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Employee termination upheld due to failure to comply with employer’s prescription medication policy

A federal court in Utah upheld the termination of an employee who did not disclose his use of prescription medication in accordance with his employer’s policy.  Angel v. Lisbon Valley Mining Co., Case No. 2:14-CV-00733 (D. Utah Nov. 23, 2015). Angel was employed as a haul truck driver at Lisbon Valley Mining Co., a copper mine. When he interviewed for the job, he was given a copy of the company’s prescription drug policy which he read and signed. The policy provided that employees taking prescription drugs that may impair their ability to safely perform their jobs must inform human resources of the use of such medications, and obtain a release from the company’s occupational physician authorizing the employee to work and specifying any work restrictions before the employee may return to work. The policy further provided that an employee’s failure to disclose that the employee is taking such prescription medications could result...
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Employers: Reduce you insurance costs!

smoker When employers hire workers that are smokers, the insurance costs are higher.  At DATCS, we can test your prospective employees for NICOTINE.  A simple urine drug screen can tell you if you are hiring someone who uses tobacco in any form.  If you have a policy to hire only those who do not use tobacco products and the prospective new hire has told you they do not use, then a simple test will make a big difference in your insurance costs.  It is as simple as that.
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What CDL Drivers Need to Know

usdotOverview of Drug and Alcohol Rules The United States Congress recognized the need for a drug and alcohol free transportation industry, and in 1991 passed the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, requiring DOT agencies to implement drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees. 49 CFR Part 40, or Part 40 as we call it, is a DOT-wide regulation that states how to conduct testing and how to return employees to safety-sensitive duties after they violate a DOT drug and alcohol regulation. Part 40 applies to all DOT-required testing, regardless of mode of transportation. For example, whether you are an airline employee covered by FAA rules or a trucking company driver covered by FMCSA rules, Part 40 procedures for collecting and testing specimens and reporting of test results apply to you. Each DOT Agency-specific regulation spells out who is subject to testing, whenand in what situations for a particular transportation industry. Since the early 1990s, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
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DEATHS AND POISONINGS FROM SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

spice-k2Big increase in deaths, poisonings from synthetic marijuana Synthetic marijuana is back in the news, with some frightening revelations. New figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show synthetic marijuana killed 15 people in the first half of 2015 -- three times as many as the same period in 2014. Poison control centers across the country have also seen a 229 percent increase in phone calls related to use of the drugs since January. Synthetic marijuana is a class of designer drugs made up of psychoactive chemicals or a combination of chemicals that are sprayed onto plant material and then smoked or eaten to produce a high. They mimic the effects of THC, the compound naturally found in marijuana, and can be far more potent. Consumers don't know what chemical compounds are in them, so toxicity and health effects vary widely. Synthetic marijuana can be purchased online or at...
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DATCS: WICHITA FALLS, TX - DOT COMPLIANCE TESTING

DATCS at Wichita Falls is our northern location in Texas. We do DOT Consortium, DOT Drug and Alcohol Compliance. Click show more for a interactive map which you can use to find your way here! Our hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday but we also offer weekend and after hours services for many occasions. If you have any questions or concerns, call us at 903-234-1136 or 903-720-2521 for after hours emergencies. Location : 4701 SW Parkway, #18, Wichita Falls, TX 76310
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USE OF ILLICIT DRUGS ON THE RISE

Use of illicit drugs, including marijuana, has been rising steadily among college-aged young adults. In addition, non-medical use of stimulants, including Adderall and Ritalin, has more than doubled in the past few years. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has created a new section on its website featuring the most recent Monitoring the Future (MTF) national survey results on drug use among students enrolled full time in a 2- or 4-year college as well as young people of the same age group not attending college. It also includes links of interest to parents, educators, dorm supervisors, counselors, clinicians and researchers who work with this age group. Additional resources include infographics, statistics and trends, treatment guides, information about careers in addiction science as well as related videos, publications, articles, and other relevant materials. For more information on NIDA’s College-Age and Young Adults web page, go to: http://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/college-age-young-adults For more information on...
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ER Visits for Synthetic Marijuana Rising

