ALL OTHER DRUG SCREENING INDEX FOR 2022 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ
January | National: The DOT’s operating agencies have announced their random drug and alcohol testing rates for 2022.
February | National: More than 100,000 Americans lose their lives to overdose each year and the numbers continue to rise due to the opioid surge and insufficient access to treatments.
February | National: The OOIDA has asked the FMCSA to offer guidance on how the shortage of staff and specimen cups is affecting the results of drivers.
February | Ohio: A federal court has denied summary judgement to both parties where an employer refused to hire an applicant who used opioid medication as a forklift driver.
March | National: A recent survey shows that oral fluid drug testing is on the rise, many providers are interested in telehealth collections and marijuana is changing screening.
March | Tennessee: Lonza America LLC has settled a disability discrimination lawsuit for $150,000.
March | National: The DOT has proposed an amendment to the transportation industry drug testing program procedures regulation to include oral fluid testing.
April | National: Positivity rates for marijuana have increased 8.3 percent for the highest positivity rate ever reported.
May | National: New data released by the CDC shows that drug overdoses in 2021 reached the highest levels on record.
May | National: Synthetic drugs, such as fentanyl, are causing an increase in overdose deaths because they’re easy and discreet to ship.
May | National: A new study suggests that employers saw the highest rate of positive drug test results in 20 years.
May | National: It is an exciting time for those in the drug testing industry, with changing laws creating challenges for employee screening.
June | Idaho: It has been determined that those who underwent drug testing prior to employment with WinCo Foods Holdings, Inc., were not entitled to compensation.
July | National: The increase in marijuana laws across the country have brought with them an increase in drug screening positivity rates.
August | National: According to the May 2021 Mental Health Index report, there has been a significant increase in alcohol and drug use since the start of the pandemic.
August | National: SOBR Safe, Inc., has developed a patent-pending, touch-based identity verification and alcohol detection system in response to the challenges presented by the pandemic.
September | National: The FMCSA has published a proposed draft Medical Examiner’s Handbook that provides information about rules to consider when making qualification determinations.
September | National: Workplace drug testing policies have been said to infringe on an employee’s rights, but having one in place helps create a safer workplace for everyone.
October | National: Post-accident drug and alcohol testing of commercial motor vehicle operations is legally required in one of three scenarios.
October | National: The FMCSA has requested public comment on an application for exemption submitted by The Trucking Alliance pertaining to hair follicle testing.
October | National: A survey revealed that one in five American workers admits to using alcohol, cannabis or recreational drugs while working remotely, reinforcing the need to conduct testing.
November | National: One study has revealed that 1 in 5 deaths of people ages 20 to 49 were attributable to excessive alcohol use and 1 in 5 deaths for people ages 20 to 64.
November | Texas: A recent court decision has clarified whether the results of driver drug-and-alcohol tests from those not involved in an incident are relevant in motor vehicle cases.