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Posted: Mar 13 2020

By: Ashlee Arnold

Methamphetamine, also called blue, crystal, ice, meth, and speed, isn't exactly new to the drug scene. It has, however, in more recent years become more accessible, powerful, and dangerous, as techniques for its manufacturing have evolved. Meth is

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By: Ashlee Arnold

In the midst of our country's opioid epidemic, you may have heard of something called suboxone. Suboxone is a medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction comprised of two drugs. Buprenorphine—a semisynthetic opiate with a partial...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

Drug testing should be a common practice for employers, especially with the rampant use of illicit drugs both outside and inside the workplace. However, not many people know enough about drug testing to properly implement it. People often visit...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

If you're running a company, then you probably exert a good deal of effort to ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Having a clear and comprehensive drug testing policy is an important step to achieve this. However, knowing how to...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

The teenage years are a period of rapid transition from childhood into adulthood. But this transition isn't limited to biological changes. Teens also experience emotional, cognitive, and social changes as they begin to have issues of independence.

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By: Ashlee Arnold

Drug overdose deaths continue to haunt the United States, with certain substances taking hold noticeably more than others. For instance, more than 700,000 people have died of an overdose and around 68% of them involved opioids. Although drug...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

Heavy metals are natural elements found on and within the earth. They're used in many applications including agriculture, medicine, food, and multiple industries. Many of these heavy metals — like zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and manganese.

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By: Ashlee Arnold

In a recent report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that marijuana use among Americans more than doubled between 2001 and 2002 and again from 2012 to 2013. In 2017, approximately 26 million people were marijuana users.

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By: Ashlee Arnold

In recent years, CBD has made a name for itself as the go-to all-natural home remedy, especially with people claiming that it treats... just about anything. It has even become more popular these days as businesses incorporate CBD in their products

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By: Ashlee Arnold

The American Trucking Association reports that there are approximately 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, and they handle about 71% of the nation's freight. Around one out of every 15 workers in the country is employed in

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By: Ashlee Arnold

You probably know a truck driver or regularly see them on your adventures on our nation's highways. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are currently about 2 million professional truck drivers on the road today, making it..

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By: Ashlee Arnold

One of the most important aspects of a comprehensive drug-free workplace program is the ability to test your employees throughout the year randomly. Random drug testing has long been a standard in federally regulated Department of Transportation..

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By: Ashlee Arnold

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates six primary agencies: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) United States Coast Guard (USCG) Federal...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

For many years, employers have relied on drug and alcohol testing for both pre-screening applicants and also regularly testing current employees. Drug and alcohol testing is so important because of the detrimental effects that substances (both...

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Posted: Dec 05 2019

By: Ashlee Arnold

If you're an owner operator and need to stay in compliance with the Department of Transportation (DOT), then a unique set of rules and regulations applies to you if you want to follow the law and hit the road. Any individual who operates a...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

Drug use in our nation has taken an interesting and somewhat startling turn over the last several years. Two major factors — the opioid epidemic and the legalization of both medicinal and recreational marijuana use — have changed the..

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By: Ashlee Arnold

A prototype of a marijuana breathalyzer test has been developed by Hounds Lab from Oakland, and this could bring the country's DUI testing to a whole new level. Driving under the influence of drugs is dangerous not only to the person driving but..

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Posted: Nov 14 2019

By: Ashlee Arnold

Most of us have heard at least one story about someone trying to cheat a drug test. From synthetic urine (which is now considered unlawful in a number of states) to chugging a large amount of water in an attempt to dilute the drugs in your system.

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Posted: Nov 07 2019

By: Ashlee Arnold

A lot of legally prescribed pain relievers, such as hydrocodone and oxycodone, are opioids. They might not look anything like the infamous heroin, but they're equally addictive and exceptionally dangerous when used without following the right...

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By: Jane Schwab

E-cigarettes are getting a lot of hype lately. Said to be less harmful than smoking, this tiny gadget is marketed by manufacturers as a tool to help heavy smokers eventually quit the bad and unhealthy habit. However, even though it's considered a.

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By: Ashlee Arnold

A job applicant wanting to make sure that their system is clear of drugs before taking a mandatory pre-employment drug test, parents suspecting their child of using illicit substances — these are some of the cases where taking a drug test is

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By: Ashlee Arnold

It probably goes without saying that CBD has been getting a lot of hype lately. Products like oil, lotion, vapes, pet treats, bath salts, and even coffee containing CBD are widespread, available both online and in brick-and-mortar stores. People..

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

For decades employers in our country have comfortably implemented and enforced “zero-tolerance” or other drug-free workplace policies that prohibit the use of alcohol and other illegal substances, such as marijuana, for obvious safety.

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By: Latoya Duncan

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a type of chemical found in a plant called cannabis sativa, the same plant family where marijuana — the drug considered illegal under the federal law of the United States — is from. Its relation to the drug has.

