Opioid Crisis in America Will Lead to More Advanced Drug Testing for Opiates by Employers in 2018

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed executive agencies “to fight the opioid crisis” during a speech at the White House. The growing awareness of an opioid crisis in America by employers …

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DOT Issues Final Rule to Add Semi-Synthetic Opioids to Drug Testing Panel to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a final rule in the Federal Register that adds four semi-synthetic opioids – hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone – to its drug testing panel for DOT regulated industries, adds methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte, and removes the testing …

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Drug Testing for Opioids Expected to Increase after President Trump Declares Opioid Crisis a National Public Health Emergency

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump officially declared “the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law” and directed “all executive agencies to use every appropriate emergency authority to fight the opioid crisis” during remarks in the East Room of the White House.

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Employers Need to Use Proper Drug Testing Panels to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Workplace

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Even with the dramatic rise in the use of opioids – which can include the illegal drug heroin and legally prescribed pain relievers such as OxyContin® and Vicodin® – some employers hoping to avoid hiring opioid-addicted workers through drug testing may not know the best type of drug …

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Texas Supreme Court Rejects Claim of Compelled Self-Defamation Over Failed Drug Test

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 26, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court delivered an opinion rejecting a claim of “compelled self-defamation” and declining to “recognize a theory of compelled self-defamation in Texas” in a case where a worker who failed a random drug test filed a lawsuit claiming defamation since he would …

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Massachusetts Court Rules Employers Cannot Fire Employees Using Medical Marijuana for Positive Drug Tests

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that employers cannot fire employees with prescriptions for medical marijuana – the use of which voters in the state approved in 2012 – simply for flunking drug tests and even though marijuana is still illegal to use under …

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Some Employers Questioning Whether to Stop Drug Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn With twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical marijuana, U.S. employers performing drug testing face a “conundrum” and are questioning whether they should “stop testing applicants for marijuana use now that more states have legalized it for medicinal or recreational purposes and popular acceptance of …

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Drug Testing in Workplace Will Have to Deal with Growth of State Laws Allowing Use of Marijuana

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn As of November 2016, a total of 28 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCLS) website. Some states have also passed laws allowing for the …

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Positive Drug Tests in U.S. Workforce Rise to Highest Level in a Decade

  Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The percentage of employees in the U.S. workforce receiving positive results in workplace drug tests has steadily increased over the last three years to reach the highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis of nearly 11 million workforce drug tests released by Quest Diagnostics.

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OSHA Electronic Accident Reporting Rule Could Affect Post-Injury Drug Testing by Employers

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Final Rule in the Federal Register requiring certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data to OSHA that they must keep under existing OSHA regulations. The rule also states that “OSHA believes the …

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