Marijuana in the Workplace

This is the question that many people ask due to the rise in recreational and medical marijuana. With many states beginning to legalize the drug it has has caused many issues in the workplace for employees and employers. The controversy is that employers have to ask themselves is marijuana use affecting job safety and should it be allowed even with a prescription?

Marijuana Controversy

Christine Clearwater, president of Drug-free Solutions Group, specializes in substance abuse prevention in the workplace. She says marijuana legalization should not lead to more lenient employer drug policies. She also states that, the highly politicized battle over marijuana laws can drown out statistics employers need to be aware of:

  • Car crashes involving marijuana went up 300% between 2010 and 2013, and they continue to rise as more states legalize the drug
  • Marijuana is 10 to 20 times stronger today than it was in the 1960s and ’70s
  • Marijuana is an addictive drug

It is very important for employers to issue a drug policy based on the safety of employees, not based off of legal or ethical concerns. Having a drug policy in tact is a very important business decision, it ensures that the employer will not be held accountable over an employee under the influence in the workplace. Accredited Drug Testing offers Drug Free Work Place policy’s customized the each company and their needs.

Marijuana And Job Safety

The substance THC in marijuana affects many necessary job related skills such as, perception, reaction time, coordination and more. Many people with safe-sensitive positions such as, operating machinery or company vehicles are at a higher risk if under the influence.

According to a study reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, employees who tested positive for marijuana had 55% more industrial accidents, 85% more injuries and 75% greater absenteeism compared to those who tested negative. Also impacting the workplace:

  • Decreased productivity
  • Increased worker compensation and unemployment compensation claims
  • High turnover
  • Lawsuits

These are the top 4 things that employers don’t want or try to avoid.  About 1/6 employees has a substance abuse problem. This is why a Drug Free Workplace policy is crucial, not only helps the employers but also helps keep the safety of all employees.

Challenges Of Medical Marijuana

Many medical marijuana-using employees have legally challenged their employers due to a positive drug test result, even when they are prescribed for it. Some states such as, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine and Rhode Island, protect employee rights against disciplinary action for medical marijuana use. However, marijuana is still illegal according to federal law, which classifies it as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Federal law supersedes state law. Important things to know about medical marijuana:

  • The Americans with Disabilities Actalso sides with the employer when it comes to medical marijuana
  • Most states will not pay worker compensation to an employee who was under the influence at the time of an accident
  • Most state health insurance programs will not pay for medical marijuana.

Drug Free Work Place Tips

Marijuana is the most frequently used drug of abuse in the United States and the drug most often detected in workplace drug testing. In 2014, about 6.8 million adults ages 18 to 25 (19.6%) and about 13.5 million adults ages 26 and older (6.6%) used marijuana. A solid workplace drug policy can go a long way to keeping a company drug-free.

  • Issue quarterly random drug tests to employees, that way you ensure the employees are drug-free all year round.
  • Expand the drug testing panel more than just the 5-panel standard. You can even customize your own panel.
  • Offer hair drug test instead of a urine drug test to ensure more accurate results and a further detection period.
  • Lastly, make sure to have a strong policy enact that management can enforce.

The health and safety of employees is dependent on the employer, therefore it is the employers responsibility to provide a Drug Free Work Place Policy. Everything you need listed above can be provided by Accredited Drug Testing. Visited www.accrediteddrugtesting.com for more information or call 800-221-4291.

Federal Government Employee Shutdown

Free Test Program

Terms and Conditions

 

Accredited Drug Testing understands that many Federal Government employees have been required to seek other private employment opportunities due to the Federal Government Shutdown. In an effort to assist those Federal Government Employees with the financial hardship incurred, Accredited Drug Testing will provide any Federal Government current employee one drug or alcohol test at no charge when required to “self-pay” by an employer.

