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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 :
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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. 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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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 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, 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: For more information on...
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Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA: The Past Can Come Back To You

Criminal Background Check Shreveport LAOwning or operating a business carries with it the possibility of a great number of unforeseen occurrences like weather-related delays in your shipping or software glitches that can keep you from processing orders.  But the last kind of surprise you want is finding out that one of your employees has a criminal record.  That’s why it’s so important to have a criminal background check in Shreveport LA done for all of your current and potential employees. This may seem like a great deal of trouble to go through, especially if you have a lot of employees; but think about the possible consequences of not knowing who’s working for you.  Depending on the type of criminal activity your employee was involved in, you could be setting the stage for workplace violence that cannot only damage your company’s reputation but can also result in physical injury to you, other employees or customers.  If...
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DATCS Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA: Take The Guess Work Out Of Your Hiring Process

Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA First impressions are important, but how do you know what a potential employee is really like? With a Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA done by your professionals at DATCS, you can take the guess work out of who to hire. When you are not being forced to guess based off of a first impression and are making your hiring decisions based off of facts you will be more confident and protected as an employer. At DATCS we will work with you to implement a background check process. Our results are thorough and reliable. Feel confident in your employees with the help of your Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA experts.  Call DATCS today 318-678-5568. [osky-citation keyword='Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA'] Photo Credit:  © alexskopje
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Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA: Know Who’s Working For You

Criminal Background Check Shreveport LADo you know who’s working for you?  You should know everything about your employees to protect yourself, your staff and your business.  That’s where a criminal background check in Shreveport LA comes in.  A criminal background check can find out more about your employees’ than just their names.  It can uncover not only a criminal past but any financial problems an employee may have.  A criminal background check in Shreveport LA can also help you get information about any potential employees before you hire them. Call us at DATCS at (318) 678-5568 or visit for help with your criminal background checks. [osky-citation keyword='Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA'] Photo Credit:  © Mattz90
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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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Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA: Increase Your Workplace Safety

Criminal Background Check Shreveport LA As an employer, you probably get to know your staff pretty well, especially if you have a small- or even a medium-sized business.  And because you spend so much time with so many different kinds of people, you can get to be pretty good at reading them and figuring out if there’s something wrong or if there’s something they’re not telling you.  The good thing is that you don’t have to go it alone if you have a bad feeling about someone who works for you - you can get a criminal background check in Shreveport LA that can tell you everything your sixth sense can’t tell you. No one likes to think the worst of others but as an employer, you have a responsibility, not only to your business but to your other staff and your customers to be careful who you hire.  And, unfortunately, people will try to...
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DATCS Background Checks Shreveport LA:

Background Checks Shreveport LA How do you really know who you are hiring? As a business owner it is your responsibility to know that you are hiring employees that are free and clear of an unsavory background that could come back to negatively affect your business and customers. This is where DACTS and our Background Checks Shreveport LA service comes into play. We offer quick and reliable results that will leave you confident in your hiring process. If you don’t have a background check policy and system in place, we can help with that too.  Call DATCS today for your expert Background Check Shreveport LA service at 318-678-5568. [osky-citation keyword='Background Checks Shreveport LA'] Photo Credit:  © Jirsak
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