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Government, Business, Technology, Safety

FMCSA Drug Clearinghouse Goes Live, Experiences Connectivity Issues

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s long-awaited Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse experienced connectivity issues during its opening days.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 7, 2020
Government, Business, Safety, Logistics

FMCSA Increases Random Drug Test Rate to 50% for 2020

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is increasing the minimum annual percentage rate for random controlled substances testing for truck drivers.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
December 27, 2019
Government, Technology, Safety

Hair Drug-Testing Rule Could Become Public in Early 2020, Official Says

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ROCKVILLE, Md. — A proposed federal rule that would allow motor carriers to drug test their drivers and prospective employees using hair samples continues to wind its way slowly through the bureaucracy, but could be made public as soon as early next year.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
December 5, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

HHS Establishes Guidelines for Oral-Fluid Specimen Drug Testing

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The Department of Health and Human Services has established scientific and technical guidelines for the inclusion of oral fluid specimens for use in the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Canadian Trucking Alliance Will Continue Push for Drug and Alcohol Testing Program

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The Canadian Trucking Alliance will continue to urge government officials, including those recently elected, to establish a drug and alcohol testing program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 28, 2019
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Officials: ‘Unresolved Scientific Issues’ Responsible for Delay in Hair Drug-Testing Proposal

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A report sent to Congress earlier this summer said that the reason for a nearly three-year delay in developing a proposed hair drug-testing rule was caused by such “unresolved scientific issues” as hair color and potential external contamination of hair that could adversely affect drug test outcomes.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
October 2, 2019
Government, Business, Perspective

Perspective: Improving the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

There are three improvements FMCSA should make to maximize the effectiveness of the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, says Jeremy Reymer of DriverReach.

Jeremy Reymer | Founder and CEO, DriverReach
August 21, 2019
Government, Safety

Federal Drug Officials Weigh Whether to Add Testing for Fentanyl

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For the second time in about four years, Congress has asked drug agencies if federal workers, including truck drivers, should be tested for fentanyl, which is used legally for pain and illegally for its high.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 26, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

As Marijuana-Use Laws Spread, Drug Still Illegal for Truck Drivers

A display of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes from Willie's Reserve at a section in a farmers market during a business-to-business networking event, WeedCon West 2019, in Los Angeles A display of pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes from Willie's Reserve at a farmers market in Los Angeles, on June 20, 2019. Though it is gaining acceptance, it is still illegal for truckers to smoke marijuana. (Associated/Richard Vogel)

Last month, drug-testing firm Quest Diagnostics scientist Barry Sample had a serious warning for U.S. employers: Be on the lookout for marijuana use by your workers. It’s on the rise.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 25, 2019
Government, Safety

OMB to Review Hair Drug-Testing Proposal

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ROCKVILLE, Md. ­­­— A hair drug-testing proposed rule has been sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review, a top official with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration said at a meeting June 11.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
June 11, 2019