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Info to help you maintain a drug-free work environment.

Mon, 2012-02-13

Highlights: The Defense Department's drug-testing program is expanding to add screening for two additional prescription medications -- hydrocodone and benzodiazepines -- to the range of legal and illegal drugs it currently detects.

The Journal of Global Drug Policy and Practice
Sun, 2012-02-12

Highlights: Drug testing of employees is a relatively new tool used in the last 20 years for evaluating candidates for employment and to promote safety in the workplace.

Mon, 2012-02-06

Highlights: Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has proposed a wide-ranging mine safety bill that includes a mandatory, random screening program for all mine jobs requiring certification. The random testing should annually screen half of any employer’s certified workforce, the legislation says.

Occupational Health and Safety
Sun, 2012-01-22

Highlights: The U.S. Coast Guard said it is considering revising its regulations governing drug and alcohol testing of mariners ... including possibly requiring crewmembers who are selected for testing to report immediately to the testing site upon being notified.

Maritime | Workplaces
Employer Law Report
Thu, 2011-12-22

Highlights: Under the ADA, employers may not require employees to undergo medical examinations or inquiries unless they are job-related and consistent with business necessity. Unlike tests for illegal drug use, the EEOCs' enforcement guidance considers alcohol tests to be a medical examination under the ADA.

Tue, 2011-12-13

Highlights: Republican Reps. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Chuck Fleischmann of Tennessee want DOT to start a pilot program to study whether the federal government should be able to pluck truckers’ hair to test for drugs. The basic premise: It’s too easy to cheat on a urine test.

The Partnership at
Fri, 2011-10-21

Highlights: Research points to ineffective and incomplete drug education as a factor in heroin initiation ... Among the parents who were surveyed for the study, nearly 50 percent said they did not know where to go to get accurate drug information.

DFBS notes: A side benefit to educating your employees about drugs: they can then educate their kids.

EHS Today
Wed, 2011-10-12

Highlights: Hydrocodone and oxycodone remain the most detected prescription opiates in the general U.S. work force, and random drug tests for the two drugs find nearly double the positives for employees than are found in pre-employment screenings.

DFBS note: Have you communicated to your employees the health and safety risks, and employment consequences, of abusing prescription narcotics?

The Partnership at
Mon, 2011-10-03

Highlights: The arrest of 37 people on drug charges at a Boeing aircraft plant last week puts the spotlight on the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse in the workplace

DFBS note: As always, if it's happening in the community it will affect the workplace.

The Partnership at
Tue, 2011-09-06

Highlights: A study of workplace drug-screening tests finds methamphetamine use is higher among workers in Western states.

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