The following conditions apply:

  • Employees eligible to receive this free test must be current Federal Government Employees and must scan or fax proof of Federal Government Employment (Pay stub, Federal ID).
  • Drug or alcohol tests may be scheduled for the following purposes: pre-employment, random, post-accident. This program will not apply to reasonable suspicion testing.
  • Tests may be scheduled at available testing centers Nationwide (in-network).
  • Federal Government Employees who have been required to seek full or part-time employment from non-government agencies may utilize the free test provided they have shown proof that they are a Federal Government Employee affected by the Government shutdown and required to self-pay for the test.
  • Free testing only applies to urine and breath alcohol methods. Hair testing will be discounted by 50% of the standard fee, if required. No other discounts are provided for other testing methods or services.
  • All terms and conditions are final, and this program has no cash value and Accredited Drug Testing reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility. This program and offer will end upon the reopening of the United States Federal Government ( shutdown ends).

To schedule a drug or alcohol test in conjunction with this program, please call 1-800-221-4291.

It is our hope that all Federal Government Employees return to work soon, and this program will assist in some small way.

James A. Greer, CPCT

President/CEO

Accredited Drug Testing, Inc.

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

DOT Drug and Alcohol Consortium

DOT RANDOM DRUG & ALCOHOL 

TESTING PROGRAM

(As required by 49 CFR Part 40)

FOR

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) United States Coast Guard (USCG)
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Pipeline & Hazardous Material Administration (PHMSA) Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

Accredited Drug Testing Inc (ADT) serves as a consortium / third party administrator (C/TPA) which manages the entire DOT approved Consortium for DOT regulated companies and DOT covered “safety sensitive” employees. The DOT consortium is cost effective and complies with all requirements of DOT 49 CFR Part 40 which mandates that all “safety sensitive” employees be enrolled in a random drug and alcohol testing program.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has strict regulations requiring regulated companies and independent operators (CDL License Holders) be a member of a DOT drug and alcohol Consortium, failure to comply with these regulations can result in significant fines and other DOT sanctions. 

The Accredited Drug Testing Consortium ensures compliance with the DOT regulations and customer service is our number one priority.  Our DOT specialist are committed to serving our DOT consortium members in need of a pre-employment drug test, random drug test or breath alcohol test.

A DOT drug test is a 5 panel urine test and all DOT drug tests require a Federal Chain of Custody form, this is a special 5 page form which must be used when a DOT drug test is administered.  Accredited Drug Testing provides all members of our DOT consortium a package of Federal Chain of Custody Forms to be used when taking a DOT drug test.

When joining a DOT Consortium, it is important that the Consortium staff be fully knowledgeable of all DOT regulations regarding 49 CFR Part 40 and the DOT random drug and alcohol testing requirements. Accredited Drug Testing Inc prides itself on providing accurate and professional information and services regarding the DOT Consortium.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc is fully versed in the DOT procedures for pre-employment drug testing, random drug testing, reasonable suspicion drug testing, post accident drug testing, return to duty drug testing and follow up drug testing.

When you and your company are enrolled in the Accredited Drug Testing DOT Consortium, your company will receive a Certificate of Compliance (email and U.S Mail) and when any of your drivers or other safety sensitive employees are selected for a random test, the DER (designated employer representative) or you, the independent operator will be sent an email and a phone call will be made to ensure that you and your employee are aware of the selection, provided the closest testing center location and any assistance needed to ensure compliance with the DOT random drug or alcohol test process.

Please Note- If you are currently being audited/inspected or found to be in violation by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and you are calling to join the DOT Consortium or schedule a  DOT drug or breath alcohol test, please advise the Accredited Drug Testing DOT Specialist. 

Accredited Drug Testing, DOT Consortium – Easy, Cost Effective with Immediate Compliance!

For immediate compliance with the DOT Consortium enrollment requirement or to schedule a DOT drug or alcohol test call Accredited Drug Testing at (800)221-4291.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc has a special DOT Compliance Package for independent operators (CDL License holders) and other DOT regulated companies.

Complete DOT Compliance Package – Independent Operators/Small Companies Includes:

  • Pre-employment or Random drug test,
  • Consortium Membership (First Year)
  • Supervisor Training
  • DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy
  • Certificate of Compliance

Additional DOT Drug tests may be ordered at a discount when purchasing the complete compliance package.

Call Accredited Drug Testing for additional information and fees (800)221-4291.

To Review DOT 49 CFR Part 40 Regulations- CLICK HERE

Who’s Covered?

