Friday, April 30, 2010

U.S. Airways Express Pilot Doubled As Drug Testing Cheat Entrepreneur

Stephen Sharp, a pilot for US Airways Express pleaded guilty to selling an adulterant that would help users pass federal drug tests. The product creatively named "Yourintheclear" consisted of a powder that was mixed with cranberry juice and then ingested which was claimed to have masked drugs. The drink solution was marketed on the Internet towards truck drivers, pilots and train engineers and other safety-sensitive positions. Sharp is looking at a sentence of up to 5 years in prison.

An Adulterant is a “Foreign Substances either ingested or added directly to a urine specimen to prevent the detection of drug use.”


Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm has been following this story and continually monitors the news outlets for other incidents of drug test cheating. In October, MMC reported on our "Drug Free" blog about how fake urine is manufactured and sold in novelty and gag shops to defeat drug testing. A laboratory in Nashville concluded that in a sample testing performed on a target group that synthetic urine was used nearly 80 times in the past three years to try and beat drug tests.


Also posted earlier on MMC’s site is a blog about a Pittsburgh federal judge who sentenced Gerald Willis of Los Angeles, California to 6 months for manufacturing the "Whizzanator" - a device used for cheating drug tests. The device utilized synthetic urine and could be used by both men and women. Willis's partner Robert Catalano is facing a three year probationary period.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Candidate for U.S. Congress Wants Drug Testing for College Students

The St. Louis Globe-Democrat is reporting that Bill Haas out of Missouri who is looking to make his mark on the U.S. legislature said that he would like to see colleges randomly drug test their students for the illegal use of the prescription drug Adderall. Adderall is a highly addictive schedule II Narcotic that is frequently prescribed for treating attention deficit disorder (ADD). College students who do not have ADD are taking the drug illegally to help them focus during exam preparation.

A study by the University of Kentucky reported that 34 percent to 60 percent of undergraduates use Adderall or similar drugs. Of those students, 97 percent use them illegally to improve their grades. The study cited that students said they thought using the drug had improved their grades by one to two letter grades.

Haas's proposed legislation would apply to all students at colleges and universities that get federal funding for student financial aid. Haas suggested that the legislation could take away that funding from schools that do not do random tests to determine if students are using Adderall.

UPDATE - 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 40: Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs Extended to October 2010

The Federal Government has pushed its deadline for Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs from May 1, 2010, to October 1, 2010. (49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 40). The Fed's reason for the delay is to alleviate the direct expenses it would take for participants to comply with the May 1, 2010 date. The Feds do not want participants to risk compliance issues by implementing sub-par provisions. To read more please visit here.

ABOUT MMC
Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. MMC has satellite offices in Cleveland, OH - Baltimore, MD - Houston, TX - Sacramento, CA - Paramus, NJ and Astoria, NY. MMC is a certified Woman Business Enterprise founded and incorporated in 1990. MMC provides solution based medical and risk management programs for the construction industry. MMC's services feature multi-leveled substance abuse testing and on-site medical services for multi-employer projects for facility owners, contractors, and Owner Controlled Insurance programs (OCIP and CCIP) nationwide.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) Receives Women's Business Enterprise (WBE) National Council Certification for 2011

The Women's Business Enterprise Council of PA-DE-sNJ has re-certified Pittsburgh based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC). The Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), founded in 1997, is the nation's leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America's corporations. It also is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the United States. WBENC works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities and eliminate barriers in the marketplace for women business owners. WBENC works with representatives of corporations to encourage the utilization and expansion of supplier/vendor diversity programs.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation, Doing Our Part for the Environment! Earth Day 2010

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) believes that we should all be good stewards of the environment and is why we continually search for better alternatives and more efficient ways of working "Greener."

MMC believes that innovation is the key in developing working ways that support our superior brand of solutions while at the same time allow us to reduce our consumption of the planet's precious resources.

MMC's "Green" efforts include:

Enhanced Recycling

  • Printer Cartridges

  • Used Office Paper

  • Plastic and Aluminum Office Products

e-Management
Everyday MMC utilizes efficient methods of data management that use little or no paper products at all:

e-Results: View employees testing results and access robust reporting options via MMC's paperless online tracking application SkillCheck™.

e-Locator: Locate a preferred collection facility nearest you with ease by searching through MMC's online database

e-Chains: An electronic data management system that will help MMC and clients gather and track applicant data while eliminating the need for paper forms.

Green Philanthropy
Whether it is locally or globally, MMC's philanthropic efforts focus on improving the world around us. If you have a cause that you would like us to know about please contact us today!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pittsburgh Drug Testing CEO to Speak at Mid-Atlantic Safety & Health Alliance Conference - April 29, 2010

Cynthia Latsko, President and CEO of Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) will be speaking at the Mid-Atlantic Safety and Health Alliance Conference (MASHA) on Thursday April 29, 201o. Cynthia will address the conference on the "Latest Trends and legal Issues Affecting Substance Abuse Programs." The MASHA 2K10 will be held at the Regional Learning Alliance Conference Center in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a certified Woman Business Enterprise founded and incorporated in 1990. MMC provides solution based medical and risk management programs for the construction industry. MMC's service features administering multi-employer projects for facility owners, contractors, and Owner Controlled Insurance programs (OCIP and CCIP) nationwide.

