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” »