  • Truck Drivers- CDL Operators
  • Train Engineers
  • Boat Captains- Officers
  • Airplane Mechanics
  • Airline Pilots- Flight Attendants
  • Pipeline Workers

Additional companies/operators subject to DOT Drug & Alcohol Testing

  • If you or your company operate vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds
  • If you or your company operate vehicles which can transport 16 or more passengers. (including the driver)
  • If you or your company operate vehicles which transport hazardous materials.

DOT Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all covered employees be enrolled in a DOT approved Random Consortium Selection Program. The selection of any covered employee must be made by a computerized selection process and any covered employee selected for a drug and alcohol test must immediately proceed to take the test once notified.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) determines the percentages that each consortium must select for a drug & alcohol test. As an example the FMCSA Consortium must select 25% of its members for a drug test annually and 10% for an alcohol test.

The Accredited Drug Testing Inc DOT random drug testing program notifies covered employees by email and a phone call and provides the location of the closest testing center for the covered employee to go and take their drug and alcohol test.

Failing to take a random drug or alcohol test once selected can result in substantial fines and penalties by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a DOT approved random selection Consortium for covered employees who are required to comply with DOT random testing requirements.

Random Testing Requirements For Each Federal Agency DOT Consortium 

  • FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • FAA – Federal Aviation Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
  • FRA – Federal Railroad Administration – 25% drug and 10% alcohol
    • MOW (Maintenance of Way) – 50% drug and 25% alcohol
  • FTA – Federal Transit Administration – 50% drug and 10% alcohol
  • PHMSA – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials – 50% drug
  • USCG – United States Coast Guard – 50% drug

DOT Consortium Employee List Revisions

Quarterly each consortium member will be contacted by the Accredited Drug Testing, DOT specialist and asked to update the company’s  DOT Consortium employee list, prior to the random selection draw (add or remove  employees from the consortium). Companies can remove or add employees to the consortium at anytime prior to the selection date. Maintaining an accurate consortium list is an important service provided by Accredited Drug Testing Inc and requires the cooperation of all Consortium Members.

DOT Post Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that any covered employee immediately proceed to take a drug and breath alcohol test in the event of an accident which falls under the DOT post accident drug and alcohol testing requirements.

When possible the covered employee can contact Accredited Drug Testing Inc and the drug and alcohol test can be conducted at a testing center close to where the accident occurred, however on many occasions a post accident drug and alcohol test will require an on-site/mobile drug testing service which can be provided by Accredited Drug Testing Inc.

DOT Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all DOT regulated companies educate and train all supervisors in how to detect employees under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.

Supervisors must complete and successfully pass a DOT approved supervisor training course.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides a DOT approved Supervisor Training Course which is web based and which will provide a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the course. The course is approximately 3 hours in length and maybe accessed at anytime.

DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that any regulated company with two or more employees holding safety sensitive positions covered by 49 CFR Part 40 must have a written DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy and all employees must be provided a copy of the policy. Companies must comply with all requirements listed in the DOT drug and alcohol policy.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc specializes in the development and implementation of a DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy – Call Accredited Drug Testing at(800)221-4291

DOT Additional Requirements/Information

The Department of Transportation only recognizes and authorizes a 5 panel urine drug test and a breath alcohol test for compliance with 49 CFR Part 40.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that a Federal Chain of Custody Form (5 Page CCF) be used with all drug screens and that all breath alcohol testing devices be approved by the DOT.

The staff of Accredited Drug Testing Inc are certified and trained in DOT drug specimen collections and DOT breath alcohol testing.

DOT Audits/Inspections

The Department of Transportation (DOT) regularly conducts DOT Audits to ensure compliance with 49 CFR Part 40. These audits can occur due to being recently issued a DOT License (New Entrant) or complaints have been filed against the company or a follow up audit due to previous violations.

When a DOT audit/inspection occurs the following primary factors are considered,

  • Pre-employment drug tests on all covered employees on file
  • Random Pool Membership on all covered employees
  • Reasonable Suspicion/Supervisor Training Completed
  • Written drug and alcohol policy
  • Copy of DOT regulations on file
  • All DOT Licenses are current

DOT Physicals

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that all drivers holding a CDL License must successfully pass a DOT physical to be issued a CDL Medical Card. The Medical Card is valid for 24months and must be renewed every 2  years with a new physical.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc provides DOT physicals nationwide at most drug testing centers and our affiliated medical facilities. All DOT Physicals are administered by an examiner trained and certified by the FMCSA.

