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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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Nov
24

Employers: Reduce you insurance costs!

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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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Oct
13

What CDL Drivers Need to Know

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Overview 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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May
14

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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May
14

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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Sep
28

Hair Drug Test Wichita Falls TX: We Can Help With All Your Testing Needs

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When you need drug testing, you want to know you’ve got someone who can help you with all the details.  If you’re looking for drug testing options in Wichita Falls, TX, that place is DATCS.  We can help with a hair drug test in Wichita Falls TX or many other options available.  We’ll help with all the paperwork to backup the results of the tests and answer any questions you have regarding the results.  Don’t stress anymore over dealing with companies that don’t have the same experience.  Trust the best at DATCS and give us a call today to get started at (940) 400-2779. [osky-citation keyword= 'hair drug test Wichita Falls TX']Photo Credit: @DepositPhotos/ a l e x r a t h s
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Jun
24

MRO Wichita Falls TX: Get Professional Drug Testing In The Wichita Falls Area

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Are you a business owner or manager who needs to conduct workplace drug testing in the Wichita Falls, TX and Texarkana, TX/Texarkana, AR area? Are you looking for a testing company with an MRO Wichita Falls TX? Then call DATCS today. We have a Medical Review Officer on staff who reviews and interprets tests and recommends actions to be taken in workplace drug testing cases. Our MRO Wichita Falls TX is not only knowledgeable about controlled and other substances, he or she plays a vital role in the testing process. For guaranteed accurate results, call DATCS today at 940-400-2779 or visit our website at www.datet.com to see which services we offer. [osky-citation keyword= 'mro wichita falls tx']
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Jun
16

The Basics of Drug Testing Tyler TX

Between television shows and news broadcasts, almost everyone understands the basic purpose of drug testing Tyler TX . Most people know that drug testing involves taking a biological sample—usually blood or urine—and analyzing it to determine if drugs are present in the system of the person being tested. However, most people don’t understand more about the process than these basics. Often people don’t understand what samples need to be taken, or how they need to be taken, or what the test is actually attempting to show. If someone understands the basics of a drug test they will be able to choose which kind of drug test would work best for their needs. Testing samples can come from a wide variety of biological specimens. These specimens include things like urine, blood, hair, sweat, saliva, and breath air. Different kinds of drug tests work best at detecting different kinds of drugs. The most...
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Mar
20

Employee Drug Testing Longview TX: A Smart Move For Your Business

Drug testing for your Longview TX business is one of the best things you can do to protect both yourself and your employees. Whether your company is big or small, you likely work with employees on a regular basis. Good employees help you keep the business moving in the right direction, allowing for all of the simple and complex jobs to be accomplished from day to day. Responsible, determined employees are a great asset to the company, while those who tend to become lazy or unreliable make your job much harder. Because good employees are vital to any company, the owner or manager must take certain measures to ensure that they show up each day willing and ready to work. They need to be able to handle any tasks or complications that may arise. One of the best ways to monitor employees is through regular drug testing Longview TX . Consider...
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Mar
03

Signing Up for Easy Drug Testing Tyler Texas

Drug testing has been around for years, and for good reason. Courts, law enforcement agencies, business owners, and schools require drug testing to ensure safety and consistency. There are many places to turn for drug and alcohol tests, but DATCS is the best in Texas and Louisiana. When Are Drug Tests Required? Employers and business owners often require job applicants and new employees to take drug and alcohol tests. Courts also require drug or alcohol tests to prove a point in a legal case. For example, if a person is accused of drunk driving or intoxicated driving and is pleading not guilty, drug or alcohol testing at the time of the accident may be required. Tests may also be required on the spot at the time of arrest. The accuracy of drug testing Tyler Texas surprises some people. People figure if they are clean and drug-free for a few days or...
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Oct
15

DATCS - Drug Testing Companies in Texas That Protects Your Company From False Drug Results

As an employer, you set customer and employee safety and productivity above everything else. You know that drug-using employees can cause a lot of problems for your business, and so it’s imperative that you do pre-employment and random employee drug testing, and that you use the one of the best drug testing companies in Texas . Unfortunately, you would probably be surprised to find out that “cheating” on employee drug tests is an extremely common practice. Some drug testing companies in Texas might not have the training or capabilities to discover all the different types of drug test cheating that occur. But at DATCS, we have it covered. We see people attempting to cheat a drug test almost on a daily basis, and our trained staff know how to spot and prevent the various creative attempts at cheating a drug test. The most common form of “cheating” on drug tests involves...
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Sep
20

Texas Drug Test News

DATCS offers Texas drug tests for a variety of reasons, including employee drug testing. We help businesses keep their work environment safe and productive, and if an employee fails a drug test, we can assist them in finding help to overcome their drug problem. A recently-passed Texas bill is aimed to help welfare recipients have that same sobriety, accountability, and drug abuse help when necessary.   This April, the Texas state Senate passed a bill that will require some welfare applicants to undergo drug testing to be eligible for benefits. After completing a screening assessment, applicants who are considered to be at a high risk of drug use (for example, those with previous felony drug convictions, previous failed drug tests, etc.) will be required to take a drug test before collecting benefits.   Applicants who test positive for drugs will not be allowed to collect benefits for twelve months. If they...
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Sep
06