Contact MMC today to see how we can enhance your jobsite safety protocols!

Toll Free: 888-662-8358

Friday, April 16, 2010

Oregon Rules For Employers In Case of Positive Marijuana Drug Test Despite Medical Marijuana Card

The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that employers can fire employees whose drug test comes back positive for marijuana even if the employee has a medical marijuana card. The decision is based on a 1998 state law that gives way to federal law in the case of marijuana. The gist of the Federal law is that marijuana is an illegal drug and it has no medicinal purpose.

State Justice Rives Kistler stated, "Because employee did not take marijuana under supervision of a licensed health care professional and because the authorization to use marijuana found (in state law) is unenforceable, it follows that employee was currently engaged in the illegal use of drugs."

Medical Marijuana being legal in 13 States and a half dozen more considering the issue. 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.

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


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Monday, April 12, 2010

"Doctor Shopping" Feeds Drug Addiction

The recent death of Actor Corey Haim - famous for his role in the 80's classic "Lost Boys" - throws drug addiction back into the media spotlight again. California Attorney General Jerry Brown believed that Haim was an habitual "Doctor Shopper." Brown told reporters, "Corey Haim actually obtained 553 dangerous drugs in just this year, as late as five days before he died." According to the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), “Doctor shopping” by drug addicts is one of the most common ways that addicts get illegal controlled substances. Generally, this term refers to the visit by an individual—who may or may not have legitimate medical needs—to several doctors, each of whom writes a prescription for a controlled substance. The individual will visit several pharmacies, receiving more of the drug than intended by any single physician, typically for the purpose of feeding an addiction.

The ease that illegal controlled substances can be obtained through Doctor Shopping should not fall on deaf ears when it comes to pre-employment or workplace drug testing. Drugs such as Oxycontin are a couple of the major substances that addicts go after. OxyContin has become a target for diverters and abusers of controlled substances because of the larger amounts of the active ingredient in relation to other previous oxycodone products and the ability of abusers to easily compromise the controlled release formulation. Simply crushing the tablet can negate the timed effect of the drug, enabling abusers to swallow, inhale, or inject the drug, which is water soluble, for a powerful morphine-like high.

There have been many instances of pharmacies being robbed strictly for their supply of OxyContin. Investigations have uncovered organized rings of individuals diverting, selling and abusing OxyContin . Intelligence has also shown that foreign diversion is another source of the OxyContin being sold and used illegally in the United States.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pittsburgh Court Sentences Maker of "Whizzinator" Drug Testing Cheat Device

A Pittsburgh federal judge recently sentenced Gerald Willis of Los Angeles, California to 6 months for manufacturing the "Whizzanator" - a device used for cheating drug tests. The device utilized synthetic urine and could be used by both men and women. Willis's partner Robert Catalano is facing a three year probationary period.

Willis and Catalano originally pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge to sell drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Prosecutors concluded that the product specifically targeted the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Drug Testing policy.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm has been following this story and continually monitors the news outlets for other incidents of drug test cheating. In October, MMC reported on our "Drug Free" blog about how fake urine is manufactured and sold in novelty and gag shops to defeat drug testing. A laboratory in Nashville concluded that in a sample testing performed on a target group that synthetic urine was used nearly 80 times in the past three years to try and beat drug tests.

Another story that was posted on MMC's blog in January details how Federal Agents in Pittsburgh targeted Sharp Labs out of Port Orange, Florida for producing materials that were claimed to help individuals pass their drug tests. Sharp Labs owned and operated by Stephen Sharp will be faces money laundering, fraud and drug charges. Sharp Labs touted that their instant drink mix that could be used to mask urine used in federal drug screens.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Visit Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) at The 2010 Building & Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is headed to Washington D.C. for the 2010 Building & Construction Trades Department Legislative Conference. MMC will be exhibiting from April 18th to the 20th.

This year's show is being held at the Washington Hilton and Towers. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there! Stop by and find your Company or Union's logo in our brand new booth layout! If you don't see it - ask us and we'll try and fit you in for you!

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), organized labor’s premier third party administrator of collectively bargained substance abuse testing programs!
888.662.8358

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Visit Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) at The 2010 IBEW Construction & Maintenance Conference

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is headed to Washington D.C. for the 2010 IBEW Construction and Maintenance Conference. MMC will be exhibiting from April 15 to 17th. This year's show is being held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, Capitol Hill.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone there! Stop by and find your Company or Union's logo in our brand new booth layout! If you don't see it - ask us and we'll try and fit you in!

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), organized labor’s premier third party administrator of collectively bargained substance abuse testing programs!

888.662.8358