Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Colorado and Washington Approve Marijuana for Recreational Use


Colorado and Washington, who are current medical marijuana states, have made history this Election Day by passing the first laws that allow for the legal use of “recreational” marijuana.  The recreational marijuana laws allow residents 21 and older to possess up to one ounce from licensed vendors, which the states plan to tax.  

  • Amendment 64 Colorado: the state's constitution makes it legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess marijuana and for businesses to sell it.
  • Initiative 502 Washington: establishes a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to one ounce. It also would establish a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.

The laws legalizing recreational marijuana will certainly face federal scrutiny. Marijuana possession is still a federal crime and employers are seeking advice on how to approach this topic. Danielle Urban, an Atlanta lawyer, interprets federal law to say “that employers are not prohibited from taking adverse actions against someone who tests positive for marijuana.”  Urban believes that bringing medical marijuana into the mix makes legal arguments unclear as many states (19 currently) permit medical marijuana use.  Other states say 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 Law.com - 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 won’t 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 that the federal government may enforce the Controlled Substances Act's prohibition on medical marijuana against those who use the drug under state laws.


MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATES

State
Date Approved
1. Alaska
1998
2. Arizona
2010
1996
2000
2012
6. DC
2010
2011
8. Hawaii
2000
9. Maine
1999
2012
11. Michigan
2008
12. Montana
2004
13. Nevada
2000
2010
2007
16. Oregon
1998
2006
18. Vermont
2004
1998

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Synthetic Marijuana “K-2” and “Spice” a Growing National Health Threat



Synthetic marijuana often sold in gas stations and convenience stores under names like “K-2,” “Genie,” or  “Spice” is a growing health threat to the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 1 in 9 high school seniors have tried the drugs. Calls to poison centers about the drugs rose from 2,900 in 2010 to 7,000 in 2011 and hit 1,200 in the first two months of 2012.

Synthetic cannabinoids are chemically engineered substances similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”), the active ingredient in marijuana. When smoked or ingested, synthetic cannabinoids can produce a high similar to marijuana. Initially developed for pain management research and the effects of cannabis on the brain, these substances have recently become a popular alternative to marijuana.

The following 41 states have banned synthetic cannabinoids:

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming




Contact Mobile Medical Corporation today to learn more about synthetic marijuana.


Synthetic Marijuana and Methamphetamine Sting at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Mail Facility


Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, have recently uncovered international drug smuggling activities at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport Mail Facility.  CBP agents have discovered synthetic marijuana and methamphetamine in several packages and letters that have come into the facility from China and Europe.

Steven Artino, Acting Director of CBP Field Operations in Chicago said, “These unpredictable chemical combinations are sending some users to the hospital and others to the grave.”

Synthetic marijuana is a mixture of common herbs sprayed with synthetic chemicals that mirror the high of marijuana. The American Association of Poison Control Centers reported that within the past year there have been over 500 cases of negative reactions to the still legal yet dangerous drug.

In 2011, The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently evoked its emergency scheduling authority to control five chemicals used to make so-called "synthetic marijuana" products. Except as authorized by law, this action makes possessing and selling these chemicals or the products that contain them illegal in the United States.

At least 41 states have legislatively banned synthetic cannabinoids.

To read more Mobile Medical Corporation postings about synthetic marijuana please click here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Crystal Meth Use Rises in Hawaii

Mobile Medical Corporation - A Pittsburgh based drug testing firm is reporting that Diagnostic Lab Services out of Hawaii recently released a study that concludes that 0.8 percent of the employees and potential employees tested positive for crystal meth or “ice” during the third quarter of this year. Albeit small, the increase has been observed for three consecutive quarters already — 0.5 percent during the first quarter and 0.6 percent during the second quarter.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) understands that in today's business and economic environment, risk management professionals and employers alike are looking to continuously improve job-site safety and workplace compliance. And that is why companies nationwide continually utilize MMC's vast array of cost efficient and diverse testing programs to maintain a better and safe work environment.

