Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lindsay Lohan Leaves Court Accessorized with New Bracelet and Random Drug Testing Orders

Actress Lindsay Lohan who is riding the legal carousel stemming from her 2007 DUI charge recently escaped a warrant for arrest. A warrant was issued as Lohan was a no show for her mandatory court appearance last week. Lohan and her legal counsel accepted a court order to abstain from alcohol and to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet. The SCRAM bracelet measures blood alcohol content (BAC) and if a person has used alcohol it relays that signal to the monitoring company. Lohan was also ordered to take random substance abuse testing to remain free on bond. If Lohan misses any of her random tests it will be perceived as a refusal to test which means a positive test. In addition, Lohan is enrolled in a 13 week alcohol awareness course in which she has completed 10 weeks so far.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend Approaching Increases Focus on Traffic Safety

Federal Seatbelt Campaign: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood today announced that while seat belt use is at a record high 84 percent nationwide, 45 million Americans are still not buckling up when riding in motor vehicles. In an effort to increase belt use and save lives, the Secretary today kicked off Click It or Ticket, a national enforcement mobilization that encourages all motorists to wear their seat belts – day and night. Drivers caught not wearing their seat belt run the risk of being ticketed.

Driving Under the Influence: While Memorial Day is synonymous with BBQ's, swimming pools and picnics it is becoming one of the top holidays for Drunk Driving. Law enforcement agencies are ramping up their DUI checkpoints Nationwide.

Here are some 2009 Memorial Day Weekend Traffic Statistics from both the West and East Coasts:

Oregon
Oregon enforcement statistics for the 2009 Memorial Day holiday period noted troopers arrested 88 people for DUI. Five people died in four separate fatal traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour reporting period.

Connecticut
257 Accidents with 47 injured and 2 fatalities.
DWI Arrests:64
Seatbelt Tickets:1,499
Speeding Tickets:1,056

Monday, May 17, 2010

Office of Drug and Alcohol Control Unveils New Web Look

The Office of Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) has recently unveiled it's new online design and scheme. The ODAPC's design effort will make the site more in tune with the recent overall DOT enhancements. The new site is home to the ever important 49 CFR Part 40 (Drug & Alcohol Regulation).

To visit the site please click here.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm continually monitors the media for drug testing news items. 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. Contact us today!

Friday, May 14, 2010

CHEATERS DON'T WIN! NC Man's Tricks Backfire During Drug Test

Jeffrey Selph has found himself in the jailhouse for trying to cheat and beat his drug test. Selph was caught by his probation officer with a "yellow like tube with urine" in his possession right before his test. Selph was booked on a charge of defraud drug/alcohol screening tests under a $3,000 bond.

Other Drug Test Cheating Stories on MMC's Drug Free Blog...

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

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

If You Are Going to Cheat On Your Drug Test... Be Prepared to Face The Consequences!

Lawrence Taylor's Drug Riddled Past Re-Examined by New Charges

Synthetic Human Urine Employed To Pass Drug Tests

Illinois Man Caught Cheating on Urine Drug Test

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm continually monitors the news outlets for incidents of drug test cheating in order to provide further information on the topic. 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.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

President Obama Unveils 2010 National Drug Control Strategy

President Obama recently released the 2010 National Drug Control Strategy. The 2010 National Drug Control Strategy calls for a 15 percent reduction in the rate of youth drug use over 5 years and similar reductions in chronic drug use and drug-related consequences, such as drug deaths and drugged driving.

The Policy's key objects are:

  • Strengthen Efforts to Prevent Drug Use in Our Communities

  • Seek Early Intervention Opportunities in Health Care

  • Integrate Treatment for Substance Use Disorders into Health Care, and Expand Support for Recovery

  • Break the Cycle of Drug Use, Crime, Delinquency, and Incarceration

  • Disrupt Domestic Drug Trafficking and Production

  • Strengthen International Partnerships

  • Improve Information Systems for Analysis, Assessment, and Local Management



National Drug Control Strategy Goals to be Attained by 2015

Goal 1: Curtail illicit drug consumption in America

  • Decrease the 30-day prevalence of drug use among 12–17 year olds by 15%

  • Decrease the lifetime prevalence of 8th graders who have used drugs, alcohol, or tobacco by 15%

  • Decrease the 30-day prevalence of drug use among young adults aged 18–25 by 10%

  • Reduce the number of chronic drug users by 15%.


Goal 2: Improve the public health and public safety of the American people by reducing the consequences of drug abuse

  • Reduce drug-induced deaths by 15%

  • Reduce drug-related morbidity by 15%

  • Reduce the prevalence of drugged driving by 10%.

