technology.jpgEarlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a Notice of a Final Rule allowing employers, collectors, laboratories and Medical Review Officers (MROs) to begin using the eCCF for federally-regulated drug testing programs. This process provides numerous advantages for employers and collection sites including:

  • Fewer data entry and legibility errors
  • Improved efficiency
  • Reduced fatal flaws
  • Streamlined results delivery to MROs
  • Less paperwork to manage

As we prepare to begin using the regulated eCCF, we are making design changes to our interfaces that will affect both regulated and non-regulated eCCF users. With traditional, five-part paper forms, “Requisition No.” and “Specimen ID” were used interchangeably and were unique for any given client number and CCF. However, with this transition, the Requisition Number will no longer be located on the eCCF. Instead, the Specimen ID will be unique across all clients and eCCF systems and will be the common thread linking each drug test specimen to its associated records. As such, the Specimen ID should replace the Requisition Number where it was previously used. Once we implement this change, the specimen ID will be located in the top left corner of the eCCF.

A notification will be sent in December to the technical contact for our impacted clients so they can begin making system modifications to accommodate the exchange of eCCF data. As developments occur, we will share the information here, on our drug testing blog.

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Four in Ten Americans Admit to Using Marijuana

by Pablo Bolanos on November 10, 2015

MJ usage infographicThe latest issue of CESAR FAX reports findings from a recent Gallup Poll where more than 1,000 Americans were asked if they have ever tried marijuana. Since California became the first state to allow the medical use of marijuana in 1996, public perceptions of marijuana have changed substantially. Today, the recreational use of marijuana is legal in several states and opinions about marijuana’s benefits and side effects vary greatly. One thing is certain – Americans are more open to expressing their thoughts about the drug than ever before.

The poll tracked trends for the past five decades. Here are some key findings:

  • Men are more than twice as likely as women to say they’ve used marijuana.
  • Adults who earn less than $30,000 a year are most likely to say they currently use marijuana.
  • Americans with graduate degrees are less likely to say they are current users compared to those with college degrees.
  • Adults between the ages of 30 and 64 are most likely to say they have tried marijuana.
  • Although baby boomers accounted for the highest increase in admitted use between 1969 and 1973, they are the least likely group today to say they have ever tried marijuana.

Marijuana continues to be the most commonly used illicit drug. Data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ showed that marijuana positivity in the general U.S. workforce increased 14.3%– from 2.1% in 2013 to 2.4% in 2014. The 40 percent of Americans admitting their marijuana use to Gallup include people from all walks of life, many of who are currently employed.

Employers should take note as drug use continues to rise. For that reason, establishing a drug free workplace program can help to prevent the hiring of drug users while deterring use among current employees. Despite state legislation and shifting attitudes towards the drug, marijuana remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance under Federal law, it continues to present  an ongoing challenge to regulate, and, contrary to popular belief, it is not safe.

CESAR FAX provides a monthly, one-page summary of timely substance abuse trends and news.

Read our popular blog post about 10 facts employers should know about marijuana.

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Reasons for Testing: Random Drug Testing

November 6, 2015 Random

Random, or “spot,” drug testing is a strong deterrent to drug users because it is conducted on an unannounced basis. Using a random selection process (e.g., computer-generated), an employer selects one or more individuals from all the employees included in the employer’s workplace drug-testing program. By using a random selection process, employers ensure that there […]

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The DEA Crackdown on Synthetic Drugs

November 4, 2015 Drugs Tested

The notoriety of synthetic drugs, like K2 and bath salts, continues to rise as we become more aware of what these drugs are, their side-effects and why they are sought out. Ease of access, slick packaging and catchy names like Black Mamba and Yukatan Fire have given synthetic drugs the reputation of offering a natural, […]

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Drug Test Collections Webinar Highlights

November 3, 2015 Collection Services

Collections are a critical piece of the drug testing process and understanding your choices is important as you select a drug testing provider. Charlie Sullivan, Collection Services Manager at Quest Diagnostics, recently presented a webinar where he shared insights to help you better evaluate your collection services options as you work to select the best […]

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What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers

November 2, 2015 Illicit Drugs

The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) continues to closely follow marijuana legislation and how it impacts employers seeking to maintain drug-free workplaces. As part of its educational efforts, DATIA provides online resources to help address misconceptions about marijuana by presenting clear facts to employers. A collaboration by experts like Sue Rusche, co-founder of National […]

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A Drug Testing Provider You Can Rely On

October 28, 2015 We're There

Our commitment to our customers is simple – at every opportunity we want to show that we’re there when you need us. One of the ways we measure our ability to deliver on this goal is by surveying our customer’s satisfaction with the workplace drug testing and collection services we provide. While we assess a […]

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THC Drug Recovery and Stability Using Oral-Eze

October 20, 2015 Illicit Drugs

Marijuana consistently ranks as the most commonly detected illicit drug. The primary psychoactive chemical of cannabis, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is also the predominant analyte detected in oral fluid drug testing when donors use marijuana. Oral fluid drug testing is emerging as a popular alternative to urine testing and is often used in workplace substance abuse, clinical, […]

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Challenging the Poppy Seed Defense

October 16, 2015 Industry News

The “poppy seed defense” or the claim that ingesting poppy seeds is the reason for a failed drug test has long been used to challenge drug test results. A Seinfeld episode brought it into the mainstream with a story line where Elaine Benes tests positive for opium on her company’s urine drug test and blames […]

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