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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 form is...
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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 is...
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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 the 2C family of drugs,...
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Great article Devan. It is interesting to note that with 2Cs growing in popularity, there is still not much done by the laws in th... Read More
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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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Nov
27

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 in...
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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 RulesThe 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 (FMCSA) and...
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Oct
13

DEATHS AND POISONINGS FROM SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA

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Big increase in deaths, poisonings from synthetic marijuanaSynthetic 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 small retail outlets, where it's...
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Jul
31

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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Jun
11

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-adultsFor more information on the MTF Survey...
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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 77.5 percent of all...
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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 synthetic marijuana are K2,...
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Mar
27

USA TODAY: Authorities, family believe edible pot killed Oklahoma man

The following article was posted from USA TODAY.KEYSTONE, Colo. — An Oklahoma man shot himself while on a ski vacation with his family, which blames his death on an overdose of marijuana-infused candy.Luke Gregory Goodman, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., died Tuesday after two days on life support, officials said. Goodman ate the marijuana candies Saturday afternoon then shot himself about 10 p.m. MT, officials said.An autopsy has not yet been completed, but the Summit County Coroner's Office said his death was "consistent with a suicide."Toxicology reports are pending in Goodman's death. Goodman's family said he bought the legal edibles at a nearby marijuana store in this town about 60 miles west of Denver and ate five pieces, the equivalent of five doses."It was completely a reaction to the drugs," his mother, Kim Goodman, told KCNC-TV, Denver. "It was completely out of character for Luke. … There was no depression or anything...
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Mar
11

CDC : Heroin Deaths Quadruple Nationally

Americans in 28 states are increasingly dying from the addictive grips of opioid pain relievers and Heroin. Now, drug overdose deaths have moved to the top cause of injury death in the United States.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Oct. 3 2014 that analyzed the deaths of about half of the United States population during 1999-2012.Since the initial research in 1999, overdose deaths from opioid pain relievers, such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, and oxycodone, have quadrupled. Heroin, which is an opiate synthesized from morphine, has contributed to a 50 percent increase of overdose deaths during 1999-2012.Heroin overdose deaths are rising amongst genders, all age groups, regions and ethnic groups, excluding American Indians/ Native Americans, according to CDC.The Northeast and South experienced heroin overdose death increases of 211.2 percent and 180.9 percent, respectively. In the Midwest and West, there were increases of 62.1 percent and 90.7 percent,...
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