Accredited Drug Testing Inc is your “one stop shopping” for all DOT Drug Testing and DOT Breath Alcohol Testing.

To join the DOT Consortium or schedule your DOT Drug Test or DOT Alcohol Test Call, (800)221-4291

Specializing in DOT drug and alcohol Consortium regulations.

“When You Need A Test, Choose The Best!”

Accredited Drug Testing

Infant Drug Dependence Is On The Rise

 

 

As the opioid epidemic continues to sweep throughout America, there is an ever-greater number of drug-dependent newborns being reported in rural areas which are straining hospital neonatal units and draining precious medical resources.

This problem has rapidly grown and shows no signs of reduction.  Researchers have reported and published their study in JAMA Pediatrics, which concludes that the increase in drug-dependent newborns has been disproportionately larger in rural areas.

From 2004 to 2013, the proportion of newborns born dependent on drugs increased nearly sevenfold in hospitals in rural counties, to 7.5 per 1,000 from 1.2 per 1,000. By contrast, the uptick among urban infants was nearly fourfold, to 4.8 per 1,000 from 1.4 per 1,000.  Researchers concluded that these rising rates are due largely to the widening use of opioids among pregnant women.

“The problem is accelerating in rural areas to a greater degree than in urban areas,” said Dr. Veeral Tolia, a neonatologist who works at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas and was not involved in the new report.

Some neonatal intensive care units, called NICUs, now devote 10 percent of their hours to caring for infants who have withdrawal symptoms.

Hospitals in the eye of this storm are commonly under resourced, experts said.

Using data from 2012 and 2013, a recent federal study found states like West Virginia, Maine and Vermont had particularly high rates of what is known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. It includes such symptoms as irritability, breathing problems, seizures and difficulties taking a bottle or being breast-fed.

Babies may be born with symptoms of withdrawal from any number of drugs, including certain antidepressants or barbiturates, after prolonged use by their mothers during pregnancy. But the new report found that rates of infant drug dependency are rising in tandem with maternal opioid use in particular.

Doctors frequently prescribe opioids to mothers-to-be to treat back pain or abdominal painNearly 42 percent of pregnant women in Utah on Medicaid were prescribed opioids, and roughly 35 percent in Idaho, a 2014 study found.

Maternal opioid use was nearly 70 percent higher in rural counties than urban ones, the new report found.

Last year, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that neonatal intensive care units nationwide that used to spend less than 1 percent of their days caring for these infants now must devote 4 percent of their staff hours to the task.

For many, the logistics can be difficult. Methadone, a drug commonly used in treatment programs, must be distributed at a clinic every day, which is “very challenging if you’re talking about a rural community where there isn’t much local health care,” Dr. Tolia said.

Pregnant women may also be treated with buprenorphine, available at certain pharmacies. In theory, Dr. Tolia said, it could be more easily distributed to rural areas.

“Our solutions need to be focused on where the disease is happening in communities,” he said. Once a baby arrives in a neonatal intensive care unit, “it’s too late.”

In July, President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, or CARA. It stipulated that federal officials should give priority to funding programs in rural areas to improve treatment for pregnant women.

Accredited Drug Testing offers Limit of Detection testing which varies from the standard in toxicology testing is to utilize cut-off levels.  Limit of Detection means reporting any detectable amount of drug.  A test can be performed using Limit of Detection by contacting our corporate office at 800-221-4291.

MLB Drug Suspension Trends

 

Major League Baseball’s drug policy was a joint venture between the MLB Players Association and the MLB Commissioners Office.

The goal of this program when it was adopted in the spring of 2006 was to deter and ultimately end the use of banned substances which included illegal drugs and anabolic steroids in baseball.

With the recent opioid epidemic surfacing in the US today it is apparent that drug use is prominent not only in society but also there is a huge opportunity to educate and inform everyone about the dangers of illegal drug use and performance enhancing drugs in sports.

