Monday, November 30, 2009

Toledo Suspends Two Cops Over Drug Testing Results

According to a story in the Toledo Blade, two police officers on the Toledo, Ohio police force were recently suspended for alleged drug use - specifically marijuana. in light of the suspensions the Toledo Police Department randomly screened 48 patrol officers for drugs with urine tests. Police Chief Michale Navarre stated, "The public expects and should demand that police officers that are given this authority - a badge, a gun, authority to make arrests - are of the highest caliber and should be the most physically and mentally fit, they are not individuals who use illegal drugs."

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Medical Marijuana Laws Increasingly Having Employers Dazed and Confused

With Medical Marijuana being legal in 13 States and a half dozen more considering the issue, employers are scrambling for advice on how to approach workers who smoke pot for medicinal purposes. Danielle Urban an Atlanta lawyer interprets federal law that employers are not prohibited from taking adverse actions against someone who tests positive for marijuana but throw into the mix medical marijuana and the legal argument becomes unclear as Colorado permits medical marijuana and another state says it's illegal for an employer to fire someone for engaging in legal, off-duty behavior. Employers also have to take into consideration the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). According to - Under the ADA, an employee fired for using pot for health reasons could file a discrimination lawsuit. Seeking help from the U.S. Department of Justice most likely wont yield any clarity either as the department decided in September of 2009 not to prosecute medical marijuana users.

The Supreme Court has studied the issue twice, once in 2003 when they ruled in favor of the employer by stating that in states with medical marijuana laws, an employer can refuse to accept medical marijuana as a reasonable explanation for a positive drug test. In 2005 they solidified their support by ruling hat the federal government may enforce the Controlled Substances Act's prohibition on medical marijuana against those who use the drug under state laws.

Thirteen states have enacted laws that legalize medical marijuana (Date Legalized)
  1. Alaska (1998)
  2. California (1996)
  3. Colorado (2004)
  4. Hawaii (2000)
  5. Maine (1999)
  6. Michigan (2008)
  7. Montana 2004
  8. Nevada 2000
  9. New Mexico 2007
  10. Oregon 1998
  11. Rhode Island 2006
  12. Vermont 2004
  13. Washington 1998

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Federal Legislation Could Increase OSHA Penalties at the State Level

In a state like Wyoming who owns the nations worst workplace fatality rate, the support for tougher OSHA penalties and sanctions is growing. Two of the most serious types of citations that Wyoming OSHA can issue are for “repeat” violations and “willful” violations. A repeat violation can be as minor as not wearing safety glasses or as serious as not using fall protection gear. Two or more of those violations within a three-year period triggers a repeat violation. Wyoming Governor recently stated, "Frankly, I’m fine with it. I know people don’t like it, but if you grab people by the wallet, their hearts and minds will follow. I think it’s an appropriate action for the government to take.” To read more visit here.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Adult Cigarette Smoking on the Rise

Cigarette smoking among adults has risen to almost 21%, the highest rate in 15 years. Vince Willmore a spokesman for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids stated that, “Clearly, we’ve hit a wall in reducing adult smoking." Health officials believe the increase is due to cuts in tobacco control campaigns and gains by big tobacco to circumnavigate anti-smoking advertisements. Dr. Clyde Yancy, president of the American Heart Association said "Cigarette marketing has persisted and is effectively reaching children and minorities with messages about flavored or menthol products." Dr. Thomas Frieden, the CDC's director is more positive as he said, "In general, when people have less money, they smoke less." Whether it is from the recession or increased taxes only time will tell. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and illness in the United States and is a cause of cancers, heart disease, and other conditions.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

MMC On-site Nursing Services at San Antonio Military Medical Center Construction Project

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) was recently chosen to provide comprehensive on-site medical services to Clark/Hunt Construction, A Joint Venture - San Antonio Military Medical Center - North construction project. MMC's industry pioneering on-site nursing and first aid stations will be responsible for administering initial new hire safety training, providing first responder medical treatment and conducting pre-employment and follow up substance abuse testing and biological monitoring for the project.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Substance Abuse Fact Sheet: INHALANTS

Inhalants are a diverse group of volatile substances whose chemical vapors can be inhaled to produce psychoactive (mind-altering) effects. While other abused substances can be inhaled, the term “inhalants” is used to describe substances that are rarely, if ever, taken by any other route of administration. A variety of products common in the home and workplace contain substances that can be inhaled to get high; however, people do not typically think of these products (e.g., spray paints, glues, and cleaning fluids) as drugs because they were never intended to induce intoxicating effects.

Inhalant Types

Volatile solvents—liquids that vaporize at room temperature

Industrial or household products, including paint thinners or removers, degreasers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline, and lighter fluid
Art or office supply solvents, including correction fluids, felt-tip marker fluid, electronic contact cleaners, and glue

Aerosols—sprays that contain propellants and solvents

Household aerosol propellants in items such as spray paints, hair or deodorant sprays, fabric protector sprays, aerosol computer cleaning products, and vegetable oil sprays

Gases—found in household or commercial products and used as medical anesthetics

Household or commercial products, including butane lighters and propane tanks, whipped cream aerosols or dispensers (whippets), and refrigerant gases
Medical anesthetics, such as ether, chloroform, halothane, and nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”)

Nitrites—a special class of inhalants that are used primarily as sexual enhancers

Organic nitrites are volatiles that include cyclohexyl, butyl, and amyl nitrites, commonly known as “poppers.” Amyl nitrite is still used in certain diagnostic medical procedures. When marketed for illicit use, organic nitrites are often sold in small brown bottles labeled as “video head cleaner,” “room odorizer,” “leather cleaner,” or “liquid aroma.”

Dangerous Effects

The effects of inhalants are similar to those of alcohol, including slurred speech, lack of coordination, euphoria, and dizziness. Inhalant abusers may also experience lightheadedness, hallucinations, and delusions. With repeated inhalations, many users feel less inhibited and less in control. Some may feel drowsy for several hours and experience a lingering headache. Chemicals found in different types of inhaled products may produce a variety of additional effects, such as confusion, nausea, or vomiting.

* Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pro Golfer Suspended Under PGA Drug Testing Policy

Professional golfer Doug Barron has recently been suspended from the PGA tour for failing a drug test. Barron is the first golfer to test positive since the substance testing policy was implemented in July 2008. Barron is not a high profile golfer so the PGA has dodged a media circus on the programs first positive test. In the bigger scheme of things we now know that the royal game of golf is not immune to substance abusers and has taken its rightful place in line with baseball, football and all other sports that are plagued with substance abuse and cheating.