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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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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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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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Alcohol Testing Procedures

Alcohol Testing Procedures
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...
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Drugs in Focus: Smiles

Drugs in Focus: Smiles
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 the 2C family...
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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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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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Memorial Day

Closed in observance of Memorial Day. DATCS willopen Tuesday, May 30, at normal business hours. “Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring veterans, its honoring those who lost their lives. Veterans had the fortune of coming home. For us, that’s a reminder of when we come home we still have a responsibility to serve. It’s a continuation of service that honors our country and those who fell defending it.” – Pete Hegseth
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National Police Week : DATCS supports Police all over the nation!

Image result for national police week In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation's Capital each year. The National Peace Officers' Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored...
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Taking Back Unused Prescription Drugs


Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

This federal program provides secure take-back locations for anyone to turn in their unused prescription medications, no strings attached.

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Recovering From Addiction: The Best Tips On How To Be Safe And Healthy

    Starting your life over after battling an addiction can feel like it’s just that: starting over. It’s a difficult transition, and many people in recovery find themselves facing relapse under the weight of coping with it all. It’s important to remember that this process is a lengthy one, and that nothing will happen overnight. That’s why it’s imperative that you give yourself some time to heal and learn how to manage your expectations. Here are a few tips on how to stay safe and healthy after living with addiction. Take it slow You may feel as though you’ve moved on to a new chapter and are ready to take on the world, and that’s wonderful! However, it’s important to remember that recovery takes time. Removing yourself from the addiction is only the first step, and there may be days when you don’t feel like yourself. It’s a normal part...
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Important Things to Know to Help You Overcome Addiction

woodland 656969 960 720If you’ve identified that you have a problem with drug or alcohol abuse, made a decision to do something about it, and made a solid, specific plan of recovery, congratulations - you’ve put yourself on the path. Honestly, both to others and to yourself, is crucial at this moment. It’s important to be honest about the process as well, which means that you know this: putting yourself on the path to recovery, though brave and commendable, does not mean your work is over. It’s called a path to recovery for a reason - you must walk down it and avoid the pitfalls that arise along the way. Now that you’re on the path, here are some helpful things to know as you begin. Identify, familiarize yourself, and prepare for you triggers Throughout your journey to recovery, it’s likely you’ll face many triggers, or circumstances that tempt one into relapse. Triggers are...
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Drug Overdose during the Holidays – Time is now.

Of all the illicit drugs on the market, cocaine acts as one of the most powerfully addictive substances in existence. Cocaine produces an intense “high,” giving users a feeling of confidence, excitement and seemingly boundless energy. Unfortunately, these effects only last for so long before cocaine’s presence in the brain and body start to cause problems. During the holiday season, a cocaine addiction can quickly spin out of control considering the added pressures and obligations that come with this time of year. Read More Here : http://cocaine.org/drug-overdose-during-the-holidays-why-the-time-to-get-cocaine-addiction-treatment-is-now/
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DATCS is now offering Online Training!

DATCS is now offering online collectors training for both DOT urine and alcohol collections/testing. This is a live interaction via a webcam with certified master trainers. This training requires at least a two week notice in advanced for scheduling purpose as well as the shipping of all the training material to your location. This training concludes with the required 5 consecutive error free mock collections to be observed by the instructor between the student and a donor. The donor can be any party of the student’s choosing but they may not be the instructor. The classroom material takes approximately 6 hours to cover and the hands-on practice mocks generally take 2. This training is offered Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. For the scheduling of this training or to inquire about pricing/ordering supplies please contact the training department located out of DATCS’ corporate office in Longview Tx. Training@datcs.com or (903) 234-1136...
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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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