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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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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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Drug Testing In Texarkana AR: The ABCs Of Employer Drug Testing

Drug Testing Texarkana AR Every day in this country, employees show up at their place of work suffering from an impairment of some kind because of drug or alcohol abuse.  For that reason, employer drug testing in Texarkana AR has become such an important tool for businesses.  Not only are many employers in the U.S. using drug testing for their employees and potential employees, they’re also implementing clear written policies that outline the kinds of behavior they expect from their employees and how they’ll go about making sure that their employees aren’t abusing drugs or alcohol. Drug testing in Texarkana AR is important for many reasons including: ➤  It deters employees from abusing drugs or alcohol. ➤  It keeps employers from hiring new employees who are substance abusers ➤  It allows employers to provide a safe workplace for their employees and protects the general public. ➤  It lets employers identify employees who have substance...
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DATCS Drug Testing Texarkana AR: The Necessary Step To Protect Your Business

Drug Testing Texarkana AR As a business owner it is your responsibility to know who you have employed. With DATCS and our Drug Testing Texarkana AR services we can help protect your business, customers and other employees. If you don’t already have a testing policy enforced, we can help plan and implement one today. These types of policies set a precedence for not only your current employees, but also future ones while weeding out potential problems. Having an employee who uses drugs can be a risk to everyone they are around, including your business. Take charge and start preventing unnecessary risks to your business with employee Drug Testing Texarkana AR.  To get started call your experts at DATCS today at 903-500-2770. [osky-citation keyword='Drug Testing Texarkana AR'] Photo Credit:  ©Depositphotos.com/ cozyta
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