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By: Marquisha Blanche

It's common sense that you shouldn't show up to work under the influence, so why have a drug-free workplace policy at all? Employers should know that having a policy is crucial to maintaining a substance-free work environment for many reasons...

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Employers regulated by the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) are required to implement drug and alcohol testing programs, including random drug and alcohol testing. According to DOT, random testing is the best tool employers have...

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Medical review officers (MROs) are an important part of the drug testing process. Just what is an MRO, and why do you need one? We all know that substance abuse in the workplace can have dire consequences — low productivity, conflicts within

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By: Kolleen Harkson

The hair follicle drug test is becoming more common for drug testing. As with most things on the internet, though, there is misinformation surrounding hair drug testing. We're going to separate fact from fiction. The Benefits of Hair Follicle Drug

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By: Mark Carducci

It happens to a lot of people. You get online, search "drug testing centers near me," and Google returns countless drug testing locations that are seemingly the same. How do you pick the right one to go with? Here are a few important factors you..

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By: Kristy Depalo

Drug use and abuse in the workplace affects the company in multiple ways. It increases the risk of accidents, reduces productivity, and affects the overall work environment. This is the reason why employers must take measures in preventing it...

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Opioids have been making quite a few headlines lately, and not without reason. Hospitalizations and death from opioids have been on the rise, but now we've got another worry: meth. There has been a rise of meth abuse in recent years that's leading

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Over the last couple of years, we've been so busy talking about the opioid crisis and the legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana that we've almost failed to acknowledge another growing issue: alcohol-related deaths. Alcohol abuse is.

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By: Kolleen Harkson

Adderall is a brand name of a medication that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Used for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy — a type of disorder characterized by excessive daytime sleepiness and

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

Random drug testing is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to ensure the welfare of the employees and the public. Working under the influence of drugs is dangerous, more so for those with safety-sensitive roles. The...

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By: Ashlee Arnold, Vice President

As of 2018, nine states have legalized the use of cannabis, or marijuana, for recreational purposes, while 31 states have legalized its use for treating certain medical conditions. The medical and recreational marijuana laws are ever-changing, and

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By: Kolleen Harkson

Cannabis, or marijuana, is illegal under federal law in the United States. The use and abuse of this substance produces a feeling of relaxation and euphoria but is also closely associated with anxiety, panic attacks, hallucinations, impaired...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

People don't always visit a drug testing center knowing what they're looking for. There are many situations when testing for unknown substances is needed. For example, maybe a parent finds a mysterious liquid, powder, or pill hidden amongst their.

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By: Natalie Flores

An employee under the influence of drugs in the workplace poses a potential risk. Drugs can cause mental health problems such as anxiety, psychosis, and mood disorder while you’re impaired and even as the substances are clearing from your...

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By: Kolleen Harkson

When it comes to choosing the best drug test panels for your company, you can sometimes have a tough time deciding. How robust of a panel do you need? What substances are most necessary to test for? When it comes to choosing the right drug test...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

While urine testing has long been the most popular form of drug testing due to its accessibility and affordability, hair testing is quickly catching up. It's less invasive, harder to cheat, more accurate, and it has a longer detection window...

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By: Kolleen Harkson

Drug test results sometimes come back as negative dilute or positive dilute. Let's talk about positive dilute first. When a positive dilute drug test result comes back from a medical review officer (MRO), the drug test is positive, without...

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By: Kolleen Harkson

According to a poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and done in collaboration with the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), 57% of employers conduct drug tests on every single job candidate. Among...

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By: Calee Davis

The opioid crisis has become a giant cloud over the United States, and recent numbers confirm a troubling finding: it hasn't let up. In fact, preliminary data from 2017 coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that the...

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By: Ashlee Arnold

Employers rely on hair follicle drug testing for two main reasons. First, they’re harder to cheat than urine drug tests. Second, they can look further back into a person’s history. Follicle tests can detect drug use starting seven days

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By: Kolleen Harkson

Substance use in the workplace has serious and expensive ramifications. Based on data reported by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD), EHS Today says drug abuse in the workplace costs employers a combined $81...

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By: Jane Schwab

While many of us are most familiar with urine drug tests, hair follicle drug testing is widely considered more thorough and reliable. This approach to testing is newer to the industry. It's a common route taken by attorneys who need to schedule...

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Posted: Jul 17 2019

By: Ashlee Arnold

Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports 57% of drivers killed behind the wheel had alcohol and/or other drugs in their body. We know drunk driving is horrible, and yet many of us choose to do it anyway. Why? Because we don't believe we're too...

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Posted: Sep 04 2019

By: Kolleen Harkson

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is all the rage right now, and its oil is popping up in common, everyday items like lotion, coffee, and even dog treats. You can easily walk into stores and find it and also purchase CBD products online with just a few clicks.

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By: Ashlee Arnold

Employment drug testing continues to be a topic of heated debate. The legal use of marijuana both medicinally and recreationally is spreading faster than ever before, and suddenly, employees' personal habits outside of working hours are being...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug testing is a well-known part of obtaining and keeping employment, but there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it. If you've ever required an employee to take a drug test — or if you've taken one yourself — it was likely a...

