Opiate or Opioid

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  Many people use the term opiate and opioid interchangeably, but is there a difference? The answer is yes. Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions uses the definitions below to help us understand the difference between the terms. Opiates refers to a natural, psychoactive substance with morphine-like effects derived from the flowering opium poppy plant that shares…

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COVID-19 meets opioid addiction

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The current COVID-19 epidemic is colliding with our countries opioid epidemic in powerful ways.  Because of the negative impact opioids have on lung and heart health, people who use opioids at high levels may be more susceptible to COVID-19, or the illness may be more severe. The pandemic also presents another challenges, such as treatment…

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Questions employers can ask about prescription drug use

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  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) restricts the questions an employer can ask, regarding an employees prescription drug use. Unfortunately, many prescribed drugs can impair a persons ability to perform their job safety. As a supervisor, it is imperative you are able to ask these questions in a way that protects the employees privacy,…

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DOT/FMCSA issues waiver

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  The National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA), reported Monday that in response to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the DOT/FMCSA has issued a three month waiver for certain pre-employment drug screens. Pre-employment drug screens for furloughed employees will be waived until September 30th, 2020. “Consistent with the statutory requirements for waivers,…

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Workplace Drug Use Statistics

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Impact of Drug and Alcohol Abuse    Drug and alcohol use in the workplace carries heavy and far reaching consequences. Alcohol and drug abuse by employees causes expensive problems, as well as serious safety concerns.  These additional costs range from lost productivity, workplace accidents and injuries, employee absenteeism, low morale, and increased illness. Companies also must divert precious…

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New Resources

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  The FMCSA Clearinghouse has recently been updated with additional resources to help employers utilize the website.  Visit the links below to explore.     How to Designate Your C/TPA https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/Resource/Index/Clearinghouse-Designate-CTPA   Query History  https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/Resource/Index/Query-History_Employer   How to Report RTD Information  https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/Resource/Index/Report-RTD_Employer   As always MCC Drug & Alcohol Screening is your partner for keeping…

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ODAPC COVID-19 Guidance

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Click on the buttons below to read the most recent updates by each DOT agency: https://www.transportation.gov/odapc/program-guidance#COVID-19%20Guidance

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DOT Guidance for Drug Screening

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Together, we are facing an unprecedented situation. COVID-19 is effecting not only our families, our communities, but also our businesses. We at MCC Drug & Alcohol Screening wanted to reach out and update our clients on how we are navigating the current environment, as well as provide you with the latest industry updates. As an…

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Clearinghouse Site Issues

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  On March 5th through March 9th, the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse experienced connectivity issues that prevented the system from verifying driver commercial driver’s license (CDL) information. Certain functions, including conducting queries and reporting violations, were temporarily deactivated. Pre-Employment Queries Must Now Be Conducted The issue above has been resolved and the Clearinghouse is now…

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CDL Drivers Must Register

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FMCSA ClearingHouse Registration   Did you know employers AND employees must register in the FMCSA ClearingHouse? Employees with a CDL, must complete the registration process in the ClearingHouse, before they can respond to the employer consent request.  The employer consent request gives the employer access to the drivers record in the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License…

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