The planned changes, long awaited by the testing industry, reflect government efforts to be more precise in its drug screening and to outmaneuver a small but growing subset of workers who try to cheat on urine-based tests. Some businesses have already adopted alternative testing, despite criticism by privacy advocates. But others have held back, partly awaiting government standards. Alternative testing methods would give employers more certainty about the timing and scope of drug usage than is now possible solely with urine sampling, said Robert Stephenson II, an official with the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. That could be particularly valuable in situations like investigations of on-the-job accidents, to determine not just whether an employee uses drugs but if usage occurred recently enough to be a cause. Alternative testing will "really ramp up our ability to increase the deterrent value of our program, which is basically the whole bottom line," … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Feds Eye New Kinds Of Drug Tests
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TAMPA — Hillsborough County firefighters and paramedics will vote on a new union contract next week that for the first time would require random drug testing.Union leadership says it is up in the air whether the contract will pass, citing growing discord between the rank and file and Fire Rescue Chief Dennis Jones.One thing that might help? If Jones and non-union department leadership agreed to drug testing, too, said Derrik Ryan, president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2294."I can tell you this: it would not hurt," Ryan said. "Certainly we have other issues, morale issues, besides drug testing here. But that certainly would not hurt if they fall in line and do this drug test with us."County Administrator Mike Merrill and Jones declined to comment on the contract before it is finalized.The contract vote comes after a Tampa Bay Times investigation found that drug testing procedures for Hillsborough first responders are far weaker than most similar-sized … [Read more...] about Hillsborough Fire Rescue chief should have to drug test with firefighters, union says
what a dope Brazilian tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after goalless draw at Sassuolo CAGLIARI attacking midfielder Joao Pedro has failed a drugs test, as he tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide. Italy’s anti-doping agency NADO confirmed findings with statement on official website, and the Brazilian has since been provisionally suspended by the Sardinian side. Pedro’s negative result was realise following the goalless draw with Sassuolo on February 11. NADO’s official statement read: “The first section of the TNA (national anti-doping court), in accepting the petition proposed by the National Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office, has proceeded to suspend Joao Pedro Gerardino Dos Santos Galvao, who was found positive for the substance hydrochlorothiazide following a check made by NADO Italia at the end of the Serie A match between Cagliari and Sassuolo on February 11, 2018.” Pedro has scored five … [Read more...] about Cagliari attacking midfielder Joao Pedro fails drugs test and is suspended
A New Mexico woman who allegedly faked a prescription to hoodwink her probation officer after failing a drug test said she failed it because of “medical meth.” Authorities arrested and charged Ginger Sharpe, 34, with additional counts of forgery and identity theft after she pleaded guilty to forgery charges in 2017, the Albuquerque Journal reported.When Sharpe tested positive for drugs in February, she allegedly told her probation officer her doctor prescribed her methamphetamine and showed them a pill bottle with a label that read “methamphetamine 5 mg tablets.” She told the parole officer that a doctor in Farmington prescribed her the illegal drug, but the officer did not buy her excuse, KOB 4 News reported.Authorities said the “fuzzy lettering” on the falsified pill label led them to believe the prescription was fake. Police say Sharpe was charged with identity theft because falsifying her doctor’s name could have caused damage to … [Read more...] about New Mexico Woman Blames ‘Medical Meth’ for Failed Drug Test
LARGO — A Clearwater man will get a new trial after he was represented by a lawyer whose behavior in court last month caught the attention of a judge who ordered him to take a drug test.On Feb. 13, Derrick Floyd, 32, was on trial for several felony charges, including trafficking in oxycodone and hydromorphone, cocaine possession, marijuana possession, and fleeing and eluding police.JUDGE TO LAWYER: ‘I am very concerned that you have conducted this trial high’ After the jury found Floyd guilty, Pinellas Circuit judge Chris Helinger questioned his lawyer, Tobias Pardue, about what she called "bizarre" behavior in the courtroom. In court records, Helinger noted that Pardue was making snorting sounds and resting his head on the lectern while questioning witnesses. He also made remarks to the jury about evidence that was never submitted in the trial and left the courthouse during jury deliberations without the judge’s permission.Helinger ordered Pardue to take a drug … [Read more...] about Client of Pinellas lawyer ordered to take a drug test will get a new trial
