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Drug Abuse in the News

8/18/2017
Canadian nuclear plant workers could face random drug & alcohol testing

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission spent eight years consulting with experts and says its proposed random drug and alcohol testing regulations strike a balance between public safety and workers' rights. Ashley Burke is a video journalist for CBC News Ottawa. [...]

8/17/2017
In the First Case of its Kind, Court Rules Federal Law Does Not Trump ...

Employers nationwide take note: if your workplace drug and alcohol-testing policies take a zero tolerance approach to medical marijuana because the use, distribution, or possession of marijuana is unlawful under federal law , a recent federal court decision interpreting state law could be a game-changer. On August 8, 2017, in Noffsinger v. [...]

8/17/2017
60,000 junior, SHS students to undergo drug testing - " DepEd

At least 60,000 junior and senior high school students will undergo random drug testing starting this school year, the Department of Education said. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said that DepEd will be using sampling scheme to be able to "capture the picture of drug situation among our learners" as well as for teachers and other personnel of the Department. [...]

8/17/2017
Should employees be required to take a drug test for a job?

The number of employees who fail drug tests is at a 12-year high. With unemployment at record lows, the economy is desperate for labor--but failed drug tests are hurting employers looking to fill open positions with qualified candidates. [...]

8/17/2017
Federal Court Dismisses Employer's Claims For Indemnification...

A federal court in South Dakota granted a motion to strike and a motion to dismiss filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the laboratory that conducted drug tests for the Defendant employer, holding that the employer was not entitled to seek indemnification or contribution from the laboratory for damages based on a false positive drug test result. EEOC v. [...]

8/17/2017
Courts

Failure of driver to carry proof of insurance when operating a vehicle - Kristy M. Caldwell, 38, of Blue Earth; fined $285. Jeffrey K. Eckhardt, 40, of Wells was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol; fined $610, sentenced to jail 90 days, stayed 87 days for one year, credit for time served three days, one year unsupervised probation, complete chemical assessment, follow recommendations of evaluation, no alcohol/controlled substance use with the exception of prescribed medications, random testing, attend MADD impact panel, no alcohol violations. [...]

8/17/2017
Baylor AD Says There Was No Drug Testing Program When He Arrived at School

Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said Tuesday there was no internal drug-testing system in place for student-athletes at the school when he was hired last year. 1660-AM in Waco, Texas , Rhoades said the following regarding the changes he made upon arriving: "When I got to Baylor, we did not test. [...]

8/17/2017
BET founder's daughter suspended from equestrian competition after...

A man's mistake at a Florida Walmart has resulted in a one-year suspension from an equestrian competition for Paige Johnson, the daughter of billionaire BET co-founder Robert L. Johnson. Johnson will miss the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington because of a failed drug test for her horse. [...]

8/16/2017
Medical Marijuana Users Can Sue Their Employers

In a case of first impression, a federal trial judge has found that, under Connecticut law, an employer can be sued for refusing to hire an applicant who tested positive for medical marijuana use. In the case at issue, Katelin Noffsinger alleged that she applied for and was offered a position of Director of Recreational Therapy at a local nursing home. [...]

8/16/2017
Fda Grants Otc Clearance for ABMCa s Rapid Tox Cup II

The Rapid TOX Cup II is an all-inclusive; one-step drug test cup that produces accurate results within minutes without any need for manipulation of the device. The clearance applies to 13 commonly abused drugs . [...]

8/16/2017
Magpale backs drug testing for high school students

CEBU Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale supports the memorandum issued by the Department of Education to conduct random drug tests for high school students, but they shouldn't be subjected to the Operation Tokhang. Latest issues of SunStar Cebu also available on your mobile phones, laptops, and tablets. [...]

8/16/2017
Some TTC employees reinstated after failing drug and alcohol tests

The TTC has a duty to treat employees who are impaired on the job as if they have an addiction, say legal experts. That sometimes means the workers can keep their jobs. [...]

8/16/2017
Opioid limits are hurting some, who say they need the drugs

The boy, usually called "Skeeter," wanted to try his dad's bike. Michalski allowed the boy to steer, but climbed on the back of the bike so he could guide him. [...]

8/16/2017
Huntsville School District Votes For Drug Testing Policy For Students

The Huntsville school board voted unanimously Monday to approve a new drug testing policy for this school year. Under the policy, any student in grade 7th-12th who plays a sport, drives to school or is involved in a school activity will be placed in a pool for mandatory random drug testing. [...]

8/16/2017
Alcoa High School records five positives in first 251 drug tests

Those five results involved four students, Glenda Thomas, director of the district's Family Resource Center, reported during the Alcoa Board of Education's meeting Tuesday. One student's positive test proved to be the result of a legally prescribed medication, and one student tested positive twice. [...]