Below are some alarming player suspension statistics for the last 10 years with regards to violations of MLB’s Drug Policy:

  • 2016 – 13
  • 2015 – 6
  • 2014 – 1
  • 2013 – 15
  • 2012- 8
  • 2011- 2
  • 2010 – 2
  • 2009 – 4
  • 2008 – 3
  • 2007 – 8
  • 2006 – 3

During this 10-year period, there has been approximately 173 suspensions associated with MLB baseball players testing positive for a substance on MLB banned substance list.

With only 30 teams in MLB and 25 players on the active roster of each and the playoff season the roster expands to a 40-man extended roster, one could see the opportunity for individuals to test positive over the years.

Major League Baseball along with other professional sports leagues have been making a conscious effort to do their due diligence when it comes to illegal and performance enhancing drugs.

 

For more information contact us at 800-221-4291

Accredited Drug Testing Providing FREE Drug Testing to First Responders in Texas and Florida

Orlando, FL – Accredited Drug Testing, one of the Nations’ leading providers of drug and alcohol testing for employers, has announced that in an effort to support the hurricane relief efforts affecting the State of Texas and Florida, any first responder (fire, police, medical) and any USCG personnel or employees assigned to hurricane preparedness or relief efforts, will not be charged for any drug or alcohol test which may be required relating to their employment effective September 8, 2017 through October 1, 2017.

Mr. James A Greer, the President and CEO of Accredited Drug Testing, Inc. stated, “With the devastation in Texas from hurricane Harvey and the potential destruction of Hurricane Irma facing Florida, our Company wishes to provide some form of relief to employers hiring temporary or permanent relief workers and to the dedicated first responders and their employers that may be required to take a drug or alcohol test during these difficult times.”

Accredited Drug Testing has Company owned and affiliated testing centers in all cities throughout the United States and provides drug and alcohol testing for pre-employment, random, post-accident and reasonable suspicion needs in conjunction with an employer’s drug free workplace program.

The company’s drug and alcohol testing services are provided to DOT and non-DOT companies including small, medium and large employers. Services include the complete administration of a employers’ drug testing program including scheduling, SAMHSA Certified Laboratory analysis, Medical Review Officer verification and confidential results reporting.

The Management and staff of Accredited Drug Testing, Inc. wishes to convey our thoughts and prayers to all of the people in the State of Texas and Florida for their safety and well-being.

To contact Accredited Drug Testing, please call Alison Rivera at 800-221-4291 or info@accrediteddrugtesting.com

“When You Need A Test, Choose The Best”
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Ecstasy Drug Outbreak In Los Angeles

Ecstasy Drug Outbreak Plaguing the Greater Los Angeles Area

February 13, 2016
The Los Angeles County coroner has determined the recent death of an 18-year-old UCLA student, was caused by an overdose of Ecstasy Ecstasy Drug Testing(methylenedioxy-methamphetamine). Ecstasy, or Molly/MDMA, is a psychoactive synthetic drug that alters mood and perception.

Ecstasy gained popularity in night clubs and raves, but is now reaching a broader range of users because of it’s ease of accessibility and low cost. Last month authorities in the Riverside area intercepted over 1,000 Ecstasy pills hidden in a jigsaw puzzle box sent through the mail.

Ecstasy can affect the body’s ability to regulate spikes in the body temperature, that can occasionally result in liver, kidney, or heart failure, and possibly death. Many users will take a combination of Ecstasy with other drugs and or alcohol not knowing the possible dangers.

Concerned someone you know or love has been using Ecstasy? Accredited Drug Testing is the premier source with local locations across the entire state of California to answer all of your drug and alcohol testing questions and needs!

Molly, which refers to the alleged “pure form,” often comes in powder form sold in capsules. These capsules, are cheap and generally sold in bulk. It is not uncommon for dealers to have large quantities of Molly, for the sole purpose of distributing to the masses. A popular venue for the distribution are at concerts or multi-day music festivals, known as raves.

With the surge in popularity of Electronic Dance Music, or “EDM”, many venues are hosts to these multi-day festivals. Most venues are equipped with on hand medical staff to assist with emergencies, but many festival goers camp onsite, and are subject to being left unattended. Another major issue that arises are the sheer mass of crowds that attend these festivals. On site medical staff are only equipped to handle a few cases of medical emergencies, and with the ease of Ecstasy’s mass distribution some overdose cases may be overlooked, resulting in death.   