To read the full policy please visit the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

PA State Troopers - 16,900 DUI's in 2009

The PA State Police announced that in 2009 they made 16,900 DUI arrests. The PA State Police boast that their efforts to keep alcohol impaired drivers off the road have reduced the rates of alcohol related driving fatalities and crashes. fatalities dropped 14% and vehicle crashes dropped 1%. In 2008, State Police efforts snagged 16,156 on DUI's.

PA State Police Commissioner Col. Frank E. Pawlowski said. "Our troopers are helping to save lives by cracking down hard on those who drink and drive." Pawlowski concluded, "It's clear that our efforts to keep impaired drivers off our roads in Pennsylvania are having a positive impact."

The Office of National Drug Control Policy claims that drugs and alcohol cost taxpayers more than $300 billion annually in preventable health care costs, extra law enforcement, auto crashes, crime and lost job productivity. Mobile Medical Corporation's Random Drug Testing with Saliva Alcohol Testing can help employers to stem the costs of "working" under the influence. Pittsburgh, PA based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is an industry leader in providing customized workplace drug and alcohol testing and credential tracking solutions. Contact MMC today and ask MMC about Instant Saliva Alcohol Testing!

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New York Police Department Lab Tech Accused of Faking Drug Test Results to Save Time

The New York Post is reporting that a lab tech in the New York Police Department's forensics lab allegedly took shortcuts to fake drug testing results to save time. Lab Tech Mariem Megella's efforts may have jeopardized thousands of criminal cases. According to the New York Post, Megella is accused of placing a positive cocaine tag on a sample that tested negative just to avoid walking over to another side of the building to fill out paperwork.

Short-cuts and non-compliance in drug testing protocols should never be an option when people's lives are at stake. Whether it is a substance abuse analysis for a criminal proceeding or a drug screening for employment purposes, all testing should follow the strictest guidelines and conform to solid compliance standards.

When it comes to compliant and multi-leveled substance abuse testing, Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) offers a vast array of compatible screening solutions designed to meet any Drug Free Workplace initiative. MMC's certified collection technicians all pass a rigorous DATIA training course. MMC partners with the largest accredited laboratories in the nation which allows us to truly be involved from start to finish on every drug test we perform for our clients. All of Mobile Medical Corporation's laboratory partners are certified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to meet all strict government requirements.

Contact Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) today to see how we can enhance your substance abuse testing program. MMC is based in Pittsburgh, PA with offices in Cleveland, OH - Baltimore, MD - Houston, TX - Sacramento, CA - Paramus, NJ and Astoria, NY.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Lawrence Taylor's Drug Riddled Past Re-Examined by New Charges

Former New York Giants Linebacker who began using cocaine as a rookie in the 80's and claimed to have successfully cheated an NFL drug test by using someone else’s clean urine, now finds himself once again facing adversity. The New York Daily News reported that former NFL star Lawrence Taylor was recently taken into custody on a rape charge. Taylor's rash of arrests and charges focusing mostly on drugs and alcohol began in the mid-80's and culminated with his four game suspension in 1988 for violation of NFL rules. Taylor's troubles continued throughout the 90's with incidents ranging from crack busts to arrests for not paying child support to leaving the scene of an accident. Taylor's run in with the law seemed to take lull for a decade until this recent accusation of rape.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

U.S. Judge Dismisses Medical Marijuana ADA Case

A U.S. Federal Judge dismissed a case brought on by two California men who claimed that their rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act was violated. The two men state that restrictions on pot dispensaries in Costa Mesa and Lake Forest California are a direct violation of their rights. Judge Andrew Guilford ruled, "Because marijuana cannot be prescribed under the ADA, the court finds no likelihood of success on the merits." California legalized medical marijuana in 1996 but the Federal government still deems the drug illegal.

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

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Local Washington D.C. Pols Draft Medical Marijuana Legislation

The District Council of Washington D.C. has drafted legislation to legalize medical marijuana. The legislation is now with Washington D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty. Patients would be limited to two ounces of marijuana per month unless the cap was raised to four ounces by the Mayor. If the bill is signed by the Mayor, the U.S. Congress has 30 days to review before it becomes Law.

14 states have enacted laws that legalize medical marijuana (Date Legalized)

Alaska (1998)
California (1996)
Colorado (2004)
Hawaii (2000)
Maine (1999)
Michigan (2008)
Montana (2004)
Nevada (2000)
New Jersey (2010)
New Mexico (2007)
Oregon (1998)
Rhode Island (2006)
Vermont (2004)
Washington (1998)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Austrailian Long Distance Trucking Plagued by Drug Use

Coomera District police assisted by State officers conducted over 100 random breath tests during a recent traffic sting near Brisbane this past weekend. Aussie police concluded "Operation Astaire" with charges stemming from possession and supplying dangerous drugs to minor vehicle infractions. A female truck driver tested positive for cannabis and amphetamines after being pulled over by officers. Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Procter said, "The operation highlighted the efficiencies of random drug testing."