Synthetic Drugs Point Out Increased Need for Drug Testing Tyler TX Services

  When most people hear the word “marijuana”, they picture secret gardens hidden deep in the woods, planted by growers worried that their illegal farm will be spotted by police aircraft.  One image that usually doesn’t come to mind is that of a chemist mixing a batch of compounds in a lab somewhere.  But that’s exactly where the future of illegal cannabis use is headed, thanks to the growing problem of synthetic drugs.  The increasing use of these harmful substances is just one reason why drug testing Tyler TX services are more important than ever.   Synthetic Drugs: A Prescription for Tragedy Earlier this year, a tragic accident occurred in Pennsylvania when a driver who had just used a form of synthetic cannabis lost control of his car.  The speeding vehicle flew over a median strip, killing a pair of innocent people who were driving on an adjoining road.  As this...
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Jul
19

Drug Testing, Texas - To Keep Everyone Safe

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We are constantly bombarded with news about various athletes taking performance enhancing drugs to pad their statistics and to get more money from their teams. We hear of impaired drivers on the road that are under the influence of prescription medication, illegal drugs or alcohol. Many of us have experienced or heard of employees that are under the influence of drugs in the workplace creating not only an unpleasant experience for the customer, but also compromise their own safety and the safety of co-workers. According to studies conducted, nearly 1 out of 3 fatal collisions on Texas roadways are related to alcohol. Nobody wants to be exposed to these risks. Employers as well as customers or clients are expecting the best possible service. If you need confidential and professional drug testing in Texas, Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Service or DATCS is the leading provider of drug testing in Texas. DATCS...
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Jun
21

Fast and Reliable Drug Testing Can Be Found in Longview, TX

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Today’s employment market is very competitive, and employers want to make sure that their employees are not only the best trained and have the right experience, employers also need to ensure that their current and future employees are able to perform their duties to the best of their abilities. One of the many ways to ensure top performance, is by having all future and even current employees undergo drug testing for legal or illegal substances, nicotine, and/or alcohol. It is common for government agencies to require periodic tests to issue or renew occupational licenses, such as commercial driver licenses. The professionals at Drug & Alcohol Testing Compliance Services are able to perform drug testing in Longview, TX for a variety of situations. They may include pre-employment drug testing, court ordered testing, return-to-duty testing, reasonable suspicion testing, post accident and follow-up testing. Courts may also order drug tests to make sure individuals...
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May
20

DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal Today

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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DEA Public Affairs  (202) 307-7977   Press Release DEA Makes Three More “Fake Pot” Drugs Temporarily Illegal Today MAY 16 (WASHINGTON) –Today the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) made the synthetic cannabinoids UR-144, XLR11, and AKB48 Schedule I, illegal drugs under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) for the next two years.  These cannabinoids are often seen in so-called “fake pot” products that are falsely marketed and sold as “herbal incense” or “potpourri” products on the Internet and by a variety of retail stores.    Synthetic cannabinoids refer to a family of substances that act on the brain similar to delta-9 THC, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis.  The actual chemical names of today’s controlled cannabinoids are: •         (1-pentyl-1H-indol-3-yl)(2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (UR-144); •         [1-(5-fluoro-pentyl)-1H- indol-3-yl](2,2,3,3-tetramethylcyclopropyl)methanone (5-fluoro-UR-144, XLR11); and •         N-(1-adamantyl)-1-pentyl-1H-indazole-3-carboxamide (APINACA, AKB48). This action is based on a finding by DEA’s Deputy Administrator Thomas Harrigan that the placement...
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May
13

Hospital treats drug-dependent babies in Knoxville, TN

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[caption id="attachment_4203" align="alignleft" width="307"] In this March 29, 2013 photo, Baby Liam receives a dose of morphine at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, Tenn. The baby is one of many infants born dependent on drugs being treated at the facility. In most cases seen at the hospital, mothers had abused prescription painkillers or anti-anxiety medicines while pregnant. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) The baby is one of many infants born dependent on drugs. He is being treated at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville, where doctors and nurses are on the front lines fighting the nation's prescription drug epidemic. Drug abuse in the state is ranked among the nation's highest, according to some estimates, a fact underscored by the number of children born with signs of drug dependence . In 2008, East Tennessee Children's Hospital treated 33 infants at the hospital for drug dependence, known as neonatal abstinence syndrome. Officials there expect...
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May
08

A Synthetic Drug Called Benzo Fury - “The Legal Killer”

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Benzo Fury' may harbor addiction risk
Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2013 -- Today there are many different synthetic drugs which are created to simulate other illegal drugs, displaying a myraid of effects due to its toxic properties and its “unknown source.” There is no standard in the creation of synthetic drugs because it is all up to the “illegal chemist” to decide how much of what goes into their product—not caring for the unpredictable reactions it causes to its user. Common forms of synthetic drugs may be synthetic marijuana called spice and bathsalts, which aim to mimic the effects of cocaine or methamphetamine. Another type of synthetic high called “Benzo Fury” is still legal for sale in both the United States and the United Kingdom. It is...
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Mar
22

Drug Testing News: Pre-Employment Drug Test Positives Increase More Than 5%

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Marijuana Remains Most Commonly Detected; Oral Fluid Finding More Positives MADISON, N.J., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Job candidates subject to pre-employment drug screening tested positive for illicit drugs at a greater rate in the first six months of 2012 than in all of 2011, according to Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) data released today by Quest Diagnostics (DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. The positivity rate from pre-employment urine drug screening in the U.S. general workforce increased by 5.7% in the first half of 2012 compared to 2011, while the positivity rate from random urine drug testing in the U.S. general workforce was down 5.8%. The positivity rate in pre-employment urine drug screening for the federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce remained unchanged from 2011 through the first half of 2012, but the positivity rate from random testing among these workers was down 6.7% in the first six months of 2012...
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