Category: Lab Services

New Random Drug Testing Requirements for Commercial Drivers

Last week the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is reducing the minimum annual rate for random controlled substances testing for drivers of commercial vehicles, those requiring a commercial driver’s license, from the current rate of 50 percent to 25 percent of the average number of driver positions. This new requirement is […]

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MRO Alert: Criteria for Distinguishing Drug Use from Contamination in Hair

In hair testing the ability to differentiate between a metabolite caused by drug use and one caused by environmental contamination, has been lacking. In fact, the FBI stopped its entire hair testing program in 2009 for that very reason. It’s true that the average citizen is unlikely to have their hair contaminated by the environment. […]

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The Ethics of Lab Testing

In labs like ours, surrounded by sterile equipment and following strict procedures, it’s easy to forget the people outside the room, the ones whose lives hang on the results. Yet, lives do hang on the results of these tests.  They determine whether someone gets or keeps a job. For employers it means results they can […]

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A new study on cocaine

A new study on cocaine, the notorious white powder illegally snorted, injected or smoked by nearly 2 million Americans, details how it may permanently damage proteins in the body. That information, gleaned from laboratory tests, could be used to potentially detect the drug in biofluids for weeks or months — instead of days — after […]

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All of the chatter about the legalization of marijuana…..

All of the chatter about the legalization of marijuana…. Well, everyone seems to be talking about the recent legalization of marijuana.  Some say yes, some say no.  The fact is that employers have the right and/or choice to allow or disallow testing.   Click here (Marijuana stands firmly between employers and potential workers | DailyComet.com) to […]

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Teen Driving and Marijuana Use

More Than One in Four High School Seniors Drive After Using Alcohol or Drugs, or Ride With a Driver Who Has Sep. 12, 2013 — More than a quarter of high school seniors drive after using alcohol or drugs, or ride with a driver who has. Driving after marijuana use on the rise. A new study […]

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The party drug known as “Molly” killed two people over the weekend

      Molly, she is not a cute little girl.  It is the newest craze of drugs-the purest form of MDMA.  MDMA is man-made—it doesn’t come from a plant like marijuana or  tobacco do. Other chemicals or substances—such as caffeine, dextromethorphan (found in some cough syrups), amphetamines, PCP, or cocaine—are sometimes added to, or substituted […]

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Are YOU responsible for Keeping Us Safe?

 How did you get to work today? Maybe you rode a bicycle, motorcycle, bus or a car.  You know the roads are clogged with vehicles of every type and we assume people will drive safely. Of course, everyone knows that is not necessarily the truth. Some drivers are dangerous. But what can you do about […]

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Major League Baseball Suspends 13, including Alex Rodriguez – A-Rod

Major League Baseball came down aggressively  last week on the players it found to have been involved with the South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis. MLB suspended Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season and banning 12 others for 50 games, including three All-Stars: Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego […]

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