Datia 2013 Annual Conference

Eastern Medical Support is excited to head to Orlando, Florida next week to attend the DATIA 2013 Annual Conference.

The Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) promotes the highest possible standards of professionalism and quality control in the drug and alcohol testing industry, and develops and oversees education, certification, and accreditation programs for the drug and alcohol testing industry.

Eastern Medical Support’s membership in DATIA helps us to provide our clients with the highest quality service possible.  We are excited to look for more new ways improve our services at this year’s conference!

DOT Recreational Marijuana Notice

DOT ‘Recreational’ Marijuana Notice

Department of Transportation sent this bulletin at 12/03/2012 10:53 AM EST

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Recently, some states passed initiatives to permit use of marijuana for so-called “recreational” purposes.

We have had several inquiries about whether these state initiatives will have an impact upon the Department of Transportation’s longstanding regulation about the use of marijuana by safety‐sensitive transportation employees – pilots, school bus drivers, truck drivers, train engineers, subway operators, aircraft maintenance personnel, transit fire‐armed security personnel, ship captains, and pipeline emergency response personnel, among others.

We want to make it perfectly clear that the state initiatives will have no bearing on the Department of Transportation’s regulated drug testing program. The Department of Transportation’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation – 49 CFR Part 40 – does not authorize the use of Schedule I drugs, including marijuana, for any reason.

Therefore, Medical Review Officers (MROs) will not verify a drug test as negative based upon learning that the employee used “recreational marijuana” when states have passed “recreational marijuana” initiatives.

We also firmly reiterate that an MRO will not verify a drug test negative based upon information that a physician recommended that the employee use “medical marijuana” when states have passed “medical marijuana” initiatives.

It is important to note that marijuana remains a drug listed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. It remains unacceptable for any safety‐sensitive employee subject to drug testing under the Department of Transportation’s drug testing regulations to use marijuana.

We want to assure the traveling public that our transportation system is the safest it can possibly be.

Jim L. Swart
Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance
Department of Transportation

December 3, 2012