Mobile Medical Corporation has offices in Pittsburgh, PA - Cleveland, OH - Baltimore, MD - New York, City - Sacramento, CA. 888-662-8358

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pittsburgh Drug Testing Company Reports on Washington State and Legalized Marijuana

Washington State Initiative 502 could be the legislative doorway to legal marijuana in Washington State if approved on Nov  6.  If passed, the law would allow adults over 21 to purchase taxed, government inspected inspected marijuana at state-licensed shops.

If the initiative passes:
  • Public use or display of marijuana would be barred.
  • No marijuana facilities could be located near schools, day cares, parks or libraries.
  • Employers would still be able to fire workers who test positive for pot.
To read more about Washington State Initiative 502 -  click here.

To read more on marijuana and medical marijuana  - click here for the Drug Free Blog news cluster.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm, understands that in today's business and economic environment, risk management professionals and employers alike are looking to continuously improve job-site safety and workplace compliance. And that is why companies nationwide continually utilize MMC's vast array of cost efficient and diverse testing programs to maintain a better and safe work environment.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is proud to be part of this year's National Drug Free Work Week - October 15-20, 2012

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is proud to be part of this year's National Drug Free Work Week - October 15-20, 2012. Celebrating one drug free week a year is the first step but MMC believes that every work week should be drug and alcohol free! MMC encourages workers with drug and alcohol abuse related life issues to seek help now!


According to the National Drug Free Workplace Alliance - The prevalence of substance use among workers is lower than the prevalence among the unemployed, but a sizeable  number of employed individuals use drugs and alcohol. 

• 8.4 percent of those employed full-time were current illicit drug users, and 8.8 percent reported heavy 
alcohol use.


Visit the 2012 National Drug Free Work Week Website and download tons of educational and visuals that can be used in your workplace this year!

Contact MMC to see how we can hep you celebrate National Drug Free Work Week!
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Red Pick Up Truck Turns Out to be a Rolling Methamphetamine Lab

Rolling Meth Lab
Memphis police pulled over a red pick-up truck over the weekend for a license plate violation.  What they found was more than a violation.  Police discovered meth-lab related chemicals and paraphernalia.  Memphis Hazmat crews had to come in and remove the volatile materials.  The driver was arrested on meth related charges.

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant drug that is similar in structure to amphetamine.  Although methamphetamine can be prescribed by a doctor, its medical uses are limited, and the doses that are prescribed are much lower than those typically abused. Most of the methamphetamine abused in this country comes from foreign or domestic superlabs, although it can also be made in small, illegal laboratories, where its production endangers the people in the labs, neighbors, and the environment.

When it comes to compliant and multi-leveled substance abuse testing programs, Pittsburgh based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) offers a vast array of compatible screening solutions designed to meet any Drug Free Workplace initiative nationwide. 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.

Call MMC's Employer Substance Abuse Testing Hotline Today!
1-888-662-8358

Monday, October 1, 2012

Curb Workplace Violence with Random Alcohol and Drug Testing


Recent Acts of Workplace Violence:

Minneapolis sign-making business .
Empire State Building shootings in New York City.
A supermarket in Old Bridge, New Jersey.

Protect your firm and your staff by initiating random drug testing and alcohol screenings within your workplace substance abuse testing program.  Having a well understood substance abuse testing policy in the workplace is a solid deterrent that will greatly enhance workplace safety. Obviously, employees who know about their employer's testing policy most likely won't violate it and risk losing their income - Especially with the unemployment rate and the economy the way it is right now. Prospective employees should also be made aware of all drug testing policies during the interview process in order to "weed" out potential abusers before they enter the workplace. A "Drug Free Workplace" policy will ensure workplace production and worker safety as well as deter negligent hiring and violence. When looking for a solid drug testing program administrator, be sure to choose an experienced professional Substance Abuse Testing firm such as Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) who has been in the industry for over 15 years.

Contact MMC today for a comprehensive review of your workplace drug testing policies! 888-662-8358
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Need a Reason for Employment Drug & Alcohol Testing? Just Look at Amtrak's Epic Fail!

