Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ shows that the positivity rate for four opioids recently added to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test program was notably higher than the rate observed among more traditional opiates, according to a blog from Quest Diagnostics.Continue reading "Positivity Rate for Opioids Added to DOT Drug Testing Panel Notably Higher than Traditional Opiates"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 26, 2018, voters in Oklahoma approved an initiative – State Question 788 (SQ 788) – that will legalize the use of medical marijuana. Oklahoma is now one of 30 states that permit medical marijuana usage in America. However, the use of marijuana for any purpose …Continue reading "Oklahoma Voters Approve Initiative to Legalize Use of Medical Marijuana"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Drug use by the U.S. workforce remained at its highest level in more than a decade as the positivity rate for drug tests was 4.2 percent in 2017, the same as in 2016 and the highest since 2004, according to analysis of more than 10 million drug …Continue reading "Analysis of Workforce Drug Testing Results Finds Positivity Rate at Highest Level in a Decade"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn Caesars Entertainment Corp. will stop drug testing job applicants for marijuana use as a condition of employment since the state of Nevada has legalized the recreational use of marijuana and screening for that drug would be “counterproductive,” according to a story from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.Continue reading "Caesars Entertainment Will Stop Drug Testing Job Applicants for Marijuana Use"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office has announced the retroactive application of Proposition 64 – a voter initiative passed in November 2016 legalizing the possession and recreational use of marijuana for adults ages 21 years or older – to misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 1975.Continue reading "San Francisco District Attorney Applies Proposition 64 Retroactively to All Marijuana Cases Since 1975"
Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On February 1, 2018, portions of IB 2015, c.5, “Question 1 – An Act to Legalize Marijuana” took effect in Maine requiring employers to stop drug testing job applicants for marijuana use and also preventing employers from firing workers 21 years or older for the use of …Continue reading "Maine Law Requires Employers to Stop Drug Testing for Marijuana and Ignore Use Out of Workplace"
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 …Continue reading "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 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 …Continue reading "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 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.Continue reading "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 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 …Continue reading "Employers Need to Use Proper Drug Testing Panels to Fight Opioid Epidemic in Workplace"