International Overdose Awareness Day

by Landon Todd on August 24, 2016

international_overdose_awareness_day.jpgAccording to the National Safety Council (NSC), deaths caused by drug overdoses have risen steadily over the past 20 years in the U.S., and recently surpassed traffic fatalities as the leading cause of accidental death.

To help raise awareness of this national and global epidemic, the Penington Institute – which collaborates with organizations to identify and respond to specific substance use problems and their causes – established August 31st as the International Overdose Awareness Day. The campaign aims to reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or become permanently injured as a result of drug overdoses.

The awareness campaign encourages people to participate by hosting events in their communities. For more information about this effort and how to get involved, visit

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Name that Drug: Mother’s Little Helper

by Landon Todd on August 23, 2016

datia-focus.jpgDATIA focus is the quarterly publication of the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). DATIA focus features a regular, popular column titled, “Name that Drug” where interesting facts about a mystery drug are described in advance of the name being revealed.

The latest edition of “Name that Drug” was written by Amy Gallup, Laboratory Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics, and is titled, “Mother’s Little Helper.” Give the article a read and see if you can solve the “Name that Drug” mystery in the summer edition of DATIA focus.

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

Marijuana Remains a Schedule I Controlled Substance

August 22, 2016 Industry News

In 1996, medical marijuana became legal in California, and since then, 24 states and Washington, D.C. have enacted similar laws. In addition, four states have passed initiatives legalizing the sale, distribution, and consumption of marijuana while the federal government remains steadfast in their scheduling of the drug. Recently, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) denied two […]

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Quest Diagnostics Approved to Use eCCF for Federally-Mandated Workforce

August 18, 2016 eCCF

 eCCF dramatically improves efficiency in workplace drug testing Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic services, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has authorized the company to perform drug testing using electronic Custody and Control Forms (eCCF) for federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers. With the approval, Quest becomes the largest workplace drug […]

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Some Drug Users Can’t Distinguish Between Right and Wrong

August 17, 2016 Illicit Drugs

Aside from being dangerous and highly addictive, cocaine and methamphetamine may also affect the moral judgment of users. Results from a recent study conducted by Psychopharmacology – an international journal that covers the elucidating mechanisms by which drugs affect behavior – revealed that habitual cocaine and methamphetamine users can have difficulty distinguishing between right and […]

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Synthetic Cannabinoid Overdoses Spike

August 16, 2016 Industry News

Synthetic cannabinoids (marijuana) have been problematic since variations of these substances were first identified in the U.S. in 2008.  Recently, CNN reported that “the number of cases of poisoning from synthetic marijuana rose sharply in the past year.” These findings were released by the ToxIC Case Registry, a monitoring and research tool established by the […]

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eCCF Update: The Paperless Revolution

August 8, 2016 eCCF

We are excited to announce that our laboratory Federal eCCF inspections are complete and that in the last week all four of our drug testing laboratories located in Lenexa, KS (Kansas City), Tucker, GA (Atlanta), West Hills, CA (Los Angeles), and Norristown, PA (Philadelphia) were approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Inside Quest Diagnostics: A Look at ExamOne

August 5, 2016 News

As you have worked with Quest Diagnostics through the years, you may have heard about other companies and business sectors in which we operate in addition to your day-to-day interactions with Employer Solutions. One we’d like to highlight is ExamOne. ExamOne has been a leader in providing risk assessment services to the life insurance industry […]

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Drug Testing Helps Deter Cheating at Olympic Games

August 2, 2016 Doping

The Olympic Games will be soon begin. World records will be challenged and some will be broken. National pride will be on full display as fans celebrate when athletes take the gold and mount the podium while their national anthem plays. There is, perhaps, no better example of the importance of drug testing in sports […]

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