Wednesday, December 30, 2009

South Dakota Women's Blood Alcohol Content Breaks State Record!

A South Dakota driver was found earlier this month passed out behind the wheel of a delivery truck. Police found Marguerite Engle slouched over and smelling of alcohol. When Engle was tested her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .708 which was almost 9 times the state's legal limit of .08! To add insult to injury, the truck Ms. Engle was driving happened to be stolen! Ms. Engle was arrested, hospitalized and then released on bond. State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal speculated that the .708 BAC might be the highest ever recorded in South Dakota! Sondreal noted that a blood-alcohol level of .40 is considered a lethal dose for about 50 percent of the population.

"Per Se" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - Most states have DUI laws that deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.

"Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - All states carry "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.

"Enhanced Penalty" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - Many states impose harsher penalties on DUI offenders with a particularly high BAC at the time of the offense, typically .15 to .20 percent. DUI offenders with a BAC at or above their state's enhanced penalty standards will likely face additional jail time, harsher fines, and more severe driver's license sanctions.

"Implied Consent" Laws - "Implied consent" laws require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, implied consent laws carry penalties such as mandatory suspension of a driver's license, usually for six months to a year.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a Proud Sponsor of the Maryland Special Olympics and the 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge!

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is proud to sponsor "Polar Bear Plunger" - Amanda Sumpter in the Maryland Special Olympics' 14th Annual Polar Bear Plunge. To learn more about Plungapalooza 2010 and the Maryland Special Olympics please visit here.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a National Third Party Administrator of multi-leveled drug testing and occupational healthcare solutions with a specialization in labor management cooperative programs and on-site nursing and first-aid station logistics.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

T'was the Week Before Christmas and A Breath Alcohol Test For Santa!

While visiting Wisconsin before his annual trip next week- Santa Claus was caught stumbling out of a vehicle (not sleigh). Santa surprised local children by laughing and playing with them while questioning them on the location of his reindeer. Obviously jolly ol' Saint Nick had a little too much holiday cheer in him and his driver went a little heavy on the egg nog. Santa was cited for an open container and his driver received a DUI.

Another Pittsburgh Firefighter Arrested on Drug Charges Leads to Louder Calls For Random Drug Testing

Another Pittsburgh Firefighter has been arrested on drug charges adding to this years growing list of Pittsburgh firefighters who have had problems with substance abuse. Pittsburgh Firefighter Brian Jackson has been arrested and charged with possessing cocaine and marijuana.

Chief Darryl Jones of the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau says, "Jackson's arrest shows that random drug testing in the bureau can wait no longer to protect the firefighters, their co-workers and the public." Jones added, "I believe random drug testing is going to identify how extensive the dependency problem the fire bureau has ... And, I believe it will open up some doors to give us some clue on how best to deal with that problem."

Recent incidents of substance abuse involving Pittsburgh Firefighters:

Firefighter John Connors: The city tried to fire Connors after a guilty plea to drug possession only to have their decision overturned by a firefighters tribunal. The tribunal returned Connors to the field as they deemed the city improperly demanded a drug test.

Firefighter Vincent Manzella: In support of his heroin addiction, Manzella would call in false alarms to empty out his station and then burglarize the firehouse. Manzella resigned and his criminal case is pending.

Random drug testing has been approved by the Firefighters Union and Firefighters Union President Joe King said, "He won't delay its implementation."

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Certifies Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) as Drug Testing TPA

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is now an approved Third Party Administrator (TPA) of substance abuse testing for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. MMC is now authorized to perform rapid alcohol testing and instant on-site urine drug testing for the commissions Bay Tunnel Water System Improvement Program.

MMC is a certified Woman Business Enterprise and has over 20 years of experience in providing solution based medical and risk management programs for the construction industry.

MMC’s Substance Abuse Testing solutions are designed to meet all San Francisco Public Utilities Commission testing requirements. MMC can provide convenient instant on-site drug testing for all pre-employment, reasonable cause and post-accident testing as well as rapid alcohol testing and collection.

