Mobile Drug Testing Labs Bring On-Site Workplace Testing

“A growing drug problem (in a community) shouldn’t affect the ability for area workplaces to remain safe and drug-free.” This is the philosophy on which the newest mobile drug testing lab was founded by a couple in Avon Lake, Ohio. USA Mobile Drug Testing is a company that was established in an effort to save employers both time and money by minimizing the productivity lost when employees must drive to and from an off-site lab. Instead a trained drug testing technician comes to the business to collect samples, which are then sent to a lab for processing. Negative results are reported within one day, but positive results go through more testing which takes an extra day to verify.

USA Mobile Drug Testing can test for a variety of drugs including:

– cocaine

– opiates

– marijuana

– PCP

– amphetamines

In the Avon Lake area, most results come back negative, but the most common positive result is for marijuana usage. Unfortunately, cocaine, opiates, prescription medication and heroin are becoming more common in the area. Since drug testing is not likely to go away with drug use increasing in many areas, mobile drug testing facilities is an effective, efficient business option for those interested in helping people and creating a safer community.

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Recovery Requires Willingness

September is National Recovery Month. As this month draws to a close, it might be helpful to examine the number one characteristic that many professionals identify as being the most important to ongoing recovery: willingness. But exactly what kind of willingness does recovery require?

– Willingness to change.

– Willingness to work hard at recovery.

– Willingness to try new things instead of repeating the same self-destructive activities.

– Willingness to turn it over to God and let him work in your mind, your life, and your actions.

Self-help author, Robert Anthony sums it up best: “Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.” Facing all of the changes necessary to maintain sobriety and long-term recovery can be a very scary thing to do, but if you are willing to work your way through the fear and keep changing anyway, then you have mastered true courage. And courage will get you through the hard part to a successful and positive life beyond addiction.

Today’s post is based on p. 191 of Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools for Putting Stress Behind You – for Good!  To enjoy more daily tools for creating a stress-free life, order your copy of the book today!

Fewer Teens in Cars Under the Influence of Alcohol

This is some good news coming from the American Journal of Public Health in the recent survey completed by over 17,000 high school seniors. According to the most recent survey, there are still more than 1 in 4 high school students driving after drinking alcohol or riding in vehicles driven by a teen who has been drinking. BUT this is down total of 4% from last year. The news was not so good for marijuana use. The number of teens who drove after smoking marijuana, or rode in a car with a driver who had been smoking actually increased 2% this year. Even with this increase, the overall number of drivers and teen passengers on the road while under the influence has dropped a measurable amount this year. Statistics from this study also confirm what had been proven in previous studies, that males are more likely to drive after drinking or using drugs, but there is no significant gender difference between those who rode in cars with drivers who had been using drugs or alcohol.

Parents and schools can help decrease these numbers further by talking to teens openly and often about the consequences of driving under the influence and available alternatives in their community. Parents can also request or require breathalyzer tests of their teens if they suspect that a teen has been drinking and driving. ASC has several varieties of home drug tests available to fit any budget and provide accurate, fast results. Let’s work together to reduce the number of teens under the influence even further!

 

Bath Salts are for Bathing, NOT Snorting!

Parents beware! A new and dangerous designer drug is making the rounds these days, known among teens and adult users as “bath salts.” Named for their similarity in appearance to actual spa bath products, the designer drugs are actually much more deadly than their name implies. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that over 22,000 visits to emergency rooms across the nation in 2011 were related to the use of bath salt drugs.

Bath salts contain one of two psychoactive chemicals:

– MDPV

– mephedrone

Both compounds are synthetic versions of a natural ingredient found in the East African khat plant. Since both chemicals are illegal in the U.S., manufacturers often make very slight changes to the compound- just enough that it id not “technically” illegal- and include packaging disclaimers, such as “not for human consumption” so that they can “legally” sell the product over the Internet, in head shops, and even in gas stations and convenience stores in some states.

Bath salts drugs can cause heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, addiction, suicidal thoughts, psychosis and, in some cases, death – especially when combined with the use of other drugs. The SAMHSA report showed that 67% of bath salt-related ER visits also indicated the use of other substances, such as marijuana (15%) and other narcotics (52%). So far, most bath salts are being imported from China and Europe, but U.S. officials are on the lookout for local sources to start appearing as the drugs gain in popularity.

