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Current State of Workplace Drug Testing – ESR NEWS

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Written by Todd Shoulberg | President, ClearStar Medical Information Services | For The Public Record

This information is provided for educational purposes only. Reader retains full responsibility for the use of the information contained herein.

The United States is in a constant state of development regarding the legalities surrounding marijuana use. Not only are states legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, but in some cases, they are also making it more ch…….

Written by Todd Shoulberg | President, ClearStar Medical Information Services | For The Public Record

This information is provided for educational purposes only. Reader retains full responsibility for the use of the information contained herein.

The United States is in a constant state of development regarding the legalities surrounding marijuana use. Not only are states legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, but in some cases, they are also making it more challenging to test for marijuana.

In July 2021, ClearStar hosted a webinar focused on the most compelling reasons why employers should continue testing for marijuana. After all, testing for marijuana remains legal in all 50 states though some conditions may apply depending on the state. It is important for employers to realize that marijuana use is up, positive test results have increased, especially in states that have legalized the recreational use of pot, and marijuana-related traffic accidents and fatalities have also increased.

ClearStar, a leading provider of employee screening services, including drug testing, is uniquely qualified to keep you up to date on all the new developments surrounding drug testing and marijuana laws in the United States.

Here are some of the significant developments over the past few months since our last update in July, as well as how we are prepared to keep you in the know as new developments arise.

Clearinghouse Report Updates

On September 28th, 2019, the new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse began recording positive drug and alcohol tests within the commercial driving industry. Since the Clearinghouse regulations went into effect, there has been a significant increase in the number of positive test results, especially for marijuana. On June 1, 2021, ClearStar provided the following summary:

“As of June 1, 2021, the total number of CDL holders registered with Clearinghouse is 2,051,946 drivers. From January to December 2020, there were 54,706 drug violations and 1,185 alcohol violations reported to Clearinghouse, including positive drug tests, drug test refusals, and actual knowledge of a drug violation. However, within the first three months of 2021, 14,324 drug violations and 367 alcohol violations were reported. At that rate, there will be more violations during 2021 than in 2020.

“From January 6, 2020, to January 6, 2021, of the total positive drug tests (80,098), half involved marijuana metabolites (42,534). The second most recorded drug detected was cocaine metabolite (11,297).”

ClearStar’s report also explained the reason for the increase in positive drug tests: “Although marijuana is a Schedule I drug at the federal level, medical marijuana use is legal in 37 states, and recreational marijuana is legal in 18 states and Washington D.C. With the rising increase of legalized and decriminalized marijuana, the general use has also increased, along with the rise in positive drug tests in commercial drivers.”

ClearStar not only wants to keep you updated on Clearinghouse reports and trends in positive marijuana tests, but we also want to keep you informed on why there is an increase in usage and how it could negatively impact your business.

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