K9s Fight Opioids Using Money From Drug Busts

As an extension of the measures police are taking against the opioid epidemic, two new K9 drug dogs are joining the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. Here’s the kicker: the dogs expenses are being paid with by money seized in drug busts. Continue reading “K9s Fight Opioids Using Money From Drug Busts” »

More Employers Are Now Screening for Opioids

More people are becoming aware of the massive opioid epidemic spreading across the United States. As a direct result, more employers are beginning to test for prescription painkillers in light of the new Department of Transportation opioid testing law. Continue reading “More Employers Are Now Screening for Opioids” »

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” »

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” »

Opiate Addiction and the Workplace

Emergency room deaths by opiate overdose have now surpassed overdoses from cocaine or methamphetamine, combined. This is really saying something, in 2015, two-thirds of the 33,000 drug overdose death toll were opiate-related.  Continue reading “Opiate Addiction and the Workplace” »