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May
23

New software access information

Help using the new software Please use the following links as guides to the new software   Click here - DATCS Client Portal Quick Start Link Click here - DATCS Client Portal Quick Start PDF Click here - Webinar
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Apr
26

New software regarding FormFox ordering of test

Starting Monday, April 29th, we will be successfully transitioned to our new software regarding FormFox ordering of tests. Please refer to the following link regarding training of users of this portal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vok2xiKVq70 Thank you everyone for your continued patience and support!
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Mar
21

Urine Testing

Urine Testing
1.      Urine drug testing is the most commonly used drug test specimen type because of its proven methodology and broad range of drug panels . It is the only specimen type used for regulated drug testing programs. 2.      Urine drug tests detect drug use in the previous 24 to 72 hours. Drug detection in urine testing can vary depending on the drug, the amount ingested, and the donor’s metabolism.  3.      Urine testing can be used for nearly every drug testing reason which includes pre-employment, random, periodic, return-to-duty, reasonable suspicion, and post-accident. 4.      Adulterating, substituting, and diluting a specimen are common ways that donors try to cheat a urine drug test.  Specimen validity testing can help ensure the integrity of a urine test by measuring pH, creatinine, and specific gravity (when indicated) and identifying if these results are consistent with human urine. Common adulterants include items such as bleach, iodine, ammonia, nitrites,...
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Mar
21

CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

In just over nine months, the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is scheduled to go into effect. Signed into law in 2016, the Clearinghouse will serve as a central database where drivers’ drug and alcohol violations are stored.

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Mar
21

Top 10 U.S. Metropolitan Areas With the Highest Marijuana Positivity

Top 10 U.S. Metropolitan Areas With the Highest Marijuana Positivity

Marijuana positivity for the American workforce is up for the fifth consecutive year, a trend showing no signs of slowing. Drug positivity in states without marijuana use statutes has kept pace with the national average of 2.1% for the combined U.S. workforce. However, data from Quest Diagnostics shows that the states with the highest positivity rates do not necessarily contain the cities or metropolitan areas with the highest marijuana positivity.

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Mar
21

CBD Oil in the Workplace: What You Should Know

CBD Oil in the Workplace: What You Should Know

Epidiolex Cannabidiol (CBD) was approved by the FDA in 2018 to treat seizures in people (primarily children) with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. While CBD remains on the DEA Schedule I list, it has been decriminalized in 47 states. As a result, thousands of CBD products such as oils, tinctures, pills, and liquids used in vaping devices are now widely available in retail stores and online. However, there are currently no uniform standards or widely accepted testing certifications for CBD.

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Dec
10

Cocaine's Deadly Comeback

Cocaine's Deadly Comeback

Deaths from cocaine, after holding steady for many years, increased an alarming 52% between 2015 and 2016, according to the CDC, with the trend continuing in the most recent federal data. The stimulant is now killing approximately 13,000 people a year, on track to rival painkiller pills and heroin.

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Dec
10

The Consequences of Refusing a Test

The Consequences of Refusing a Test

Many employees do not realize the ramifications of refusing a DOT drug and/or alcohol test. The Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) website offers a poster that helps employees understand what could happen to them should they decide to not complete a DOT test.

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Dec
10

Thinking Green on the Job? Think Again.

Thinking Green on the Job? Think Again.

The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40, at 40.151(e) – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason. State initiatives have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program.

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Dec
10

New Longview Location & Extended Hours for Bossier City

New Longview Location & Extended Hours for Bossier City
It finally happened! With your support and patronage, our DATCS Longview location got too big for its premises and we had to move to a bigger office! So from now on, if you’re looking for the best drug testing and compliance services available, you will need to go to 4000 North Hwy 259, Longview, TX 75605 . The entrance to our new facility is directly past Enterprise Rent-A-Center. Contact our customer service team with any questions: 903-234-1136 . DATCS is also pleased to announce that our Bossier, Louisiana office will be extending their business hours to better accommodate our customers’ needs. Beginning January 1, 2019 our Bossier office will be open from 7 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday . We hope that you will take advantage of our longer hours and we look forward to assisting you! If you have any questions, one of our dedicated Bossier teammates will...
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Jul
09

Policy Updates Are Critical

Policy Updates Are Critical

Now, more than ever, clearly defined policies and procedures are critical for employers. The policy decision must consider DOT fitness for duty as well as the possible accommodations that an employer can make in these times when prescription  drug abuse impacts millions of Americans from all socioeconomic, political, age, gender, and ethnicity groups.

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Jun
28

How Does a DER Handle the "Safety Concern" Noted by a MRO on a Test Result Caused by Prescription Drugs?

