As outlined in a previous post, early studies during the COVID-19 pandemic showed substance use increasing as a result of stress, anxiety/depression and boredom. While we can’t yet determine the full impact of COVID on substance use, available data continues to show an alarming increase in usage and overdose deaths.
During its first year of implementation, over 56,000 drug and alcohol violations were reported to the FMCSA Clearinghouse. Of the reported violations, 82% were for positive drug tests. This data and other statistics published in the Clearinghouse’s 2020 final summary report, reinforces the importance of the Clearinghouse for roadway safety.
Aug. 17, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF). DOT employers and their service agents (collectors, laboratories, MROs) are required to begin using the revised CCF by August 31, 2021. The revised CCF can be viewed here.
In a study conducted by The Recovery Village® , 63% of employed participants said they’d increased their substance use during COVID-19. This statistic supports expert predictions that substance abuse will rise throughout the pandemic, in addition to rates of addiction afterward due to stress, isolation, boredom and decreased access to recovery resources. With substance abuse increasing and …
Jan. 4, 2020, OSHA revised its National Emphasis Program (NEP) to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in general industry, maritime, and construction. The NEP targets specific industries expected to have the highest numbers of workers exposed to silica and focuses on enforcement of the new silica standards.
The Oklahoman has recognized TEAM Professional Services as an Oklahoma Top Workplace for 2019. This honor is awarded to companies based on their employees’ feedback gathered through a survey administered by Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection.
The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 9.9 million Americans over the age of 12 had misused controlled prescription drugs in the past year. Shockingly, Over 50 percent of the abused drugs were obtained from friends or family, often from the home medicine cabinet. In an effort to address the prescription …