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Posted: Apr 10 2019

By: Jane Schwab

Whether you're an employer or an employee, drug tests undoubtedly play a role in your life in some capacity. There's a lot of misinformation online when it comes to how they work and what can cause you to pass or fail a test. Let's separate fact..

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By: Jane Schwab

Cannabis is the talk of the town these days. With the legalization of marijuana spreading across the nation, employers are having to reconsider their drug-free workplace policies, and employees are needing to take extra care when it comes to their

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By: Kolleen Harkson

If you run a business, you hopefully know by now the importance of having a drug-free workplace policy. This policy is a set of guidelines and rules regarding drug and alcohol use, that help to keep the workplace free of unwanted substances and...

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By: Jane Schwab

With the recreational use of marijuana being legalized and sweeping the country, many of us are being put in a position where we need to better understand what exactly cannabis is, how it works, and when it is and isn't appropriate to use. The...

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By: Jane Schwab

With the legalization of marijuana, drug testing is going through a serious transition phase. Many employers are foregoing drug testing because of the widespread use of marijuana in America, and some employees probably think they won't have to go.

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By: Jane Schwab

You've probably heard a story of someone who ate a poppy seed bagel and failed a drug test. In fact, you may have even heard stories of people eating food with poppy seeds in them, and then they tested positive for heroin and opioids. But can...

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By: Jane Schwab

By doing a casual search on the internet, you will find a plethora of websites that claim they can help you beat a drug test. Whether through machines that allegedly "clean" your urine, bringing someone else's urine to a test, or trying to bring..

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By: Jane Schwab

This year, there have been reports that many employers are rethinking their drug testing policies because of the legalization of marijuana. And indeed, there are a number of businesses in the United States who don't want potential workers to be...

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By: Jane Schwab

There are a lot of professions where drug testing is mandatory. Truckers, pilots, and train conductors often have to endure long, difficult hours on the job that test their psyches and sobriety. While these are all difficult jobs, being a doctor..

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By: Jane Schwab

There's a high level of trust we put in airline pilots when we fly on a plane. The thought of being in a car with an intoxicated driver is frightening enough, but flying in a plane with a pilot who's drunk or high? It's a scenario that's...

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By: Jane Schwab

There are reportedly 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States that are responsible for hauling 71% of the nation's freight across the country. Being a trucker is a profession that comes with a lot of responsibility, yet many truckers have...

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Posted: Apr 19 2018

By: Jane Schwab

In the transportation industry, the importance of DOT-mandated drug testing cannot be overstated. Train conductors, pilots, truckers and other transportation employees have a great responsibility as many people's lives are at stake if someone...

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By: Jane Schwab

Substance use in the workplace is every employer's worst nightmare. Accidents can happen. People can get hurt. Furthermore, it's a tremendous monetary cost to the employer. Before we get into that, though, let's examine a couple of reasons why...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug and alcohol use in the workplace isn't just an incredible danger — although that's certainly one of the largest considerations. It's also a massive cost to employers, who quite literally foot the bill when employees show up to work...

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By: Jane Schwab

Many people on probation have to submit to random, unannounced drug tests. For those who are unfamiliar with the process or will have to go through the process of probation drug test procedures, here are a few of the basics. Probation drug...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug testing centers are firmly entrenched in American human resources, and many employers require it before you come to work for them. At the same time, there have been several developments in modern society that have brought challenges to...

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By: Jane Schwab

Employee drug testing in the United States has grown steadily over the last 30 years. Employees in federally-mandated and specific safety-sensitive industries, such as hospitals, schools, and the transportation sector, have been required to...

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By: Jane Schwab

The costs of addiction are evident everywhere, and the estimates of what addiction can cost in the workforce, or at least the oft-reported guestimate, is $81 billion a year — a staggering number. Another interesting figure is that the...

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By: Jane Schwab

There's a common myth that if you're surrounded by enough marijuana smoke, the THC lingering in the air is enough to cause you to fail a drug test. It doesn't help in clearing up this concern that cannabis is seeing a rise in potency, as certain..

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By: Jane Schwab

As the marijuana industry — both medicinal and recreational — has grown, so too has the public interest in the various elements that make it up. We’ve seen a flourishing population of people who want to take advantage of the...

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By: Jane Schwab

One of the sure signs that someone is suffering from addiction is if it's spilling into their place of work. And lately, all it takes is a Google search to see this is a big issue in the news. Just look at some of the headlines: "More employers...

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By: Jane Schwab

The conversation around employer drug testing is changing drastically, largely thanks to the recent legalization of recreational marijuana. While some states still only legalize medical marijuana — or have no broad laws legalizing marijuana.

