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February 24, 2020

Employer Drug Testing Panels. | Different Panel Drug Tests

What are the most popular drug test panels used by employers in the United States?  We are providing a comprehensive review of common urine drug testing panels used for workplace drug testing, particularly pre-employment drug testing. For...

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February 21, 2020

Fact, Fiction or Fake News: Inside Drug Testing February 2020

In this edition of Inside Drug Testing, we talk “Fact, Fiction, & Fake News”. Everyday there are stories in the news and on the web related to false positives drug tests, marijuana and CBD, and drug testing. Some of the more recent...

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February 7, 2020

Safety Sensitive for Marijuana Drug Testing

Safety Sensitive for Marijuana Drug Testing - By Dee Mason, Working Partners®, Guest Blog Writer - See also Dee Mason on the Working Partners® Web Site  As states continue to pass marijuana laws, more states are including...

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January 28, 2020

Online Portal for Drug Test Results

Over the past five years there has been significant changes in the way employers order, schedule and receive drug test results.  The process has greatly improved with an online portal for management of your drug testing program. With an...

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January 26, 2020

NDASA Conference for Drug Testing Experts

Last year at the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) annual conference; the Honorable William J. Bennett (former Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy) was featured as the keynote speaker.  This year...

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January 26, 2020

Random Drug Testing

Random drug testing is the topic of this blog article and we will discuss several different aspects of random drug testing.  These topics will include random drug testing, random alcohol testing, DOT drug testing programs, Non-DOT programs...

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January 21, 2020

Employers Can Prevent Workplace Overdoses and Accidents

Drug abuse in the United States is on the rise. As per the data published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSA), nearly 68.9% of people with drug problems in the country are employed either full or part-time...

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January 21, 2020

FMCSA Clearinghouse Announces Web Site Issues Corrected

As of January 22, 2020 - FMCSA Notice says: The Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse is now fully operational, and mandatory use is now in effect. For more information on how drivers, employers, and service agents are required to use the...

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January 21, 2020

Shy Bladder Drug Test after 3 Hours

This article will discuss the shy bladder drug test when the 3 hours expires, and the donor has not provided a specimen.  We will cover for both DOT testing and NON-DOT testing. For both DOT and NON-DOT testing the initial process is the...

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January 20, 2020

Are you Ready for a DOT FMCSA Drug Testing Audit?

Are you Ready for a DOT FMCSA Drug Testing Audit? There are actually three types of DOT FMCSA drug testing audits.  These are the Safety Audit, the Focused Review and the Compliance Review.  The Safety Audit is the most common, this is...

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January 19, 2020

Inside Drug Testing Series January 2020

As we transitioned to 2020, there have been some very significant changes that have already gone into effect or will go into effect this year. These changes affect drug and alcohol testing services provided by 3rd party administrators (TPAs) and...

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January 16, 2020

State-specific Marijuana Information for Employers

UPDATE  01/17/2020 - NOW AVAILABLEMarijuana Considerations & Laws by StateWorkplace Considerations For Marijuana UseChecklist of Impacting Issues for Employee Use of Marijuana State-specific Marijuana Information for EmployersBy Dee...

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January 14, 2020

DOT Urine Specimen Collector Training Correctable and Fatal Flaws

Correctable flaws: Collectors have responsibility of trying to successfully complete a collection If you discover a problem, you must try to correct in writing by: Supplying missing information to Lab Supplying a statement for use of...

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January 6, 2020

FMCSA Clearinghouse Website Goes Live But With Issues

With Monday, January 6, 2020 being the first day of the new FMCSA Clearinghouse requirements, many users have experienced delays, time outs and crashes on the FMCSA web site - https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/ Some users have been successful...

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December 24, 2019

National Drug Screening Announces Formation of Charitable Giving Team

At NDS, the entire company banded together to make a positive difference in people's lives by supporting organizations that help our local community. MELBOURNE, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 20, 2019 -- During the holidays it's not always...

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December 19, 2019

Clearinghouse Effective Date Fast Approaching

As an employer, are you regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)? If yes, we hope you are aware of the new FMCSA Clearinghouse.  As of January 6, 2020, you must be registered in the Clearinghouse and you must Query...

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December 5, 2019

What is in the Everything Drug Test?

