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New bill letscompanies run drug tests on truck drivers' hair

New bill letscompanies run drug tests on truck drivers' hair
By PeteKasperowicz
The entirecongressional delegation from Arkansas has proposed legislation that would lettrucking companies run random drug tests on the hair of their drivers, a movemembers of Congress and companies say would help make America's highways safer.
Sen. MarkPryor (D-Ark.) and Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) introduced the legislation, H.R.3403, on Wednesday. They say it's needed because under current law, only urinetests are recognized by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forpre-employment drug and alcohol tests.

Drug Testing Results

random drug testingWoman Faces Multiple Charges Over Drug Test Results:
A federal grand jury returned a 25-count indictment,charging a California woman for falsifying commercial driver drug test results.Demetri Dearth, 56, faces charges of mail fraud and false statements to agovernment agency, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the EasterDistrict of California. According to the indictment, Dearth was the owner andoperator of Advanced Programs based in Redding. Dearth purported to assistemployers of commercial drivers to comply with United States Department ofTransportation regulations requiring pre-employment and random drug tests ofcommercial drivers.

What happens when a (DOT)driver tests positive?

What happens when a DOT driver tests positive? 
When a driver has a confirmed positive, or engages in other prohibited drug or alcohol behavior, the driver must be removed from a safety-sensitive function per §382.501. The employer must present the driver with a list of Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) per §40.287. The list must be given without a fee, and the carrier cannot force an employee to seek the evaluation. The list, also, must be made available to the driver (or driver applicant) whether or not the carrier retains the driver in their employ.

Pre-employment drug

  Key Facts include:
A spike in pre-employment drug test positives
An increase in marijuana positivity in oral fluid testing
Marijuana's continuation as the most commonly abused illegal drug.
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Medical Review Officer (MRO)

random drug testingMedical Review Officer (MRO), The Role of the Medical Review Officer (MRO)The role of the Medical Review Officer is to review and interpret lab results obtained through the agency's testing program. An essential element of drug testing is a mechanism for a medical review of the results. That mechanism is the Medical Review Officer (MRO). The MRO's role is an important safeguard in the testing process. The MRO practice is a business specialty area that requires technical knowledge, professional judgment, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of both legal and economic issues.

Drug and alcohol program

Safety is our highest priority," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. "Companies and drivers who willfully violate safety laws will not be allowed to operate."
On April 6, 2013, Williams, a commercial driver's license (CDL) holder, was operating a commercial vehicle on I-20 in Georgia when he was stopped by a Georgia State Police officer and charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol. In late January 2013, Williams was charged by the North Charleston, S.