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October 2017
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"I employ truck drivers who are covered under the Department of Transportation's (DOT's) drug and alcohol regulations. I also hire workers who are not covered by DOT. Can I just have one drug-free workplace policy that covers everyone or do I need two?"

 

Answer

We recommend you keep them separate. Granted, there are many similarities between DOT and non-DOT drug-free programs - e.g., the type of testing you'll do, what constitutes a positive drug and/or alcohol test and general statements about the company's commitment to safety and productivity. BUT there are some MAJOR differences between the two that make operating your programs difficult if everything is combined into one document. ...

 

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Guess what we heard? Four opioids added to standard testing panel

 

As of October 1st, SAMHSA announced new guidelines for federal workplace drug testing.

         

The new guidelines provide authority to test for four opioids, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone and hydromorphone (common names for these drugs are Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, Dilaudid, etc.).

 

These four opioids were added to the standard testing panel because data indicates that although they are prescribed they are also frequently used without medical guidance. 

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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming DFSP Deadlines
   
EEReminder - Upcoming Classes

 

 

Employee Education:

11.29 - Training of Trainers

 

Supervisor Training:

11.16 - Webinar

11.29 & 11.30 - Training of Trainers

 

Boo(s)t Camp:

12.05 - Webinar


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From Our Newsletter

You've heard a lot about the opioid epidemic but what drugs are showing up in the workplace? Some might be surprised to know that cocaine and methamphetamine are contributors to the highest level of positive drug test in 12 years.

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