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By: Jane Schwab

Human resources is an important department in any business. As the Bureau of Labor Statistics puts it, they "plan, direct, and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization." But what does that mean, exactly? If you're unfamiliar with

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By: Jane Schwab

According to the National Institute on Drug Use, more than 90 Americans die each day after experiencing an opioid overdose. Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the economic burden of the opioid crisis in this country.

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By: Jane Schwab

Recovery coaching works on a different premise to addiction treatment, therapy, counseling, or a 12-step program — but it's an excellent add-on for someone in recovery. Hiring a recovery coach is a great after-care option for people leaving.

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By: Jane Schwab

If you employ a staff to run your business, you obviously know how important it is to maintain an environment that's drug-free, safe, and productively run. What if, one day, you notice suspicious behavior from an employee that's cause for concern.

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By: Jane Schwab

According to the Council on Alcohol and Drugs, a drug-free workplace is a place of business where "all employees adhere to a program of policies and activities designed to provide a safe workplace, discourage alcohol and drug abuse and encourage..

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By: Jane Schwab

The current opioid epidemic is the deadliest drug crisis in American history. Overdoses, fueled by opioids, are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old — killing roughly 64,000 people last year, more than guns or car...

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By: Jane Schwab

One of the most challenging days of the year for those practicing sobriety is the Super Bowl. With this year's game coming to Minneapolis, the state is taking steps to try and keep the giant sporting event sober and safe. As CBS reports, the...

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By: Jane Schwab

Addiction is a complicated puzzle to try and solve, and it often comes with many misunderstandings. These common myths about addiction are dangerous because they encourage the spread of misinformation. In order to conquer drug addiction, we must..

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By: Jane Schwab

Depression and mental health issues can hit anyone, and a lawyer in recovery has told Above the Law that "depression is not a choice." Brian Cuban has dubbed himself "The Addicted Lawyer," and he's been in recovery since 2007. Cuban struggled with

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Posted: Dec 12 2017

By: Jane Schwab

According to DrugAbuse.gov, Kratom is a tropical tree in Southeast Asia, native to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. Its leaves contain compounds that can have mind-altering effects. You can consume it in pill or capsule form...

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Posted: Dec 11 2017

By: Jane Schwab

According to RAINN, each year, 321,500 people are raped or sexually assaulted in the United States. Research from 2009 published by the Canadian Medical Journal says that of these 21% involve date rape drugs — an increase from 12% in 2003...

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By: Jane Schwab

Meth Storm is a new HBO documentary made by award-winning filmmakers Brent and Craig Renaud. This documentary focuses on central Arkansas, where the Renaud brothers are from, and how meth has devastated the community. The focus of the film is a...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug tests are a part of most new job opportunities. Prospective hires know it might be coming, and current employees should be aware that random drug tests are always a possibility. Most employers use a standard five-panel drug test that screens.

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By: Jane Schwab

Opioids: they've snuck their way into the lives of millions of Americans, the addiction sometimes starting so innocently when your doctor first prescribes them for a legitimate medical condition. Unfortunately, things sometimes get out of hand. In

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By: Jane Schwab

As an employer, there's a high likelihood you ask all applicants to submit to a urine drug test to check for illegal drug use. While these tests can reveal a lot and are very accurate, complications can still arise, namely if the applicant knows..

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By: Jane Schwab

It was in June of this year when The New York Times reported the status of America's drug problem, and the conclusion was bleak: 2016 saw the largest yearly jump in drug overdose deaths ever recorded in the country, shooting to approximately...

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By: Jane Schwab

There is a new danger on the streets. Fentanyl, an opioid pain medication, is the newest addiction crisis that our nation is facing. One of the reasons that it's so dangerous is that it's easily available for online purchase from other countries..

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By: Jane Schwab

One of the most contentious topics in our country today is drug testing, more specifically as it pertains to benefits for those below the poverty line. It's a highly debated issue that divides most down party lines. Nationally, the drug use rate..

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Posted: Aug 08 2017

By: Jane Schwab

Baseball has always been a game of numbers, and the better your numbers appeared, the more likely you were to make it to the big leagues. Everything from errors to home runs is counted. There are books with hundreds of pages of stats. With that...

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By: Jane Schwab

As the medical marijuana industry continues to leave its footprint on the field of medicine, science — and the general population — are exploring new ways of experiencing it. Cannabidiol, or CBD, has stepped into the spotlight as a...

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By: Jane Schwab

The legalization of recreational marijuana around the country has been a cause for celebration for many; it's also opened the doors to countless unanswered questions. One, in particular, is lurking in the minds of marijuana users and employers...

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By: Jane Schwab

There are many reasons why an employer might want to drug test an employee after they've suffered an injury. For example, if an employee is under the influence of alcohol or marijuana and falls off a ladder, the use of those intoxicants likely...

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By: Jane Schwab

As an agency within the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the motor coach bus industry and the trucking industry in the US. Part 382 of the FMCSA regulations deals..