Uh-oh! World Cup Drug Testing in Jeopardy?!

The executive director of Brazil’s primary drug testing facility reported this week that Brazil will have difficulty meeting the drug-testing demands for the 2014 World Cup games scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro in June. The primary drug-testing lab in the country lost its accreditation last month and is not expected to be able to get accreditation reinstated in time for the most important soccer games in the world, scheduled to take place in their city next year. 

Brazil does have another drug-testing lab being built, which will be completed and accredited in time for the 2016 Olympics, but authorities had planned on relying on the existing lab until that time. Brazilian authorities are indicating that the problem is “the building,” stating that the new building will be complete in April or May, but that they won’t have time to move the equipment and personnel into place in time. The accrediting organization, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), has reported that Brazil’s lab failed multiple blind tests, failing to identify tainted and adulterated samples. This hardly seems a likely result of problems with “the building.”

Brazil’s problems come at a time when leaders in the sport are calling for more extensive and frequent athlete testing. Although soccer has not had any significant doping scandals, as American football and baseball have had, they are pushing for “preventative” testing, to identify and head off any potential problems before they become public scandals. 

The solution to Brazil’s immediate problem- how to handle testing for the 2014 World Cup- appears to be the enlistment of labs outside of the country to help. Brazil is suggesting that accredited labs from other countries set up temporary branches in Brazil to oversee the testing for the World Cup. Under this proposal, Brazil’s equipment and facilities would still be used for testing, but the process would be overseen by WADA-accredited labs in other countries. It would seem, however, that using Brazilian equipment and facilities would present the same accreditation problems that started the difficulty. Outside labs would probably need to bring in their own collection facilities and equipment and send samples to labs in their own country for evaluation. 

Preventing Date Rape

Roughly 40% of all rapes in the United States are perpetrated by someone that the victim classifies as a friend or acquaintance. This is often called “date rape,” whether the victim is officially involved in a romantic relationship with the rapist or not. In a growing number of cases, rapists are using drugs to weaken or disable their intended victim. Date rape drugs often have sedative, hypnotic, dissociative, or amnesiac effects, and can be added to a food or drink without the victim’s knowledge.

There are several things you can do to be safe while dating and socializing: 

– never leave your food or drink unattended. If you must leave it unattended or outside of your line of vision, DO NOT consume any more of it upon your return to the table or bar. Purchase a fresh drink from the server.

– Only consume drinks delivered by a bartender or server directly. You can be reasonably sure that no one else has had access to the drinks to tamper with them. 

– Carry and use a Date Rape Testing Coaster, like the ones available from ASC. Each coaster has 2 test panels on one side and complete instructions for use on the other side. It allows users to test drinks for the 2 most common date-rape drugs: ketamine and GHB. 

Some people have expressed feeling awkward about testing their drinks in public, fearing that they will “offend” their friends or dates. But in our culture, one can never be too careful! It is becoming more and more common for friends to be intrigued by the idea and ask for an extra coaster so they can test their drinks, too! Help keep your friends and yourself safe, and have fun! 

Red Ribbon Week is Coming!

National Red Ribbon Week takes place on October 23-31 this year. Dedicated to substance abuse awareness and prevention, Red Ribbon Week Provides organizations, teachers, and counselors around the country with drug-free activities and events to help people of all ages to live a drug-free lifestyle. 

Although Red Ribbon Week is often thought to be “for kids,” many communities have expanded their efforts to include all ages by hosting parades, dances, pancake breakfasts, health fairs and a variety of other events to raise awareness about addiction and to provide information about resources available in the community. 

Red Ribbon Week is the perfect opportunity for your organization to get involved and provide valuable services in your community. And now it the perfect time to start planning and rallying your resources. 

American Screening Corporation can help you plan for a successful Red Ribbon Week. We have a variety of products which can be used to educate parents and teens alike, including:

drug and alcohol testing books

drug testing kits for home use

– drug-free workplace resources

Call American Screening Corporation today for information or assistance in securing the tools and products needed to help YOU plan for a successful 2013 Red Ribbon Week!