How Does a DER Handle the "Safety Concern" Noted by a MRO on a Test Result Caused by Prescription Drugs?

MRO’s are adding on negative test results “safety concerns” which have confused lots of DER’s on how to handle a safety concern.

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Jun
18

Deadline for Usage of Old/Expired Custody & Control Forms

Deadline for Usage of Old/Expired Custody & Control Forms

Employers, DER’S, Collectors, laboratories, OR Medical Review Officers (MRO’s) may not use “old CCF forms for DOT mandated drug test after June 30, 2018. DOT revised Federal Custody and Control Form will be the only accepted CCF for a valid DOT drug test after June 30, 2018. What is the difference?

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Mar
29

Fatigued Driving

Fatigued Driving

Carriers and drivers tend to believe that Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations are stacked against them and, in some cases, make fatigue and speeding problems worse. It takes effort for drivers and dispatchers to track hours on and off the road and appropriately schedule trips. What benefit is there to the carrier to comply with these regulations?

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Mar
21

Prescription Misuse Epidemic

Prescription Misuse Epidemic

As one of the nation’s leading safety advocates, the National Safety Council (NSC) spotlights issues in an effort to “eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” The organization has identified prescription drug misuse as one of its key safety issues because of the alarming rise in addiction rates, ER visits, overdoses, and fatalities. Dr. Don Teater, Medical Advisor for the National Safety Council, has emphatically stated, “Painkillers don’t kill pain. They kill people.”

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Mar
14

Collector Errors & Affidavits

Collector Errors & Affidavits
Designated Employer Representatives (DERs) who review drug and alcohol paperwork will occasionally notice errors on Custody and Control Forms (CCFs) and Alcohol Testing Forms (ATFs). Some need to be corrected by affidavit from the collector or technician who committed the error, or the test must be cancelled, per §40.203 and §40.269.    The following errors require correction by affidavit.    1. The collector’s signature is omitted on Step 4 of the CCF.  2. The technician does not sign the ATF.  3. The employee’s signature is omitted on Step 5 of the CCF, unless the reason for the missing signature is noted on the remarks line of the CCF.  4. The employee’s signature is omitted from Step 4 of the ATF for an alcohol test with a confirmed result of 0.02 or greater, and the technician did not make a remark to explain why the signature is missing.  5. A Non-Federal or expired...
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Mar
07

Alcohol Testing Procedures

Alcohol Testing Procedures
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Find this and many other informative articles in our quarterly newsletter, out now! Breath alcohol tests are performed at DATCS by having the donor blow forcefully into the Evidential Breath Testing (EBT) device’s mouthpiece for at least 6 seconds or until the EBT indicates that an adequate amount of breath has been attained. If the result is less than 0.02, the test is considered negative. If the result is 0.02 or greater, a confirmation test must be performed after a waiting period of at least 15 minutes. The confirmation test must be completed within 30 minutes from the completion of the original screening test. A new mouthpiece must be used and the EBT must be tested to assure proper registering. The BAT (Breath Alcohol Technician) shall report all results to the employer in a confidential manner. This report may be in writing, in person, by telephone or electronic means. If the result...
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Feb
20

Drugs in Focus: Smiles

Drugs in Focus: Smiles
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In a world this size, it is very easy to underestimate the number of harmful and highly addictive drugs that thrive on our streets, as well as drugs that are just now gaining public awareness. Each week, we'll examine harmful and/or illegal drugs of all  forms, shapes, and sizes. There are some you may be familiar with, but there will likely be a surprise or two along the way. This week, we turn our focus to the synthetic hallucinogen 2C-1, also known as Smiles.   A synthetic hallucinogenic otherwise known as 2C-I, it's most often sold as a powder, which can be mixed with candy or chocolate before ingesting. Like its synthetic predecessors, such as K-2 and bath salts, smiles seems to appeal to a younger demographic —half of those exposed to it in 2011 were teenagers, according to the American Association of Poison Control. (source: The Fix ) 2C-I is part of...
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Feb
14

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day
From all of us at DATCS, we hope you have a safe and wonderful Valentine's Day in the workplace and at home!
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Feb
13

Drugs in Focus: Rohypnol

Drugs in Focus: Rohypnol

In a world this size, it is very easy to underestimate the number of harmful and highly addictive drugs that thrive on our streets, as well as drugs that are just now gaining public awareness. Each week, we'll examine harmful and/or illegal drugs of all  forms, shapes, and sizes. There are some you may be familiar with, but there will likely be a surprise or two along the way. This week, we'll be looking at a small yet powerful benzodiazepine known as Rohypnol and its troubling impact on teens and young adults.

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