The Los Angeles County Fair Association is taking action against this outbreak, and stated that there will be no raves at the fairgrounds this year. Raves have stopped being held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Sports Area in 2011 after several Ecstasy overdoes.

Although, there are fewer raves in the Los Angeles area, many events continue to arise outside the city that draw big crowds. This outbreak has sparked debate with authorities and law makers on how to reduce drug-related problems at raves.

With drug and alcohol testing centers throughout the Los Angeles area, Accredited Drug Testing Inc. is available to answer all of your drug and alcohol testing questions and needs. For more information contact:

Andrew Gormally
Marketing/Industry Relations Assistant
Andrew@accredtiteddrugtesting.com
https://www.accrediteddrugtesting.com/
(800) 221-4291
Accredited Drug Testing Inc
Health Screening USA Inc

Related Article: LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-hard-summer-rave-deaths-20150803-story.html

January 23rd -29th Is Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

 

 

This program joins students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV,
movies, music, or from friends.

National Drug & Alcohol Facts week was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  NIDA created this in an effort to stimulate educational events in communities where teens could learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction.

In 2016, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week. NIDA and NIAAA are part of the National Institutes of Health.

Here is some information from the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) annual survey. 

This was a survey conducted of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders by researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health.

As of 1975, the survey measured drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes in 12th graders nationwide; 8th and 10th graders were incorporated into the survey in 1991.

2016 Highlights:

  • 45,4730 students participated from 372 public and private schools
  • 4 percent among 8th graders,
  • 8 percent among 10th graders, and
  • 3 percent among 12th graders.

Although these numbers may seem high, 2016’s survey results are encouraging.  These results illustrate that the past-year use of illicit drugs other than marijuana is continuing to decline to the lowest level in the history of the survey for all three grades.

These rates are down from peak rates of 12.6 percent for 8th graders in 1995, and 18.4 percent for 10th graders in 1996, and 21.6 percent for 12th graders in 2001.

Teen use of many substances is at its lowest level since the survey’s inception, regarding alcohol, cigarettes, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, inhalants, and sedatives (reported only by 12th graders).

Other illicit drugs surveyed also illustrated a 5-year decline.

  • marijuana (among 8th and 10th graders),
  • synthetic cannabinoids (K2/herbal incense, sometimes called “synthetic marijuana”),
  • prescription opioids (reported in the survey as “narcotics other than heroin”),
  • hallucinogens,
  • amphetamines, and
  • over-the-counter cough and cold medications

The survey also found a general decline in perceived risk of harm and disapproval of using several substances.

  • fewer 8th graders think that taking Ecstasy (MDMA) or synthetic cathinones (“bath salts”) occasionally is harmful,
  • fewer report disapproval of taking Ecstasy or inhalants regularly.
  • In 10th graders, there was a decrease in the percentage of students who perceive a risk of harm from the following:
    • trying inhalants or synthetic cathinones once or twice
    • taking Crack, Vicodin®, or synthetic cathinones occasionally
    • using inhalants regularly

Marijuana

Marijuana usage has declined amongst 8th and 10th graders and remains unchanged among 12th graders compared to 5 years ago, despite the changing state marijuana laws. Past-year use of marijuana is at its lowest level in more than 2 decades among 8th and 10th graders.

Last Year Results (8th Graders)

  • Daily use declined from 1.1% to 0.07%

Last 5 Years

  • Daily use decreased form 1.3% to 0.7% (8th Graders)
  • Daily use decreased from 3.6% to 2.5% (10th Graders)
  • 0% continue to report daily use (12 Graders)

Click here to test your knowledge https://teens.drugabuse.gov/quiz/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/take-iq-challenge/2016

High School to Implement Hair Drug Tests

A private high school in Kentucky signed off on randomly drug testing their students on July 4th, this past week. The board at Trinity High School has been attempting to officially implement this for years with 2 years of testing under their belt.

How long have they been doing it?

Six hundred students were tested during their initial year of drug-testing, with 24 students (4 percent) testing positive. During the just-completed school year, they tested 800 students – with just 3 percent testing positive (24 students). While the rates are low, the school considers one positive test a test too high, and is doing everything they can to enforce their stance on drugs and binge drinking.

What’s it costing?

