Brock Law Offices PC

New drug testing rule combats Opiod Epidemic

Image result for drug testing Effective Jan. 1, 2018 four opioids are added to the DOT's drug-testing panel for safety-sensitive positions. Those opioids include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone. In addition, labs must add methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) as an initial test analyte and remove methylenedioxyethylamphetamine (MDEA) as a confirmatory test analyte.

That means that DOT-regulated employers will be required to test for these highly abused opioids beginning on January 1, 2018. DOT says approximately 6.3 million DOT-regulated tests occur per year and about one percent of the submitted specimens is expected to be confirmed as positive for the added analytes. That's an anticipated 63,000 positive tests per year nationwide.

The final rule also clarifies certain existing drug-testing program provisions and definitions, makes technical amendments and removes the requirement for employers and third-party administrators to submit blind specimens.

The latest revisions are intended to harmonize with the "Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs" which were revised by the Dept. of Health and Human Services.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Get a Complimentary Strategy Session

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Brock Law Offices PC LLO

Brock Law Offices PC
5625 O Street, Suite 109
Lincoln, NE 68510

Toll Free: 800-420-3303
Phone: 402-467-3303
Fax: 402-467-3304
Lincoln Law Office Map