National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

by Landon Todd on December 18, 2014

drunk_driving.jpgThe holiday season is a special time for family and friends to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. While many of these celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, it is imperative for people to think twice before getting behind the wheel. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows an increase in DUI-related incidents in the month of December, and as such, increases the risk of traffic accidents. In an effort to bring awareness to this problem, President Obama proclaimed December 2014 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

All Americans deserve to live long and full lives, and every child should have the chance to seize his or her future. But throughout our Nation, too many lives are tragically cut short in traffic crashes involving drunk, drugged, or distracted driving. Impaired driving not only puts the driver at risk—it threatens the lives of passengers and all others who share the road, and every year it causes the deaths of thousands of loved ones. This month, and especially during the holiday season, we dedicate ourselves to driving safely and responsibly, and to promoting these behaviors among our family and friends…To help save lives, States and local communities across our Nation will participate in the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 12 to January 1, reminding all Americans of their important responsibility…This holiday season, all Americans can drive responsibly and encourage their loved ones to do the same, including by designating a sober driver or making alternative transportation arrangements.” – President Barack Obama

CNN Reports on Synthetic Drugs

by Nicole Jupe on December 16, 2014

synthetic-drugsMedia sources across the country report tragic accounts of the dangerous consequences of taking synthetic drugs. These stories often involve teens who may assume that synthetic drugs are safe because they are sold and marketed by retailers as a “legal high.”

CNN recently reported a story out of North Dakota where a group of teenagers were impacted by a “mysterious white powder.”  One teen was rushed to the hospital with doctors struggling to determine what caused an overdose that led to organ failure and cardiac arrest. Days later, another teen was dead, and the same mysterious white powder was involved.

CNN reported that “it took the state lab a week to identify that the mysterious powders were synthetic designer drugs — drugs that law enforcement in North Dakota had never heard of before.” The powder was identified as 2C-I-NBOMe and 2C-C-NBOMe, drugs not yet banned by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The federal prosecutor said these chemicals are designed to imitate LSD and a dose the size of a few grains of salt can be enough to get high.

The DEA reports there are an increasingly expanding array of synthetic drugs available with more than 150 synthetic substances identified. The ongoing difficulty for law enforcement agencies and drug testing laboratories is that manufacturers continue to change the chemical composition of their drugs to stay ahead of the law.

Because synthetic, or designer, drugs change frequently, our laboratory and research teams continue to work proactively to stay current with trends. We monitor an ever-changing list of substances and add compounds to our drug test panels in response to comprehensive research on drug-use patterns and positivity.

For more information, download our Synthetic Drugs brochure or contact us online.

Hair Testing and the Drug Testing Index

December 10, 2014 Hair Testing

Compared to other drug test specimen types like urine and oral fluid, hair testing is often preferred for evaluating long-term patterns of drug use. Once the ingested drugs have had time to grow into the hair, and based on the length of hair normally tested, hair testing is able to detect a pattern of repetitive […]

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Reducing Risk with Workplace Drug Testing

December 8, 2014 Quest News

Do you know how many adult illicit drug users are employed?  Do you know the annual costs of drug use in the workplace in terms of accidents, absenteeism and lost productivity? We benchmark positivity trends based on workplace drug test results and publish the findings each year in the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI), […]

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New Oral-Eze Packaging

December 4, 2014 Oral Fluid Testing

Quest Diagnostics recently revealed new and improved packaging for Oral-Eze®, our oral fluid collection system for drug testing. While the device itself has not changed, the new packaging features more elaborate illustrations on the instructions, the addition of a bar code for use by the manufacturer and a CE mark for our international customers. In […]

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Detection of Recent Usage of Marijuana Continues to Increase Significantly in Oral Fluid Testing

November 20, 2014 Illicit Drugs

Compared to other drug test specimen types like urine, and especially hair, oral fluid generally detects drugs sooner after use. It takes time for drugs, like marijuana, to metabolize and pass through the donor’s system, but an oral fluid test will often detect the presence of drugs almost immediately after use. As such, oral fluid […]

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Drug Test Collections Video

November 10, 2014 Collection Services

As part of our we’re there when you need us™ commitment, we strive to continually educate employers about the variety of available drug testing solutions, products and services. With this in mind, video is an effective teaching tool and is one of the many resources we use to educate our clients. Our most recent video […]

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Oxycodones Positivity Declines for the Second Consecutive Year

November 6, 2014 Industry News

For people with chronic and reoccurring pain, opioids, such as hydrocodone and oxycodones, not only relieve suffering, but can also help support a normal lifestyle, alleviate stress and improve sleep. These drugs work by reducing the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain and affect the areas of the brain that control emotion, which diminishes […]

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Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

November 3, 2014 Quest News

Synthetic cannabinoid use continues because many users assume it is safe. The packaging displays a “not for human consumption” message, yet users continue to smoke the substance to replicate a high similar to marijuana. Adverse effects of synthetic cannabinoids include severe agitation, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, tachycardia (racing heartbeat), elevated blood pressure, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, paranoid […]

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Busting the Top 10 Marijuana Myths

October 31, 2014 Illicit Drugs

The latest data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reports that marijuana continues to be the most commonly detected illicit drug. Analysis of more than 7.6 million urine drug tests shows marijuana positivity in the combined U.S. workforce increased 6.2 percent, to 1.7 percent in 2013 compared to 1.6 percent in 2012. With […]

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