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Changes Coming To DHHS Drug Testing

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced that the agency has accepted the recommendations of the Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB) to revise the DHHS Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs in the following two areas:

1. Expand the drug testing panel to include additional Schedule II prescription medications (e.g. hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone) prescription painkiller opioid drugs, and;

2. Include oral fluid as an alternative specimen for Federal Drug Free Workplace Programs (DFWP) testing.
This is certainly great news to help support workplace drug testing programs as it provides more tools for employers to detect drugs of abuse. The Department of Transportation (DOT) will now be tasked with making a rulemaking change to finalize this rollout. Understand that there will be continued deliberation, debate and also comment before these changes are put into place. It could take several months before this will actually affect federal drug testing programs.

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