Saul "Canelo" Alvarez during a press conference for his upcoming fight, at Microsoft Square in Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_Verduzco It’s as simple as some basketball coach selling rump roasts out of his car in Lithuania: If a positive drug test for the banned substance Clenbuterol doesn’t earn Canelo Alvarez a suspension and postponement of his May 5 rematch against Gennady Golovkin at T-Mobile Arena, then it’s really not a drug test at all. It’s a joke. It’s a test simply to tell the public you’re administering one. I thought the year’s only meat story worth noting would be that nutty Virginijus Šeškus, who coaches brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball at Prienu Vytautas while offering a full service deli from his trunk after practice each day. But then it was announced Monday that Alvarez, training for his unified middleweight world title match against Golovkin, tested … [Read more...] about If ‘Canelo’ Alvarez isn’t suspended, label those drugs tests a joke
Published: Mar 5, 2018, 11:53 am • Updated: Mar 5, 2018, 5:32 pm By Rebecca Greenfield and Jennifer Kaplan, Bloomberg Employers are struggling to hire workers in tightening U.S. job market. Marijuana is now legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., meaning more than one in five American adults can eat, drink, smoke or vape as they please. The result is the slow decline of pre-employment drug tests, which for decades had been a requirement for new recruits in industries ranging from manufacturing to finance. As of the beginning of 2018, Excellence Health Inc., a Las Vegas-based health care company with around 6,000 employees, no longer drug tests people coming to work for the pharmaceutical side of the business. The company stopped testing for marijuana two years ago. “We don’t care what people do in their free time,” said Liam Meyer, a company spokesperson. “We want to help these … [Read more...] about Will legal marijuana kill the employment drug test?
From staff reports Published 4:29 pm, Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Photo: Alex_Schmidt Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Police lights by night Police lights by night Photo: Alex_Schmidt Spokeswoman: Drug test ‘negative’ on city truck driver 1 / 1 Back to Gallery A drug test “came back as negative” on the driver of a city of Midland dump truck that was involved in a fatal wreck on Monday, according to the city’s spokeswoman. Elana Ladd said Wednesday the autopsy results on Christopher Justin Olgin, 28, are expected in a couple of weeks. ORIGINAL: Spokeswoman: Man dies in collision with city dump truck Olgin died after the Chevy Equinox he was driving entered the oncoming lane of traffic, hit the side of the truck and spun onto the northern sidewalk of Cuthbert Avenue, according … [Read more...] about Spokeswoman: Drug test ‘negative’ on city truck driver
The parents of a teen boy killed in a horrific crash with a semitruck are pushing the Arizona Legislature to pass a bill that would require law enforcement to complete drug and alcohol testing for anyone who may have caused a fatal traffic crash."Everyone we have spoken to has told us they thought this was already a law," Tana Smith told the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday."This is what SB 1210 before you today accomplishes: It fixes a simple but devastating oversight in the current law," she said.As it stands, Arizona law allows — but doesn't require — officers to ask drivers involved in crashes that cause death or serious injury to submit to blood-alcohol testing or drug testing. And even then, they can only ask if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person caused the accident or if the person was issued a ticket for a traffic violation.If they ask and the driver then refuses, their driver's license will be suspended for a year. MORE: … [Read more...] about Should all drivers who cause fatal car accidents be drug tested?
James Nord, Associated Press Updated 10:28 am, Sunday, January 28, 2018 PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers this week are set to debate bills on concealed handguns, paid sick leave for workers and drug-testing themselves. Here's a look at the agenda when legislators return to the Capitol on Tuesday: ___ CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY Permitless concealed carry is back, but unlikely to become law. Senate Bill 104 would allow people who can legally carry a concealed handgun in South Dakota to do so without a permit. It's scheduled to be debated Tuesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard vetoed a similar bill last year, saying that the state's permit process is simple and straightforward. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Santa Ana Border Wall Video Lindsey Carnett, San Antonio Express-News Man+killed+by+police+after+stealing+bike%2C+riding+onto+Loop+410 Jacob Beltran Police: Drive-by gunman fires 30+ rounds into … [Read more...] about Lawmakers to debate concealed guns, drug-testing themselves