Welcome to the NDS video blog series. Today, we're going to talk about the “everything test”, something we get asked quite often. The everything drug test request kind of reminds me of when you go to one of the bagel shops and you look...

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December 2, 2019

FMCSA Clearinghouse for Owner Operators

Today's short video is for owner operator truck drivers regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA. This is a new regulation that affects you. This is probably the biggest change in DOT drug and alcohol testing...

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November 19, 2019

Grow FL Recognizes National Drug Screening with Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch Award

On November 14, 2019 at the Hard Rock Live Event in Orlando, FL, National Drug Screening was recognized with a GrowFL Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch Award.  "This is a great honor to be selected as a GrowFL's 50 Florida...

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November 6, 2019

Owner Operators and the FMCSA Clearinghouse

For owner operator clients of National Drug Screening, please pay careful attention to these instructions: January 6th, 2020 is the effective date for the new FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.  As a regulated motor carrier, you are...

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November 5, 2019

Joe Reilly Inducted into Power Memorial Academy Hall of Fame

New York City - At the annual Power Memorial Academy Reunion held Saturday, November 2; Joe Reilly was inducted into the Power Memorial Hall of Fame. Since 2011, the alumni association of New York City’s Power Memorial High School has...

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October 11, 2019

Video Blog: Top 5 Mistakes Employers Make in Drug Testing

Avoid liability and lawsuits with your drug testing program. Eliminate these top 5 mistakes employers are making in their drug testing programs. Be proactive and manage your drug testing program properly. No Program, no company policy about drug...

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October 4, 2019

Video Blog: Are You Effectively Managing Your Drug Testing Program?

Quite often we get questions about our TPA Drug Testing and MRO management software. Most often people want to know how it can help them better manage their drug testing program or if it can manage their random testing program. Having the right...

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September 30, 2019

FMCSA Clearinghouse Ready for Employers - Top 7 To Do List:

- Procrastination is not an option. By: Tommy Eden, Partner Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP  Clearinghouse Opened for Registration 9.28.2019  As with most mandated Federal Regulations, resistance is futile to the Federal...

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September 26, 2019

Employers Can Save Money on Worker's Comp Insurance

Article by Joe Reilly, President, National Drug Screening, Inc. [Reprinted from: Space Coast Business Magazine, https://www.spacecoastbusiness.com/saving-money-on-workers-comp-insurance-national-drug-screening/] There are several ways to save...

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September 17, 2019

What Are The Panels The Drug Tests Test For?

For people that now take drug tests at the workplace, or maybe even before starting work, when a job offer is made, there are some new things to learn, especially if you’re curious about the process. Workplace drug testing started in the...

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September 14, 2019

What Should You Do If Someone Refuses A Drug Test?

There can be many reasons why a business would implement a drug testing policy. For some, it’s a simple matter of maintaining order and safety, to give management and employees peace of mind that they are working in a clean and sober...

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September 13, 2019

What To Do If You Need A Probation Drug Test

Getting out prison and going on probation, or getting a suspended sentence, with probation, is often a second chance for people to get things right. The government wants to ensure that Americans who have rejoined society are truly reformed and are...

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September 11, 2019

DOT Drug Testing For Owner Operators

There’s nothing quite as American as going into business for yourself, and being your own boss. For some, that means starting in a vital trade, such as getting goods in America from one part to another. But to start driving as your business...

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September 10, 2019

Vaping: The New Craze That May Be Deadly

Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking and although it is the newest thing, the question arises "is it safe or safer?" We are now beginning to see vaping related illnesses and vaping related deaths which are leading people to re-think...

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September 9, 2019

The Facts About Oral Fluid Drug Testing

When it comes to drug testing, there are a few ways to go about it. Most people are familiar with urine testing, which has been conducted since the 1980s and is the standard that most people know. Another more recent form of testing is hair...

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September 6, 2019

The DOT Made Major Policy Changes In 2018

The Department of Transportation has regulations set in place that any businesses and professional drivers must adhere to. These regulations also include policies about drug use and the requirement that all drivers stay clean and sober while on...

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September 5, 2019

What Is A Negative Dilute Result?

On the surface, it would seem like something, such as a drug test would be simple to interpret. The result is either positive or negative, meaning that the presence of drugs was detected, or not. However, unlike computers, the world is not...

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August 31, 2019

What Are MROs & What Do They Do?

