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Drug Testing in the Workplace: Value and Importance

Why is drug testing in the workplace crucial?  The answer is simple.  If you want to ensure a safe environment, retain honest employees, increase productivity and reduce absenteeism then drug testing and background checks are a must.  Regardless if you are a small business or large, in construction or corporate, drug and alcohol testing should […]

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Impact of Drugged Driving: “Sleep Driving” (Ambien Zombie-ism)

Drugged driving is a serious traffic safety issue and a national epidemic with devastating consequences. 33% of fatally injured drivers who are tested for drugs test positive. DUID (Driving under the Influence of Drugs) is illegal in every state. The Department of Transportation (DOT) established a zero tolerance standard which prohibits commercial drivers from driving […]

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Prescription Drugs: Available on the black market?

Prescription drugs, including Oxycodone, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Xanax, Valium, Prozac, Celexa, Ambien, etc., are in great demand on the black market. In fact, prescription drug trafficking is a billion-dollar industry as prescription drug use is the fastest-growing drug-related problem in our country, if not the world. The black market sells pain medications, hypnotics, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotics […]

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Breath Tests: Principles, Types and Blood Alcohol Content Readings

Alcohol remains one of the top most abused mind-altering substances in America. Parents, spouses and employers alike should always be mindful of the effects produced by alcohol. These include speech, vision and gross motor impairment, to name a few. Also, I think we would all agree that eliminating drunk drivers from our streets would be […]

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Methamphetamine Exposure in Children: Dangers and Concerns

Unfortunately there are several different ways that children can be exposed to the harmful effects of methamphetamines. They can be exposed prenatally, environmentally through the skin and through inhalation, ingestion and breast milk. Older children and teenagers are more likely to be exposed through inhalation rather than ingestion. Drug Endangered Children (DEC), such as those […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Drug Use: Children, Adolescents and Young Adults

The following is a list I have compiled of what you should look for to help determine if your child/teenager is drinking alcohol or using drugs: 1) Changes in Personal Appearance Unusual body odor or poor hygiene habits Flushed or red cheeks Disheveled appearance Wearing long sleeves even in warm weather “Track Marks” (intravenous drug […]

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ADS’s Urine Drug Test Adulteration Prevention and Detection Process:

ADS follows federal DOT regulations regarding adulteration detection and prevention for ALL urine tests (rapid and non-rapid), including: Valid picture ID is required to confirm that donor has not sent a substitute donor in their place. Required results forms are filled out. Donor removes all unnecessary outer clothing and empties all pockets prior to entering […]

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Federal Drug Testing (URINE) – Department of Transportation and US Department of Health and Human Services

DOT stands for Department of Transportation and HHS stands for Health and Human Services. The DOT and HHS have very strict rules on how to conduct pre-employment, return-to-duty, post-accident, follow-up, reasonable suspicion, random etc. drug tests. Here is a quick breakdown of the procedural requirements in DOT testing: Pre-DOT Collection Procedures: Inspect collection site, secure […]

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Background Checks: Needless or Necessary In the Workplace?

Background Checks: Needless or Necessary In the Workplace? Comprehensive criminal background checks are a must for aiding in your decision to hire an employee or retain a current employee. The following are potential risks you may face if you do not perform background checks: 1) Rapid Employee Turnover 2) Drug and Alcohol Use/Abuse 3) Lawsuits […]

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