Including using a hair drug test, which can detect any drug use of up to 90 days prior. The standard in the industry is a urine 5 panel drug test, which can test for up to a week prior. Adopting a hair test as the random test of choice is very expensive, one test usually goes for $139.99. This price will be covered by the tuition the families are paying for their students to attend Trinity, at $13,700 a year when paid in full and the price goes up for payment plans.

When a student tests positive, their first reaction is not punitive. The school meets with the parent(s) and student, review the results and encourage them to use community counseling resources to interrupt this risky behavior. During this phase of drug testing, no school consequences occur. School counselors are available for support and guidance. If a student tests positive, he will be tested every 100 days until further notice. If he tests positive again school consequences begin. This has been rare so far.

Parents love it!

Parents support the program because, the school says, they understand it empowers their kids to make better decisions. At parties or in unsupervised homes, teens often are pressured or forget good advice from parents, school and church. A parent told us “we hear frequently that it really does help in peer situations to be able to say, “I can’t. My school tests.””

Though Trinity wasn’t the first school to test in this area, several other schools have visited them to learn more and adopted their policy as their own.

NAPBS Annual Conference 2017 Round Up

This year Accredited Drug Testing attended the National Association of Professional Background Screeners Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. It was an incredible experience and we learned a lot! Keep reading everything for everything we got up to.

Day 1 began with a networking event at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Hotel & Convention Center. While seeing old friends and meeting new ones we were able to enjoy the scenery inside the tropical landscape within the hotel. Soon after we were whisked away into the Opening Ceremony where the previous Chairman of NAPBS officially inducted the new Chairman for the 2017-2018 year. Welcome Scott Hall and we cannot wait to see what you do!

napbs 2017 round up

Day 2 started bright and early with an amazing keynote from the former Executive Vice President of Operations for the Walt Disney World® Resort, Lee Cockerell. “As the Senior Operating Executive for ten years Lee led a team of 40,000 Cast Members and was responsible for the operations of 20 resort hotels, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, a shopping & entertainment village and the ESPN sports and recreation complex in addition to the ancillary operations which supported the number one vacation destination in the world.” One of Lee’s major and lasting legacies was the creation of Disney Great Leader Strategies which was used to train and develop the 7000 leaders at Walt Disney World. He is since retired and has gone to write several best-selling books implementing the “magic” he learned while at Disney while providing several methods to career success and since the theme for NAPBS was “Creating Magical Connections” Lee was the perfect candidate for the keynote and we learned a lot from this speech. Well done Lee!

napbs 2017 round up

Then it was off to the races with several breakout meetings including this very informative session from Bill Judge of Encompass Compliance Corp. entitled The Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Minefield: Your Road Map to Success where Mr. Judge went into detail on several things employers deal with before, during and after implementing a drug testing policy in their company. After an afternoon of learning the tradeshow was open and ADT was ready in Booth #337 to provide information and guidance on all things drug testing while providing insight on all of our additional background check services!

napbs 2017 round up

This afternoon we met several background checking professionals looking for guidance when it came to expanding their drug testing services. If this sounds like you or your company, please email our Marketing & Sales Coordinator alison@accrediteddrugtesting.com to schedule a consultation with our President and CEO James Greer, who has over 20 years of professional experience in this field!

Then it was time to kick back and enjoy Happy Hour with Pam, a laid-back keynote where Pam Devata of Seyfarth Shaw LLP spoke on several legal issues challenging the background check industry and how companies can overcome them. This talk was informative and enjoyable, thanks again Pam!

And suddenly it was the third and final day of the conference, which started with a great talk from Joe Riley of Joe Riley & Associates on how to sell more drug tests. Joe provided incredible insight on how background screeners could capitalize on what their clients are asking for when it comes to drug testing. napbs 2017

And it was back to the trade show where TazWorks and several other exhibitors were doing giant raffles and prize giveaways including a Mustang convertible an attendee was able to win!

napbs 2017 roundup

However short we had the best time at NAPBS 2017 and cannot wait to bring all the knowledge and everything we learned from our peers in this industry back to the office and continue to be America’s favorite drug testing provider. Whether for businesses or individual use, when you need a test, choose the best! Join us here next week for the latest and greatest in drug testing news. And thank you to the National Association of Professional Background Screeners for a great conference.