MMC's award winning technology makes drug testing easier as our online state-of-the-art verification platform SkillCheck™ will allow you to easily track and view worker’s test results from one central location. Access is available 24 hours a day—7 days a week!

For SFPUC Project testing please call or contact us today!

MMC Sacramento: 866-914-3921
MMC Corporate (Pittsburgh): 888-662-8358

Monday, December 14, 2009

Marijuana Use Up Among Teens While Abuse of Other Drugs Drop

A recent Federal study found that while marijuana usage among teens isn't as high as the late 1990's it has definitely edged back up. According to the study of 47,097 students, among this year's 12th graders, 20.6 percent said they used it within the past month, compared with 19.4 percent in 2008 and 18.3 percent in 2006. Among 10th graders, pot use in the past month rose to 15.9 percent this year from 13.8 percent in 2008.

Officials blame the rise in use of marijuana to the national debate on medical marijuana. Officials believe that teens are taking the view that the drug is safer because of its medicinal use. "When the perception of the danger goes down, you see an increase in use," said National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora Volkow.

Cigarette use patterns showed a continuation of the dramatic drop from a decade ago. In 1997, 19.4 percent of eighth graders reported smoking within a month. That fell to 6.8 percent last year and 6.5 percent this year. The rate for 12th graders dropped from 36.5 percent in 1997 to 20.1 percent this year. There has also been a decrease ub binge drinking from 2004 to 2009.

To read more about this study click here

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Missouri House Bill No. 1280 Seeks to Punish Drug Test Cheats

Missouri State Rep. Jeff Roorda recently pre-filed House Bill No. 1280. If the bill is enacted it would add three new sections to the law relating to altering or falsifying drug or alcohol tests or test results, with penalty provisions. According to the, the bill will criminalize falsifying drug or alcohol test results, as well as make products designed to do so illegal. Sales or free distribution of such products would be a misdemeanor, while using such products would be a felony.

Pittsburgh based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) with offices nationwide can help you with all of your substance abuse testing needs. MMC works closely with all clients to establish secure, affordable and focused drug testing protocols that comply with both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Non-Federal testing programs.

Contact MMC today and mention this blog to receive a free analysis of your current substance abuse testing proposal or to request further drug and alcohol testing information.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Construction Accidents In Hawaii on the Downturn Due to Increased Safety Measures

The number of workplace injuries on construction jobs in Hawaii has dropped over the past eight years. The drop in injuries is reflective of the enhanced safety programs that have been enacted throughout the private and public sectors. The U.S. Department of Labor estimated that there were 6.2 cases of workplace injury or illness for every 100 Hawaiian construction employees in 2008. In 2003 the injury rate was at 10.3. The 2008 injury rate on the Mainland U.S. was 4.7.

When looking to further decrease job site injury rates and tighten the metric of loss work time due to off-site medical treatment, employers should look at adding on-site medical services and comprehensice drug and alcohol testing to all long term construction projects.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a premier provider of on-site Medical Facilities and First Aid Stations that allow our clients to maximize both health and safety standards on their job sites. MMC's First Aid Stations are operated by medical professionals who assess, treat and manage injuries as well as perform various substance abuse testing relevant to workplace safety. Our first responders take control of any medical work site incident until emergency personnel arrive. MMC has on-site medical facilities nationwide including Queens, New York, San Antonio, TX, West Virginia and Baltimore, MD. MMC's First Aid Stations can be used for all types of work projects and sites including:

Projects for Owner/Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs
Correctional Facilities
Construction Projects
Convention Centers
Large Outdoor Events
Tunnel Projects
Power Outages and Scrubber Projects

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) also performs professional On-Site Drug Testing and Occupational Healthcare solutions. Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) has scalable services to fit any drug testing need - from large construction projects to small random employee drug testing pools - MMC has you covered. On a day to day basis MMC works closely with contractors, labor unions and facility owners to supply a vast range of services designed to promote workplace safety and reduce costs.

Contact MMC today and mention this blog to receive a free analysis of your current substance abuse testing proposal or to request marketing information on setting up on-site medical facilities and first-aid nursing stations on your job site.