Monday, February 21, 2011

Secretary of State Clinton says Drug Legalization Likely Not to Happen Because "There’s ‘too much money in it."

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton believes that the United States would have a hard time legalizing drugs as a means of fighting the black market because "there is just too much money in it." In an interview with Mexican television regarding drug legalization Clinton responded, "You can legalize small amounts for possession, but those who are making so much money selling, they have to be stopped. They can’t be given an even easier road to take, because they will then find it in their interest to addict even more young people." Advocates of legalization have roared back and responded by saying, "Clinton's response illustrates not only the intellectual bankruptcy of the prohibitionist position but the economic ignorance of a woman who would be president." At the Drug War Chronicle, Scott Morgan called Clinton's argument "perfectly incoherent" and argued it flew in the face of economic theory.

Earlier in the year MMC posted a blog titled "California Looks To Marijuana For Bail Out" in which California contemplated legislation to tax and regulate marijuana like it does alcohol to boost tax revenue.  The bill would have allowed adults to legally possess, grow and sell marijuana. Officials that are for the tax and legalization of marijuana, believe that it would generate nearly $1.4 billion in revenue. The California State Board of Equalization reported that marijuana retail sales would bring an estimated $990 million from a $50-per-ounce fee and $392 million in sales taxes.

The interview with Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton focused mainly on Mexico's drug war, which has cost over 30,000 lives. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox has come out in favor of legalizing drugs as a way of taking the steam out of organized crime. Mexican President Calderon has approved legislation decriminalizing possession of small amounts of most recreational drugs, and has called for a debate on new approaches to dealing with drugs.

The Drug War and Debate Continue...

Friday, February 18, 2011

MMC Attending The North American Iron Workers - IMPACT Labor-Management Conference

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) will be attending the North American Iron Workers / IMPACT Labor-Management Conference - February 20, 2011 to February 24, 2011 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The event is being held at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel. We hope to see all of you there!

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a certified Woman Business Enterprise founded and incorporated in 1990, by Cynthia J. Latsko.  MMC provides solution based on-site medical services and risk management programs for the construction industry.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Claims of NFL Players Being Alerted to Drug Testing Shadows Greenbay Packers Superbowl Victory

Media outlets are claiming that NFL players are being alerted to their scheduled drug testing making the drug testing policies and procedures ineffective.  The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) claims that  Packers head trainer Pepper Burruss alerted Scott Wells after Green Bay's wild-card victory against Philadelphia that the center would be expected in the following day for a drug test.  There are two different opposing views - The NFL and The International Doping Community - on letting players know that they will be tested.

The NFL accepts the action of giving advance notice of a test on a game day. Adolpho Birch, the NFL's vice president of law and labor policy, said teams are only allowed to give advance notice of a test on a game day because players are often given the following day off. The league's policy states that if a player is notified but fails to show, he could be subject to NFL discipline. Tests are not given on game day because of logistical complications with traveling and other issues.

David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees drug testing in all Olympic sports, told the WSJ. "If you're going to do advanced warning, you might as well not test," "Half an hour is a lot of warning. That's how quickly you can manipulate the tests."  Travis Tygart, head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, who provided an interview to the Wall Street Journal said, "It's obviously concerning," and "The world knows you can't give advanced notice for testing for it to be effective."

Does alerting NFL players to their scheduled drug test affect the outcome of the game and did it at all taint the Packers win over the Steelers on Superbowl Sunday?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) to Provide On-Site Medical Services to Clark Construction at Walnut Creek, CA Project

Pittsburgh, PA - Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is set to provide on-site medical services and drug testing for Clark Construction in Walnut Creek, California. MMC will be responsible for administering initial new hire safety training, providing first responder medical treatment and conducting pre-employment and post-accident drug testing, biological monitoring and other administrative functions.  MMC's Operations Manager, Gregg Latsko said, "He is thrilled that Clark Construction, who is one of the major players within the global construction arena, has chosen Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) as a partner to provide on-site medical services on this multi-year project."  MMC has provided on-site medical services and drug testing to Clark Construction's projects at their NCE site in Springfield, Virginia and on a joint-venture with Clark Construction and Hunt Construction at the Army Corp of Engineers San Antonio Military Medical Hospital project.

About Mobile Medical Corporation:
Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is a certified Woman Business Enterprise founded and incorporated in 1990, by Cynthia J. Latsko. MMC provides solution based substance abuse testing and on-site first-aid and medical services for the construction industry. Our service features administering multi-employer projects for facility owners, contractors, and Owner Controlled Insurance programs (OCIP and CCIP) nationwide. MMC has set the standard when it comes to On-Site Medical Facilities management. MMC’s on-site medical stations allow our clients to maximize both health and safety standards on their job sites, while substantially reducing compensation costs and employee’s time away from work. MMC plays an integral role in construction projects and has proven to be invaluable to our client’s Health and Safety Risk Management teams.  MMC's corporate headquarters is in Pittsburgh, PA with regional offices in Cleveland, OH; Baltimore, MD; Astoria, NY; Paramus, NJ and Sacramento, CA.