There were 11,406 emergency room visits associated with synthetic marijuana in 2010—75 percent were among the ages of 12-29. Synthetic marijuana currently holds second place in teenage popularity behind marijuana. Researchers claim the allure is the ill-perceived safety and legality of synthetic marijuana as compared to other drugs, the National Institute on Drug Abuse said in 2013. Soon after the 2011 FDA ban of synthetic pot, a DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart told Gothamist that "young people are being harmed when they smoke these dangerous ‘fake pot’ products and wrongly equate the products’ ‘legal’ retail availability with being ‘safe.'" A Think Progress report explains that the use of synthetic marijuana decreased after 2011 in response to health officials warning consumers. Despite of the notice, the drug maintained its relevance amongst young adults, with one in 20 high school students using the drug in 2014, one in 30 during 2013. Males make up...
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Synthetic Marijuana Emergencies Quadruple from 2014

Health officials are brainstorming ideas of how to combat the nationwide outpouring of hospital visits for synthetic marijuana. During April alone, there were more than 1,000 illnesses from this substance, which is double the amount from January and March, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported. This year’s statistics have quadrupled in comparison to 2014. Recently, as hospital admissions have increased, Alabama, Mississippi and New York health departments have delivered warnings about the usage of synthetic marijuana. Arizona, Florida, New Jersey and Texas followed suit by reporting similar cases to the public. Mississippi health professionals informed their state about more than 400 hospital room visits during April. More than 120 emergency visits associated with synthetic marijuana took place between April 8 and April 15 in New York. Common effects of this drug are "psychotic episodes, seizures, severe anxiety, muscle spasms, and suicidal thoughts," according to Think Progress. Common names for...
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USA TODAY: Authorities, family believe edible pot killed Oklahoma man

The following article was posted from USA TODAY. KEYSTONE, Colo. — An Oklahoma man shot himself while on a ski vacation with his family, which blames his death on an overdose of marijuana-infused candy. Luke Gregory Goodman, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., died Tuesday after two days on life support, officials said. Goodman ate the marijuana candies Saturday afternoon then shot himself about 10 p.m. MT, officials said. An autopsy has not yet been completed, but the Summit County Coroner's Office said his death was "consistent with a suicide." Toxicology reports are pending in Goodman's death. Goodman's family said he bought the legal edibles at a nearby marijuana store in this town about 60 miles west of Denver and ate five pieces, the equivalent of five doses. "It was completely a reaction to the drugs," his mother, Kim Goodman, told KCNC-TV, Denver. "It was completely out of character for Luke. … There...
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CDC : Heroin Deaths Quadruple Nationally

Americans in 28 states are increasingly dying from the addictive grips of opioid pain relievers and Heroin. Now, drug overdose deaths have moved to the top cause of injury death in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Oct. 3 2014 that analyzed the deaths of about half of the United States population during 1999-2012. Since the initial research in 1999, overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers, such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone, have quadrupled. Heroin, which is an opiate synthesized from morphine, has contributed to a 50 percent increase of overdose deaths during 1999-2012. Heroin overdose deaths are rising amongst genders, all age groups, regions and ethnic groups, excluding American Indians/ Native Americans, according to CDC. The Northeast and South experienced heroin overdose death increases of 211.2 percent and 180.9 percent, respectively. In the Midwest and West, there were increases of 62.1...
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A Safe New Year is a Happy New Year

NEW YEAR BLOG PHOTOAs the clock strikes midnight, the year 2015 will finally be among us. The thrill of a new year brings excitement for some and a severe lack of sound judgment for others. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2011 Texas had the most drunk driving fatalities nationwide. During 2012, drinking-related deaths rose by seven percent to 1,296. Unfortunately, drunk driving increases during holidays because of parties and other social events. New Year’s Eve and Day has become the most dangerous time to be on roadways.To combat this problem, MADD is preparing to implement ignition interlocks for those convicted of drinking under the influence. In addition to that, MADD wants to legalize the option of sobriety checkpoints. Keep you and others safe this holiday by abstaining from drinking and driving completely. Drug and Alcohol Testing Compliance Services wishes you and yours a safe and happy New Year’s. By Alex Byrd
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