Charleston, SC Coast Guard/Merchant Mariner Approved Drug Testing

At Medical Express, we only use SAMSHA certified labs and an approved MRO for drug testing.  We can provide you with all of the necessary documentation required for you to obtain or renew your Captain’s license for the Coast Guard/Merchant Mariner in the Charleston, SC area.  

We can now register you for a federal drug screen electronically, so all you have to do is take the registration number and your picture ID into the lab.  Ordering your test is easy.  Just click here and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions or problems, please call us at 800-835-7738.

What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers

The following is an informative blog from Quest Diagnostics concerning what legalizing marijuana could cost employers:

by Nicole Jupe on November 2, 2015

The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) continues to closely follow marijuana legislation and how it impacts employers seeking to maintain drug-free workplaces. As part of its educational efforts, DATIA provides online resources to help address misconceptions about marijuana by presenting clear facts to employers.

A collaboration by experts like Sue Rusche, co-founder of National Families in Action, and Kevin Sabet, Ph. D., co-founder of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana), yielded a robust whitepaper – What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers – in an effort to examine “the complexities that employers face as marijuana is legalized for medical or recreational use in various U.S. states and how the changing legal landscape will affect employers.”

The authors examine five key areas for employers that are affected by marijuana use – litigation, productivity, safety, flexibility and compliance – along with easy-to-understand scenarios that could potentially occur in any business. Lastly, the whitepaper provides suggestions regarding what employers can do to help to protect their workplaces.

Litigation
Will employers have to accommodate marijuana use? Will employers pay unemployment compensation to an employee fired for failing a drug test? Can employers terminate an employee for engaging in legal activities off-the-clock? The whitepaper addresses questions like these, citing several recent legal cases and reminding employers that marijuana is illegal under federal law regardless of individual state legislation.

Productivity
As the most widely used illicit drug in the United States, marijuana has been linked to reduced motivation among workers as well as increased absenteeism, tardiness, injuries and on-the-job accidents. Data shows that the risk for addiction climbs to 1 in 6 for young users and impacts the adolescent brain. As such, “the more available marijuana becomes through legalization and commercialization, the more adolescents and young adults will access and use it.” The authors remind us that today’s adolescents are tomorrow’s workforce.

Safety
Drug testing in the workplace grew in response to a mounting number of drug and alcohol related accidents in the 1980s. Employers wanted to help to ensure safer working conditions, especially for employees with safety-sensitive roles like transportation. A review of 20 years of marijuana research confirmed that driving after smoking marijuana doubles the risk of an automobile accident. Nationally, marijuana remains the second most cited drug involved accidents after alcohol. The authors say that the best course for employers to maintain a drug-free workplace is a zero-tolerance policy.

Flexibility
“One of the steepest challenges for organizations to overcome is the recruitment and retention of a talented, skilled workforce,” said the authors. Marijuana endangers the balance between provisions on the employer side and on the employee side. One example is the “Prohibition of Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing Emergency Act of 2014” bill passed by the Washington, D.C. City Council that prohibits employers from drug testing an employee before a conditional job offer has been extended. Once hired, the job candidate, now new employee, must adhere to the employer’s substance abuse policy. Drug testing programs aim to filter out drug users and deter drug use in the workplace. Compared to the costs and risks that hiring a drug user can introduce to the workplace, the costs associated with a drug testing program are rather minimal.

Compliance
Employers with a workforce in multiple states are challenged to comply with marijuana laws that differ from state to state. A standard, comprehensive substance abuse policy that complies with relevant federal and state laws is critical. Always consult an attorney because this can be complex when employee protections vary by state. Marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I drug under federal law, a fact that all drug free workplace policies share regardless of the individual state.

What Employers Can Do
In conclusion, the whitepaper authors suggest that employers should stay informed about fluctuating marijuana state legislation as well as the varying forms of marijuana in products like edibles, teas and tonics. Take action by joining local or state anti-drug groups and coalitions, participate in marijuana-prevention activities and monitor the latest marijuana news and resources. Experts also encourage employers to challenge the notion that marijuana is safe or a medicine, both of which are misguided myths.

Download the What Will Legal Marijuana Cost Employers whitepaper.

Captain’s License Drug Test Is Important If You Want to Renew

According to Maritime Professional Training there are many reasons why you would want to get or renew a Captain’s License:

  • To work as a paid captain or mate
  • To use your boat for charter
  • To learn or refresh your skills in navigation, chart plotting, rules of the road, safety & regulations, buoyage systems, basic weather, basic stability, and much more!
  • To earn a credential that shows your experience and may even reduce insurance costs
  • To improve your resume if you want to get a job on a bigger boat

(https://www.mptusa.com/captains-license.cfm)

One of the requirements of getting or renewing the license is to have a drug screen. Fortunately Medical Express offers Captain’s License Drug Testing, Boat License Drug Testing, and Coast Guard Drug Testing. We only use certified Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review your results and SAMHSA accredited labs. Medical Express also completes the required paperwork then delivers your results securely within days of drug tests being completed.

Get more information or order your test.

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know

The following article from The Federal Trade Commission website answers many questions employers may have when requesting backgrounds for employment purposes:

Background Checks: What Employers Need to Know [PDF]

A joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission

When making personnel decisions — including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment — employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees. For example, some employers might try to find out about the person’s work history, education, criminal record, financial history, medical history, or use of social media. Except for certain restrictions related to medical and genetic information (see below), it’s not illegal for an employer to ask questions about an applicant’s or employee’s background, or to require a background check.

Click below link to continue reading this article: http://business.ftc.gov/documents/0487-background-checks-what-employers-need-know

Check out this interesting article from The Washington Post:

100 Americans die of drug overdoses each day. How do we stop that?

The rise of fatal overdoses over the last 15 years is startling. In 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 38,329 fatal drug overdoses in the United States, more than double the 16,849 fatal overdoses observed in 1999.

Overdosing  is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, accounting for more deaths than traffic fatalities or gun homicides and suicides. Fatal overdoses from opiate medications such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have quadrupled since 1999, accounting for an estimated 16,651 deaths in 2010.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/02/07/100-americans-die-of-drug-overdoses-each-day-how-do-we-stop-that/

Flu Shots Offered On-Site or at Your Location

Medical Express Corp. recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a yearly flu shot. Don’t wait to get your flu shot because it takes about 2 weeks for antibodies to develop in the body. If you contract the flu, it can cause mild to severe illness. Learn more about this year’s flu season.

If you are in the Jacksonville, FL area, we come to your office to administer flu shots. Contact us for more information at 800-835-7738. Aside from on-site drug testing, we also offer flu shots in our office on a walk-in basis daily Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 3:45 pm.

Cost $25.00.

National Registry Of Certified Medical Examiners

Congratulations to our Doctor, Donald Freedman, MD!  He is now a registered medical examiner on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.  After May 21, 2014 only physicians listed on the National Registry are able to perform and sign off on DOT physicals.

Contact us for pricing and appointment times.

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