give rise to a deeper issue.  According to the KCTV5 article, an anonymous survey showed that 20 percent of male college basketball players have smoked marijuana.  That’s one out of five kids.

The fact is that these athletes, whether they understand it or not, are role models.  Just like professional athletes, as soon as they get media attention, they’re looked up to by fans young and old. They must remember that actions speak much louder that words… on and off the court.

We all know that University of Kansas Basketball program is a historic institution in Lawrence, but this is not the kind of history that KU and our city of Lawrence want or need. KU students – athletes and non-athletes – need positive mentors and reminders of the dangers of illegal drug use – recreational or not. We need all of our coaches, professors and community members to encourage a drug-free campus and drug-free students. Our city and our school is in the spotlight each year. Our actions are seen by thousands. Even more reason to keep the KU campus and our community drug-free.

Check out the rest of the KCTV5 article here.

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