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By: Jane Schwab

Date rape is defined as rape that takes place after individuals agree to social engagement. Rape refers to oral, vaginal, or anal penetration using threat of force or force. It's an act of violence motivated by control and power. Many of these...

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By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers has the latest technology on a web-based platform for complete drug testing management. The software provides: Ordering drug tests electronically anywhere in the US. Integration with all major SAMHSA-certified labs. Receipt..

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug and substance abuse in the workplace is a major concern for all employers. According to research, drug use by employees costs businesses billions of dollars yearly in lost productivity and increased spending on insurance and healthcare. The..

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By: Jane Schwab

According to official figures, the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) did not test at least 39% of the players who participated in the English Football League in the 2015-16 season. UKAD carries out doping testing on behalf of the Football Association. It...

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By: Jane Schwab

Some places of employment, schools, and hospitals conduct drug testing. Drug testing can take different forms including random testing, pre-employment testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing, post-accident testing, and...

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By: Jane Schwab

Street drugs and club drugs potentially carry more risks than other types. This is because you can't accurately determine every ingredient in them and how strong they are. Furthermore, if you combine them with alcohol, the risk can be heightened..

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By: Jane Schwab

For all employers, substance abuse (both drugs and alcohol) is a major concern in the workplace. Research has shown that drug use costs businesses billions of dollars annually in lost productivity and increased spending on insurance and...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug addiction is an ever-growing problem in the US. Drug usage by employees costs businesses billions of dollars every year. As you can imagine, it also affects employee productivity and workplace relationships. An effective employee drug testing

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By: Jane Schwab

Air traffic controllers are responsible for maintaining organization and structure within our airports. Their duties include issuing pilots with landing and take-off instructions, and monitoring and directing the movement of aircraft in the air...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug addiction is a major problem in the US. In 2013, 23.5 million people were addicted to drugs or alcohol. Out of these, only 11% sought addiction treatment. As human beings, we are capable of doing anything for our loved ones to ensure that...

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By: Jane Schwab

DUI, short for driving under the influence, is a major problem in the United States. When you mention DUI, many only think of drunk driving, but DUI cases also involve driving while under the influence of other drugs, such as marijuana and...

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By: Jane Schwab

Alcohol and drug abuse have a negative effect on the workplace environment. Alcohol is the most easily and widely abused substance in the United States. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the recent 2013 data

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By: Jane Schwab

The United States has developed a serious drug problem recently, and the amount of fatalities is climbing. In 2015 alone, there were more than 52,000 deaths due to drug overdoses. In roughly 65% of those cases, the cause was opioids. The Rise of..

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By: Jane Schwab

It's no secret that the United States is currently in the middle of an absolute opioid crisis. While heroin use rates had fallen for quite some time, the drug has seen a resurgence and is deadlier than ever as new designer opioids have entered the

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Posted: Dec 29 2016

By: Jane Schwab

There is a long history of the use of anabolic hormones and other performance-enhancing drugs within the halls of most professional sports, and American football is no exception. Indeed, the NFL has been giving random tests to its players for...

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By: Jane Schwab

It's an unfortunate fact, but the United States is in the midst of a ferocious opioid addiction. The consequences of these drugs don't only affect the addict but everyone around them as well, and in many cases, this includes their children. These.

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By: Jane Schwab

Employers are having trouble finding people who can pass a pre-employment drug screening, and the data shows that usage rates are also up among those who are subject to random testing. While much of the increase is coming from the usage of...

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By: Jane Schwab

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has just announced that in 2017, they will continue to require carriers to drug test 25% of their drivers in order to comply with regulations. The rate was dropped from the previous 50% to 25% in...

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By: Jane Schwab

In addition to alcohol's inhibiting properties, some predators are known to use chemical agents in order to facilitate assaults. These drug-facilitated sexual assaults are a serious risk, and the results can be catastrophic for the individual who.

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By: Jane Schwab

The standard testing for drugs in a pre-employment screening covers most of the major drugs of abuse, including cannabis, opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, and PCP. Unfortunately, this also leaves out a large number of prescription medications which

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By: Jane Schwab

There's a huge push for the legalization of cannabis, but even as the legislature slowly wins out, there's still a remarkable amount of difference in between states even when marijuana shares the same nominal legal status. The various legal states

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By: Jane Schwab

With the increased interest in states legalizing marijuana, making it profitable for the government to mandate laws regarding the sales and consumption of marijuana, in both medical and recreational categories, the import of illegal marijuana has.

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By: Jane Schwab

With the holidays coming, a group of celebrations back to back at the end of the year and are usually in line for most people all over the world. It is easy for most of us to ring in the New Year with an alcoholic beverage. But for people dealing.

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By: Jane Schwab

There are advertisements everywhere in the world. Whether you're conscious of their presence or not, you are exposed to advertisements several times in a day from various venues. The logo on a T-shirt, a billboard, the radio, television, movie...