AMTRAK'S EPIC DRUG & ALCOHOL TESTING FAIL

Over 30 million passengers rode Amtrak trains in 2011
According to a recent report by Amtrak's Office of Inspector General - employees at Amtrak continue to miserably fail their drug and alcohol tests at a 51% higher rate than others in the rail industry.  The report stated that cocaine and marijuana are the substance of choice for those that fail their substance abuse testing.

SAFETY SENSITIVE POSITIONS
Employees who are designated safety sensitive have a higher testing standard based on federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. The Amtrak report reveals that Amtrak officials routinely and dangerously ignore compliance and often turn a blind eye to violations.

Amtrak officials estimate that they've spent $1.5 million to screen employees in 2012.

Want to Learn More about quality substance abuse testing?

When it comes to quality drug and alcohol testing solutions, employers and risk mitigation professionals should solely rely on a professional drug testing firm like Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC). Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) can help you with all of your substance abuse testing needs and questions. MMC works closely with all clients to establish focused policies and testing procedures that comply with both the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Non-Federal testing programs.

Contact Pittsburgh drug testing firm Mobile Medical Corporation Today! 888-662-8358

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Indiana Driver with Blood Alcohol Concentration of .52% Causes Massive Collision

According to police in Ft. Wayne, Indiana a driver with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .52% was the cause of a 4 car collision which injured several people. Sgt. Mark Brooks of the Fort Wayne Police Department said, "That's one of the higher numbers I have seen over my time at the police department."  Of course brooks was talking about the percentage of alcohol in the driver's system.

Click here for multi-media coverage of the accident.|
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 and Alcohol Testing programs can help 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, on-site medical services and credential tracking solutions. Contact us today and ask about our Instant Saliva Alcohol Testing. 888-662-8358

Click here to read more about DUI and Alcohol Related Abuse.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE 411

Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels & the Implied Consent Law

"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.

Contact MMC today and ask about Instant Saliva Alcohol Testing! 1-888-662-8358.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Federal Court Rules In Favor of Walmart in Medical Marijuana Case

A federal court ruled that Walmart could terminate employment of those who test positive for medical marijuana.  Recently Walmart exercised an option to fire an employee who injured himself on the job and was ordered for mandatory drug testing.  The employee, Joseph Casias, was terminated for testing positive for marijuana.  Casias's oncologist suggested that he use medical marijuana to ease the pain from his ongoing medical disease.

Mobile Medical Corporation, a Pittsburgh drug testing firm closely monitors all headlines and laws relating to medical marijuana and employment testing.  Click here for Mobile Medical Corporation's substance abuse testing medical marijuana archives.  Currently 17 states and the District of Columbia allow medicinal marijuana:

Alaska
Arizona
California
Colorado
Connecticut
DC
Delaware
Hawaii
Maine
Michigan
Montana
Nevada
New Jersey
New Mexico
Oregon
Rhode Island
Vermont
Washington


Pittsburgh drug testing firm Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) can help you with all of your substance abuse testing and on-site industrial medical services. 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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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Construction Executives Choose Romney over Obama in ENR Presidential Poll


Obama or Romney?  
ENR:  "Which candidate is better
for the construction industry?
With the the 2012 Presidential Election only a few months away Engineering News-Record Magazine unveiled an election poll asking "Which candidate would be better for the construction industry?"

ENR questioned 378 construction executives and here are the results:
  • 71.2% said Romney was the better choice
  • 14.8% said Obama was the better choice
  • 14.0% declined to answer.
Reasoning surrounding the choices include:
  • Claims that Obama is anti-business
  • Others questioned Romney's leadership ability
An unnamed ENR presidential survey participant explained, "The public sector will see more work under Obama, and the private sector will see more work under Romney."

To read more about the ENR poll - click here!

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh based drug testing and on-site industrial medical services provider to the construction industry says stay tuned!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Prescription Painkillers Overwhelming Oklahoma


According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the State of Oklahoma needs an intervention fast!  The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director Darrell Weaver said, "The state ranks the highest in the nation for nonmedical use of painkillers, and is among the top states for drug overdose death rates and amount of prescription painkillers sold per 10,000 people."  The number of drug-related deaths in Oklahoma climbed from 344 in 2001 to a decade later.  Officials say 80 percent of those deaths are from prescription drugs.

