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New HHS Guidelines for Drug Testing Panels Effective 10/1/17

In January, the Department of Health and Human Services revised Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs that will become effective on the 1st of October. Those organizations that comply with Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) standards must now comply with new panel standards. If specific drug panels are identified in the […]


Implications of Marijuana Legalization and Opioid Use to the Workplace and the Workers’ Compensation System

At a recent Workers’ Compensation Education Conference, the senior vice president at PRIUM talked about the impact opioid and heroin use is having on the workers’ compensation system. Within this system, there is a growing acceptance that marijuana – a federally illegal controlled substance – could be an acceptable medical treatment, leading to payers reimbursing […]


Get Out of Your Checkbook: What Legalized Marijuana is Going to Cost

According to a 2016 Gallup poll, more than 60 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, the highest approval rating in its 47-year history. In 2010, two out of every five of the $249 billion spent on alcohol in the United States were paid by federal, state, and local governments. Given that marijuana is […]


Non-Dot Drug Testing: What You Need to Know

It is no secret that the vast majority of drug-abusers are employed. And it should come as no surprise that, if left unchecked, abuse can cost employers billions each year on everything from healthcare costs to lost productivity. In terms of drug testing, there are two distinct worlds – one that applies to industries regulated […]


Legislators Finally Pass a Bill to Implement Florida’s Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment

The Florida Legislature passed a 78-page bill relating to medical use of marijuana. Under the new bill, a person must be a “qualified patient” – or diagnosed by a physician — or a caregiver, in order to use or handle medical marijuana. In addition, the Department of Health is required to create and maintain a […]


Workplace Policies for Prescription Drugs

Is important for employers to include a Prescription Medication Disclosure provision in their workplace policy that is limited to those medications with impairing effects. For example, dura Automotive Systems implemented a new drug testing policy prohibiting employees from “being impaired by or under the influence” of alcohol, illegal drugs or legal drugs.” If an employee […]


Drug Panels and SAMHSA Requirements

About 33 states and municipalities in the United States have some sort of drug testing law. These laws often refer to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) regulations or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) regulations. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations often imply SAMHSA regulations. With more than 130 controlled substances […]


Electronic Chain of Custody Delivers Faster, Better Drug Testing

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently approved an electronic version of the five-part paper custody and control form (CCF). It is believed that the electronic custody and control form (ECCF) will improve quality by reducing errors and eliminating failures. Federal and non-federal benefits include the elimination of paperwork errors related to corrections or […]


The Use of Hair Testing in the Transportation Industry

More than 70 percent of all of the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks, an industry that must be focused on safety. It has even regulated its own industry by proposing and initiating numerous safety improvements. The inclusion of hair as an alternative testing specimen in federally mandated testing programs is one […]


Workplace Alcohol Testing: Some States Defer to the Federal Standards

Although not all state drug testing laws include provisions for alcohol testing, many states defer to the federal standards and require workplace alcohol tests to be conducted in accordance with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration guidelines and/or the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Iowa is one state that has a mandatory […]




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