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Posted: Oct 28 2016

By: Jane Schwab

There are some important decisions to make when it comes to consuming alcoholic beverages or using substances that can impair your judgment. When it comes to drinking and driving, it's never a good idea. Most people who are convicted of driving...

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By: Jane Schwab

People who drink too much may or may not be accustomed to it. Often they have lived with a disease for many years and are unable to function without alcoholic beverages on a daily basis. If someone is a functioning alcoholic, it means they live in

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By: Jane Schwab

Many people who drink alcoholic beverages have, at least once in their life, had a social event where alcohol flowed freely and they went beyond their threshold for consuming alcoholic beverages. Those who know what it means to have a hangover...

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Posted: Oct 20 2016

By: Jane Schwab

Once upon a time, a police officer would assist people who were too drunk to drive home. If an officer pulled over someone weaving over road lines or otherwise indicating they were too impaired to drive home, the officer would either provide a...

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By: Jane Schwab

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) was formed at the end of the 1970s and is the primary source of criminal justice within the United States. Their job isn't easy because they categorize everything that goes on within the prison systems. They.

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By: Jane Schwab

When it comes to managing pain, especially those who need prescription medication for chronic pain management are not likely going to need their prescription every day. Often, people who deal with chronic pain management will take their...

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By: Jane Schwab

Anyone turning 21 in the United States will likely join their friends and families in a celebration that includes alcoholic beverages. Young adults in college love the opportunity to celebrate after long lectures and mind-numbing midterms and...

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Posted: Oct 14 2016

By: Jane Schwab

Non-alcoholic beer has been around for almost 100 years. It started when there was a constitutional ban on production, importation, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933 (the 18th Amendment to 21st Amendment). Since the

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By: Jane Schwab

When someone is dealing with heroin addiction, they tend to be focused on their next high, especially if their latest fix is wearing off. It's an ongoing problem within the United States and is steadily getting worse. However, what happens when...

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By: Jane Schwab

It has been argued that if someone is old enough to die for their country at the age of 18, then they should be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages at that age. The minimum legal drinking age in the United States is 21 (in most states). In the...

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By: Jane Schwab

Substance abuse comes in many forms. It isn't just alcohol and drugs that people have a hard time with. Sometimes, gambling and shopping can create the same euphoric pleasure within the mind of an addict. While shopping may seem innocent enough...

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By: Jane Schwab

When it comes to drug testing for any reason outside of probation or parole, people immediately feel it infringes on their civil rights. Many people subjected to drug testing for various reasons, including applying for a job, often complain, and..

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By: Jane Schwab

Alcohol-related crimes are rampant in America. The Department of Justice has created the Analysis of National Data on the Prevalence of Alcohol Involvement in Crime to analysis the ongoing problems with alcohol and committing crimes. Since 40% of.

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By: Jane Schwab

What happens if your illicit substance abuse gets you in trouble at work? What happens when your random urinalysis tests positive for illicit drugs and you are terminated from your job? Can you collect unemployment benefits? If you are at fault...

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By: Jane Schwab

Alcohol as a drug is by far the most popular addictive substance consumed in the United States. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Defense Inc., 17.6 million people, which is a staggering one in every 12 adults, suffer from..

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By: Jane Schwab

Opioid addiction is currently a huge epidemic in our country, and the worst part is that so many of the people that are addicted to this type of drug are getting it legally from their doctor. But that isn't always the case. There are also those...

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By: Jane Schwab

Around the globe, employers are seeing an alarming decline in the number of employees they can retain due to the increased number of failed drug test results they experience. In an attempt for many industries to rebuild following one of the worst.

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By: Jane Schwab

People make mistakes. Some individuals who make mistakes end up in jail for something that should have been avoided and had they been sober at the time they decide to operate a vehicle under the influence or use illegal substances, they likely...

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug testing policies are commonplace in many agencies and companies. There is pre-employment screening that involves drug testing, and no one is surprised when the request for drug testing comes. Since drug testing is routine, it's also a very...

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By: Jane Schwab

There are several studies that look at the addictive behavior within humans who deal daily with addiction. While many people succumb to the habitual lifestyle, many friends and family members have a difficult time understanding drug use and...

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By: Jane Schwab

Most businesses today are moving to stop producing a heavy paper trail. Government businesses began implementing the paperless movement back in 2003 when the Office of Management and Budget looked to the transition of electronic communications...

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By: Jane Schwab

Every state has an agency that is dedicated to the health and welfare of children. Whether it is called the Office of Children Services (OCS), Department of Social Services (DDS), or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), they all...

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By: Jane Schwab

There is an interesting proposal that allegedly comes with certain safeguards in place to provide checks and balances to ensure there is no profiling or prejudices when it comes to the idea of drug testing in schools. Among the more controversial.

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By: Jane Schwab

In the last few decades, there has been a shift in how peers deal with pressures from friends about using alcoholic beverages or drugs. It's likely that children from the age of 10 years old to 18 have either tasted alcoholic beverages or...