A prescription painkiller that is at the forefront of the prescription drug war is OxyContin.   OxyContin is a narcotic drug that was approved by FDA for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. OxyContin contains Oxycodone HCl, an opioid agonist with an addiction potential similar to that of morphine. The pharmacological effects of OxyContin, a brand name formulation of the Schedule II narcotic Oxycodone, make it attractive to abusers as it offers reliable strength and dosage levels and may, in some instances, be covered by the abuser's health insurance. Abusers have discovered that the controlled release formula of OxyContin can be easily compromised allowing inhalation or injection for a powerful, morphine-like high.

Contact Pittsburgh Drug testing firm - Mobile MedicalCorporation (MMC) - today for more information about OxyContin drug testing and other workplace substance abuse testing services.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) Providing On-Site Medical Services for the University Medical Center Project in New Orleans



Pittsburgh, PA - Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is currently providing on-site indistrial medical services for Willis at the new University Medical Center project in New Orleans, Louisina.  Other major players on the construction project include SKANSKA, MAPP Construction, LLC, Jacobs and NICI.  MMC will be responsible for providing first responder medical treatment, biological monitoring and other administrative functions throughout the enire construction project.  MMC's Operations Manager, Gregg Latsko stated that, "He is excited and energized to provide Mobile Medical Corporation's brand of top-shelf industrial medical services to such an important project on both a local and regional scale."

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.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Not So "Happy Mart" Busted For Selling Fake Urine to Pass Drug Test

WRAL in North Carolina recently reported that the Happy Mart Tobacco Shop in Clinton, North Carolina was recently raided in an ongoing two month fraud investigation.  The store owners were charged with defrauding drug and alcohol screen tests, dispensing medication without a license, sale of glass tubes by a retailer and manufacturing or delivering drug paraphernalia.  Authorities discovered over a dozen glass tubes commonly used for smoking crack cocaine and antibiotics and other prescription drugs from Latin America in the store.  Police also seized a dozen containers of Magnum Detox Novelty Synthetic Urine.   Magnum Detox is used to cheat urine drug tests.  Drug testing companies and authorities are catching on to this new rash of cheating. If a user is caught it is usually during the collection period as the temperature of the fake urine is usually not body temperature.

Companies are catching on and can now analyze to see when the fake urine has been used in drug tests. A national laboratory concluded that in a sample testing performed on a target group - synthetic urine was used nearly 80 times in the past three years to try and beat drug tests.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC), a Pittsburgh Drug Testing firm continually monitors news and industry information outlets for incidents of drug test cheating.  Click to read more about MMC's drug chronicles on synthetic cheats and synthetic drug types.  Follow us on Twitter for breaking news!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Captain of Costa Concordia Returns Negative Drug Test

With the tragedy of the Costa Concordia shipwreck last week several questions have arisen on the state of Captain Francesco Schettino and whether or not he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.  Pier Luigi Foschi, the President of Costa Cruises was questioned by local press if he thought that Captain Schettino was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  Foschi replied that he thought the captain's behavior was emotionally unbalanced.  Captain Francesco Schettino submitted to a substance abuse test after the incident in which later his lawyers revealed that a clean toxicology report was returned.

Friday, January 6, 2012

DATIA and SHRM Poll Show Pre-Employment Drug Testing On the Rise

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) released a poll this fall that showed the practice of requiring job applicants to take a pre-employment drug test appears to be gaining acceptance from employers.

The September 7, 2011 poll revealed that  fifty-seven percent of the survey participants’ organizations require all job candidates to take a pre-employment drug test, while less than a third (29 percent) do not have a pre-employment drug-testing requirement. The remaining 14 percent of respondents test applicants for safety-sensitive positions and when required by state law.

The poll, which was commissioned by DATIA and conducted by SHRM, surveyed 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals and featured questions about employers’ drug-testing policies and practices.

Mobile Medical Corporation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs can help 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, on-site medical services and credential tracking solutions. Contact us today and ask about our Instant Saliva Alcohol Testing. 888-662-8358