Category: In the News

Legalizing Marijuana in 2020

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans live in a state where recreational marijuana is legal? South Dakota made history when it became the first state to legalize both medical and recreational marijuana at the same time in the November 2020 election. Although you may hear different answers from different people, and we’re still learning more about the consequences all the time, today we’re exploring the states that have decriminalized marijuana in 2020. Legalizing Marijuana in 2020 During the 2020 election New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana became the latest states to legalize marijuana. This addition raised the ... Read more

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Fall 2020

Do you have a collection of unused medications in your bathroom cabinet? You’re not alone! Most Americans amass an assortment of unneeded, unwanted, and expired prescriptions over time. Although you might assume it’s harmless to store these drugs in a cabinet or drawer, in fact, they present a significant risk because they could be found and consumed by the wrong person. To encourage Americans to safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local agencies host a bi-annual event: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This year’s spring event was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. The ... Read more

4 Benefits of Onsite Workplace Testing

4 Benefits of Onsite Workplace Testing Drug testing is essential to ensuring a drug-free workplace. While you know how important it is to keep your operations drug-free, drug abuse is a real problem that can wreak havoc quickly. A drug-testing policy is a great way to deter employees from using illicit drugs on the job.  Drug testing is a critical part of keeping your workplace productive and safe, but you want to make sure your employees can maximize their time at work. How can you get excellent drug testing without spending your employee’s time away from work and risking an ... Read more

The Benadryl Challenge

The Benadryl Challenge Prompts FDA statement As a parent, you worry about drugs and you know the signs for drug and alcohol abuse with your child. Thanks to initiatives such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse or DARE, awareness surrounding adolescent drug use continues to stand at an all-time highs. But were you prepared for the Benadryl challenge? While most parents talk to their children about the inherent dangers and legal pitfalls of marijuana or cocaine, many don’t know that teens are able to find recreational drugs right at home. Go beyond locking the liquor cabinet, household items are abused as drugs ... Read more

Making a Difference on International Overdose Day 2020

The tragedy of overdose is preventable Tomo joins people and organizations around the world to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held each year on August 31. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related illness and death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have died or have permanent injuries due to drug or alcohol overdose. Overdose occurs when someone consumes drugs in a quantity or combination that exceeds what their body can handle. Often associated with illicit drugs such as ... Read more

Teens Are Dressing Up Like Masked Grandparents to Successfully Buy Alcohol

Teens are dressing up as mask-wearing grandmas in order to successfully buy alcohol without ID during the coronavirus pandemic. Teens have attempted alcohol purchases with fake ID’s for decades, but thanks to COVID mask ordinances and the latest TIKTOK prank, it is becoming even more popular and dangerous. Teens Are Dressing Up Like Masked Grandparents to Successfully Buy Alcohol If you’re the parent of a teen, chances are you’ve considered how to discuss the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse with your child. Thanks to initiatives such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse or DARE, awareness surrounding adolescent drug ... Read more

More Impacted by Opioid Epidemic Than 2 Years Ago

According to a recent study conducted by Siena College, more people say they are impacted by the opioid crisis than 2 years ago. The study states 59% of New Yorker’s have been touched by the opioid epidemic. Read more about the study below. More Impacted by Opioid Epidemic than 2 Years Ago What did the study show? The study, recently published online by Siena College, examined surveys by New Yorkers over the last two years. Researchers found between 57 and 78 percent have “seen increases in the awareness of the dangers of prescription pain medication, and lifesaving drugs like Naloxone or ... Read more

National Drug Court Month 2020

May is National Drug Court Month, dedicated to shedding light on the high success rate of adult drug courts. In fact, drug courts are six times more likely to keep participants in treatment long enough for them to recover. Despite their effectiveness, many people are still not aware of drug courts or their purpose. If you want to help spread the word about these life-changing programs, here’s some information to guide your conversations. National Drug Court Month About Drug Courts Drug courts take a problem-solving approach to help drug-offenders receive needed treatment. When released from jail, many participants tend to ... Read more

DOT Issues Notice Concerning CBD Oil

The Department of Transportation recently published a notice clarifying existing requirements under the law concerning CBD oil and their agency policies. In December of 2018 the Farm Bill or Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 was passed. This bill removed hemp from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act. Under the Farm Bill, hemp-derived products containing a concentration of up to 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are not controlled substances. THC is the primary psychoactive component of marijuana.  Any product, including “Cannabidiol” (CBD) products, with a concentration of more than 0.3% THC remains classified as marijuana, a Schedule I drug under ... Read more

FMCSA Extends Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse Deadline for State Agencies

  The FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse can be confusing for employers. Recently, federal regulators ruled to give state motor vehicle agencies 3 more years before needing to be fully compliant. To learn learn more on the regulatory change, read below. Federal regulators made a final rule, delaying the compliance deadline for the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse by three years for state motor vehicle agencies. State agencies will have until January 6, 2023, instead of January 6, 2020 to comply with the rule. This gives states more time to ensure IT systems can securely tap into the Clearinghouse system, according to the ... Read more