Curbing Drunk Driving

by Landon Todd on August 31, 2015

drunk_driving.jpgAccording to a recent study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.2 million people – or 2 percent of the U.S. population – operated a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past month.

Analyzing data from a 2012 government survey that asked questions about alcohol use, the CDC identified demographic trends among those who participated in the study. Data revealed that the demographic for drunk drivers is young males with a history of binge drinking. According to the study, men aged 21 to 34 accounted for 33 percent of all drunk driving incidents.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. estimates that 15 million full-time, U.S. workers are heavy drinkers. Employees who habitually consume excessive amounts of alcohol may have a tendency to be tardy, absent from work, suffer from health problems and pose a greater risk of harming themselves and their colleagues – making workplace alcohol testing a necessity.

Read the full release in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This publication is the agency’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, authoritative, accurate, objective and useful public health information and recommendations.

To learn more about alcohol testing, visit our website or contact us online.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

by Alex Bednar on August 26, 2015

prescription bottles.jpgThe Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced its tenth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This day is an opportunity for people to safely dispose of any unused or expired prescription medications anonymously and free of cost. Medications left in homes are a leading cause of accidental poisoning, and drug abusers often get drugs from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. Many people are unaware of the safety and health hazards that come from throwing medications away. Even flushing medications can cause pollution of our water sources.

This national event will take place Saturday, September 26th, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., local time, with the exception of Pennsylvania and Delaware, where it will occur on Saturday, September 12th at the same times. Specific locations for collection sites will be posted on September 1st on the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative page.

For more information about this event, visit the DEA website. For additional information surrounding prescription drugs and testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Drug Test Collections Wherever, Whenever

August 24, 2015 Collection Services

Our nationwide network of more than 8,000 drug test collection sites provides local, convenient and reliable collection services; yet for some situations, an on-site collection may be a better option. Accidents – by their very nature – are incidental, unplanned and can occur at any moment. As such, it may be difficult to send a […]

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Express Results Online™ Collection Quality

August 19, 2015 Collection Services

Are you looking for an accurate result from an instant urine drug test? Do you want nearby, convenient collection sites to help streamline the donor experience? Would you like the added peace of mind that comes from confirmation testing that comes from an accredited laboratory? Express Results Online collections render reliable, accurate results within minutes. […]

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Drug Testing Trends Video

August 14, 2015 Industry News

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) teems with insights about drug use patterns among American workers. Within the DTI, data from millions of drug tests is examined by drug type, employee category, testing reason, drug testing specimen type and geography. The latest DTI release showed the overall positivity rate increasing sharply, suggesting a potential […]

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Why Choose Lab-based Oral Fluid Drug Testing

August 4, 2015 Oral Fluid Testing

Oral fluid testing presents unique advantages such as the flexibility of performing on-site, observed collections and fast result turnaround times. Oral fluid testing begins to detect the presence of drugs soon after ingestion, making it an excellent indicator of recent use. Today, both lab-based and instant oral fluid testing methods are available. Yet, a laboratory […]

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Preparing for a Drug Test Collection

July 30, 2015 Collection Services

Our drug test collection site network consists of more than 8,000 locations across the country. To ensure that all donors receive a consistent, high-quality experience, collectors follow the same standardized processes at every location. Strict chain of custody procedures are used every step of the way to help control the integrity of the specimens and […]

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Treatment for Heroin Addiction is at an All-Time High

July 27, 2015 Industry News

This month’s issue of CESAR FAX features data from the national Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). The data shows the percentage of admissions to state-funded substance abuse treatment facilities citing heroin as primary substance of abuse has reached the highest level since data collection began back in 1992. Opiates like morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and […]

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Synthetic Drugs: Common Questions

July 24, 2015 Synthetic Drugs

In our recent webinar, Kim Samano, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow at Quest Diagnostics, discussed the pharmacological profiles and physiological effects of synthetic cannabinoids (SBCs) and designer stimulants known as “Bath Salts.” She explained the evolution of chemicals that help drug manufacturers to stay ahead of detection and the misperception of safety for these drugs that are often […]

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CDC Report Reveals Dramatic Rise In Heroin Use

July 21, 2015 Illicit Drugs

Heroin use is increasing across all demographics, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report reveals that more women and middle-class users are becoming addicted, while the largest increase is among those already dependent on prescription opiates. These results are consistent with the findings from the Quest […]

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