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. 

Benefits of Drug Testing OUTSIDE of the Lab

Many of ASC’s customers are laboratories which purchase drug testing, pregnancy testing, and other medical test kits in bulk. Some people may believe that they have to go to a lab to get medical tests administered, but that’s simply not the case. Many different types of tests are available for consumers. Parents, bosses, and people who simply want to monitor their own health effectively without extra expense and hassles often seek out over-the-counter options for their testing needs.
There are 5 primary benefits to conducting your own health testing:
1. convenient: testing at home or in the workplace eliminates long waits in clinic waiting rooms and the necessity of making appointments. It allows users to test when and where it is most convenient for them.
2. easy to use: good test kits are easy to use and easy to understand. They provide specific instructions which, when followed, provide easy-to-read results.
3. private: self-testing is a way to get accurate results privately, allowing people to monitor their own health without impacting their employment, schooling, or social lives.
4. accurate: modern test kits are carefully regulated to ensure accuracy and safety for consumers and healthcare professionals. The results from today’s tests are often immediate- within minutes or hours- and very accurate.
5. readily available: many different tests can be purchased over-the-counter or ordered online for delivery within a few days, making access to health tests both easy and affordable.

ASC has many different health test kits available, including:
– drug testing
– pregnancy/ovulation testing
– DNA/paternity testing
– forensics testing
– glucose monitoring
– HIV testing

Check out our website www.americanscreeningcorp.com or call one of our representatives today for more information on any of our testing products.

Crackdown on Prescription Painkillers Causes More Pain

Many states are cracking down on pharmacies and medical facilities which provide high quantities of pain medications. While this crackdown is celebrated in many substance abuse recovery and intervention programs as a critical “win” in the fight against drug abuse, it is creating problems for patients who are legitimately ill or in pain. 

In 2010, Florida contained 90 of the top 100 pharmacies buying oxycodone for use in prescriptions. After a task force addressed the situation with over 2,000 arrests for both improper sales and over-prescription of painkillers, the sales of the drug dropped by 97% in Florida. 

The problem however, is that patients with debilitating diseases such as lupus and fibromyalgia, among others, are now experiencing extreme difficulty in getting the medication that they need to control the pain that critically impacts their lives. Patients wholly support regulation of the drugs and understand the danger of addiction and dependency, but feel that the regulation should not inhibit pharmacies from access to adequate quantities of the drug. 

In response to the heavy fines imposed and the arrests made, many pharmacies carry very limited supplies of the drugs needed for modern medications, and they are choosy about who they fill prescriptions for. Many will refuse to fill prescriptions for customers that they don’t know, making it difficult for individuals or families who re-locate to get established with a new healthcare provider and pharmacy for their medical care. This complication is expected to be compounded when the new federal healthcare legislation is fully implemented next year.