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Posted: Sep 09 2016

By: Jane Schwab

While it may be humorous to some people, alcoholics and individuals struggling with alcohol dependency will go to great lengths to obtain that euphoria they get when they consume alcoholic beverages. It isn't just alcoholics that will go to...

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Posted: Sep 12 2016

By: Jane Schwab

There is a pervasive and frightening statistic when it comes to drug-related crimes: the majority of crimes associated with drugs are violent crimes. For many people who live in areas outside heavy drug-trafficking neighborhoods, it seems far away

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Posted: Sep 13 2016

By: Jane Schwab

There is a staggering fact about alcohol addiction. Often the compulsion not only affects the person who has the illness, but it also affects loved ones. At least one out of eight children in the United States is a child of a parent who is dealing

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By: Jane Schwab

As of 2015, there were 23 states that had approved the use of medical cannabis. As of 2016, there are now four states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. However, those states are still under certain federal scrutiny that may or

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By: Jane Schwab

For the people who are busy monitoring offenders for the court, child services, or even the few that have human resource positions or background checks, there are times when a false-positive can occur. What does a false-positive really mean? How..

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By: Jane Schwab

Here are a few interesting facts that you should know about if you are in states that have currently legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use. The federal government implemented the Drug-Free Workplace Act in 1986 as part of the..

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By: Jane Schwab

Statistically, it still is safer to fly than drive in the United States. According to U.S. Department of Transportation, the 2014 vehicle accidents in the United States totaled 6,064,000. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the.

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By: Jane Schwab

Along the lines of peer pressure, there is a substantial opportunity for college-age children to experiment with illegal substances and alcoholic beverages during their secondary education experience. Many teenagers in college will begin to...

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By: Jane Schwab

Anyone who suffers from chronic pain will tell you how important it is to have a prescription of painkillers handy if they have a flare-up. Examples of chronic pain include lower back pain, bone pain, nerve pain, or muscle pain. Every patient is..

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By: Jane Schwab

Much of the country is now enjoying the freedom of using medical marijuana. Some states have even gone so far as allowing the use of recreational marijuana. Cannabis is big business. The cultivation and sales of marijuana are expected to gross...

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By: Jane Schwab

It should be no surprise that since over half of the United States has legalized the use of medical marijuana as well as recreational use in more moderate states, that more and more people are unable to pass drug tests for job requirements. What..

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By: Jane Schwab

Drug testing welfare recipients isn't exactly a new conversation, but this one might be: One congresswoman wants to drug test the richest Americans in the country. Representative Gwen Moore, a Democrat from Wisconsin, recently brought up the idea.

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By: Jane Schwab

The state of Michigan is going to be piloting a new roadside drug testing program in five of the state's counties. The Michigan legislature pushed forward a bill last Thursday that would create a program to give roadside drugs tests if a driver is

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Posted: Jun 10 2016

By: Jane Schwab

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, America is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Millions of everyday Americans suffer from drug addictions. The United States is also currently in a crisis over a heroin epidemic...

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By: Jane Schwab

Any drivers that fall under the DOT and FMCSA will soon be seeing a new rule put into place. The new rule will implement a database that will store the names of any CDL/DOT licensed drivers that are cited for driving under the influence of drugs..

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By: Jane Schwab

In today's world, it's always a good idea to have a drug-free workplace policy in place for your employees. As we've covered in previous blog posts, there is a multitude of reasons as to why a company should conduct drug testing. However, there is

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By: Jane Schwab

High school students might be enduring more than adults think, as drug use among this age group is becoming more significant. And now, one school is going to do something about it. Williamsburg High School in Clermont County will begin drug...

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By: Jane Schwab

People will go to great lengths to pass a drug test. Recently, a news station in Denver, Colorado launched an undercover investigation of a Quest Diagnostics employee at their Thornton, Colorado location, outside of Denver. The employee in...

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By: Jane Schwab

Have you heard of synthetic drugs? This class of drugs has been on the rise the last few years, and they're just as dangerous as any other drugs. The actual drug class that synthetic drugs fall under is pretty difficult to pinpoint, due to the...

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Posted: Apr 28 2016

By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers is a proud member of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association and participates in many of their training, webinars, and annual conferences each year. This year, the DATIA conference was held in Las Vegas, and US Drug.

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By: Jane Schwab

There are many advantages to having a drug-free workplace policy program in place for your employees. Many companies that don't already have drug testing policies in place are now looking to move to randomly drug testing employees because there...

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Posted: Apr 27 2016

By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers has an easy-to-use online system that allows you to order a drug test from anywhere in the United States at one of our 20,000 collection sites. Most of these sites for non-DOT drug testing are able to accept an Electronic...

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By: Jane Schwab

Which is better — a hair drug test or urine drug test? This is a common question that a lot of people ask. There are many who wonder about the difference between the two types of test, and whether or not one is more superior than the other..