Drug testing is a complex but incredibly convenient technique that is now easily accessible to anyone who wants it. Whether it is logistics companies remaining compliant with DOT regulations, a business that wants a safer workplace, or even...

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August 30, 2019

The Marijuana Question Now Has Many Answers

There was a time when US law regarding the use of the drug marijuana was straightforward. It was illegal at the State level, and it was illegal at the Federal level, period, full stop. This made things very simple for both the law and for the...

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August 29, 2019

Changes To Marijuana Laws Should Change Your Drug Use Policy

One of the most dynamic changes we’re seeing in the state of drugs in America today is the changing stance of marijuana’s legal status. Federally, the drug is still considered an illegal substance. At the State level, however, many...

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August 28, 2019

Some Facts About Marijuana

Out of all the drugs in use in the USA today, marijuana is, without question, the most well-known. There are a few reasons for this, from its prolific appearances in all entertainment, such as film and television. More importantly, however, is the...

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August 27, 2019

Hair Testing & Your Options

For many years, testing for drugs was done primarily through urine sample collection and analysis. This is still one of the most common ways to get tested for drugs because it is still incredibly accurate, and not too invasive, compared to other...

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August 23, 2019

Hair Follicle Drug Testing 101

One of the most recent and effective developments in the world of drug testing has been the hair follicle test. This has been a game-changer for both court-ordered drug tests, and workplace drug testing, and there are several reasons for that...

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August 22, 2019

Hair Follicle Testing & ETG Hair Tests For Alcohol

Many workplaces, either as an internal policy or as compliance to work for a larger Federal entity, such as the Department of Transportation, now have drug testing. This drug testing may be one of the conditions for hiring if a job offer is made...

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August 21, 2019

The Flight Industry Needs Drug Testing Too

One of the things many of us take for granted in the 21st century is the power of flight. A trip from New York to London no longer takes weeks and may involve storms, scurvy, and death. People that are injured in the woods can have a helicopter...

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August 16, 2019

What Is ETG Testing?

If you’ve ever been asked to submit to testing for the presence of alcohol in your body, you most likely were taking what is called an ETG test. If you’ve never been tested for this, but you’re wondering how to test for alcohol...

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August 15, 2019

What Happens When You Get A Drug Test?

If you’ve never had a drug test before, you may be wondering exactly what happens during this process. Some may even wonder if it’s possible to cheat a drug test. We’ve got the answers to both of those questions here, so you can...

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August 14, 2019

What Do You Do With A Drug Test Failure?

It’s not something that any company looks forward to, but there is likely to be a point in any company’s lifetime where, if drug testing administered, a drug test failure will come up. In other words, you will test someone for the...

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August 9, 2019

DOT Refusals to Test Just Got More Difficult for Employers

There is often confusion when an applicant or employee refuses a DOT required drug or alcohol test.  Some refusals are determined by the medical review officer (MRO) and some by the employer.  Typically, if a specimen is not collected...

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August 9, 2019

Tips For Getting A Urine Specimen For DOT Testing

If you have a business in logistics or professional transportation, you probably have to make sure you comply with DOT drug testing regulations, and occasionally have to test workers for drug use by collecting a urine specimen for analysis. If...

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August 8, 2019

Hawaii Employers Can Cut Down On Employee Cocaine Use With Drug Testing

Cocaine is a big problem everywhere. Of course, most people expect it to be an issue on the southern United States border with cartels continually sneaking drugs into the country. However, the schedule I drug is also an issue in The Aloha State...

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August 7, 2019

Drug Cut Off Levels & Detection Times

When urine, hair, or oral fluid sample is donated for drug testing, what is being searched for is the presence of metabolites. These are the leftover molecules after the body has processed a substance, and everything we take into ourselves...

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July 29, 2019

Crimes Often Lead To Drug Testing In Illinois

According to an article published on Patch, violent crime rates dropped nationwide in 2017. However, in the Land of Lincoln, the figure was higher than the national average at 438.8 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the Illinois...

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July 29, 2019

Consumers Can Purchase Drug Or Alcohol Tests Online

There are plenty of reasons as to why Delaware consumers may want to purchase a drug or alcohol urine test online. However, for these purposes, this post is going to discuss parents dealing with troubled teens. It is no secret that teenagers tend...

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