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By: Jane Schwab

Baseball has always been considered to be America's great pastime. But with the rise of illegal substances such as PEDs and steroids, some feel that the game has been a bit tainted in some ways. The MLB has a drug testing program in place, but...

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By: Lori Hackett

If you ever get online and search "drug testing near me," you probably encounter several options. How do you know who to visit for your drug and alcohol screening? Going with the right company is crucial to ensure accuracy. You want to work with..

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Posted: May 03 2015

By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers operates a regional office in Chicago, Illinois: e7 Health. This center in Chicago offers many drug testing services to employers and individuals in Chicago. e7 Health is a Quest-Preferred Network drug and alcohol testing...

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By: Jane Schwab

If you need a hair drug test, US Drug Test Centers has more than 20,000 facilities nationwide to offer hair testing with immediate service. Call today to order a hair drug test at the location closest to you. You should have head hair to be able..

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Posted: Apr 17 2015

By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers is the premier company for all Department of Transportation (DOT) drug and alcohol testing. Our programs give you compliance and peace of mind. Our DOT drug and alcohol testing can include a required written policy and...

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By: Jane Schwab

When looking to hire individuals that will contribute to the success of your business, you'll need to appeal to quality candidates. One of the simplest ways to do that is by creating a safe work atmosphere, which can be done by implementing a...

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By: Jane Schwab

When it comes to drug and alcohol screening, accuracy is of the utmost importance. You can't always assume a drug testing center is operating at the highest of standards. To help combat this, US Drug Test Centers prioritized working with...

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By: Jane Schwab

If your company has DOT-regulated employees driving DOT-regulated trucks, you are required to have random drug testing. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires 50% annual random testing for drugs and 10% annual random testing for.

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By: Jane Schwab

If you drive a truck and you're self-employed or an owner-operator, you may be regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for drug and alcohol testing. If you have a CDL and...

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By: Jane Schwab

POCT stands for point of care testing — commonly referred to as instant or on-site drug testing, and sometimes rapid drug testing. With limited availability in Nevada due to strict licensing requirements, US Drug Test Centers can perform...

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By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada is now offering mobile drug testing. Employers, save money — we can come to you. Need a scheduled random testing event at your location, or an after-hours test? Just give us a call to schedule Mobile

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Posted: Jun 15 2015

By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers offers breath alcohol testing at over 20,000 locations throughout the United States. Breath alcohol testing is conducted for both DOT and non-DOT testing programs including probation, court-ordered, and personal tests. Breath.

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Posted: Jun 16 2015

By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers provides professional services for random consortium drug testing for employers. Our robust software can provide complete management of any random testing requirements. Random drug testing can be operated as a stand-alone...

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By: Jane Schwab

US Drug Test Centers provides instant drug testing in most areas of the United States. Often called point of collection testing (POCT), this is a rapid drug test system that can provide negative results the same day. Our instant drug testing...

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By: Jane Schwab

With the use of cocaine in the NHL on the rise, NHL officials are finally stepping up their game, in hopes of combatting the problem. One example, from Fox Sports, was earlier this year when LA Kings player Jarret Stoll was arrested in Las Vegas..

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By: Jane Schwab

The US has been observing Alcohol Awareness Month every April for about 30 years. This campaign was created by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to raise public awareness and understanding. The intent of the campaign..

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By: Jane Schwab

When you think of performance enhancing drugs, video gaming probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Esports are now gaining attention due to a recent admission by one professional video gamer. Kory Friesen, who is a Call of Duty video..

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By: Jane Schwab

Recently, an article was published in Overdrive magazine — an online publication that covers everything from custom rigs and equipment to rules and regulations for the DOT — about testing drivers for synthetic marijuana. The National..

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By: Jane Schwab

At US Drug Test Centers, we offer an array of different types of testing, from urine drug testing and breath alcohol testing to ETG testing and hair drug testing. When it comes to our Department of Transportation (DOT) drug testing, we offer so...

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By: Jane Schwab

Every single day, law enforcement officers make traffic stops. Some of these stops are more routine, but others cause concern. What about drivers who are pulled over for suspicion of being under the influence? What about the drivers who are pulled

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By: Jane Schwab

Each month, it seems like a new state is coming out and passing legislation that would require anyone who is receiving benefits or welfare assistance from their state to be subject to drug testing. Each state has their own guidelines and rules for

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By: Jane Schwab

In the world of sports, having a positive drug test can be a career ender as well as a life changer. Most recently, Cleveland Browns wide reciever Josh Gordon allegedly (through a leaked source) failed an NFL mandated drug test. Gordon was...

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By: Jane Schwab

Are you on probation? Were you given court-ordered drug and/or alcohol testing? US Drug Test Centers can help you out with all of your drug and alcohol testing needs. With over 20,000 locations nationwide, US Drug Test Centers is your premier drug

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By: Jane Schwab

Did you know that April is Alcohol Awareness Month? The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) established April as Alcohol Awareness Month about 30 years ago. The purpose of bringing about this monthly awareness was to prevent

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