News Archive


AlcoPro Closed to Observe Thanksgiving


AlcoPro will be closed November 26th and 27th to observe Thanksgiving.
New Drug 15 Times More Potent Than Heroin


A new and powerful drug that is 15 times stronger than heroin has made its way onto streets and resulted in a...
Xanax Emergency Room Visits Doubled


The number of emergency department visits involving non-medical use of the sedative alprazolam doubled from 57,419 to 124,902 during the years 2005 to 2010, and then...
Cocaine use in Britain so high it has contaminated drinking water, report shows


Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply....
Alcohol-related deaths hit 3.3 million in 2012


About 3.3 million people worldwide died from causes related to drinking alcohol in 2012...
National Take-Back Day


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, to be held on ...
Ecstasy Deaths On The Rise


Hospital emergency department visits related to the dangerous hallucinogenic drug Ecstasy, sometimes known as “Molly,” increased 128 percent between 2005 and 2011...
Certified Medical Examiner:


We've been getting calls asking about the requirement for physicians who perform DOT physicals to be trained and registered. We asked our colleague, Clinton (Marc) Smith, DC, to write an article explaining the ins and outs of the Medical Examiner program. Dr. Smith has been involved with this new program since its inception eight years ago, and is our go-to person for understanding the details of this program...
Obamacare and Prisoner Substance Abuse Treatment


An astonishing two-thirds of the 730,000 prisoners released each year have substance abuse or mental health problems. But no one has been willing to pay for their treatment—until now...
PCP Makes A Roaring Comeback


The return of angel dust? Emergency Rooms see a large spike in PCP...
Third Hand Smoke: The Silent Killer


Ever take a whiff of a smoker's hair and feel faint from the pungent scent of cigarette smoke? Or perhaps you have stepped into an elevator...
FDA recommends tightening access to pain-killers


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter restrictions on products that contain hydrocodone...
Nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers may raise the risk of turning to heroin use


A new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that people aged 12 to 49 who had used prescription pain relievers nonmedically were 19 times more likely to...
Study: Companies Pay Almost $6,000 Extra Per Year for Each Employee Who Smokes


A new study suggests that U.S. businesses pay almost $6,000 per year extra for each employee who smokes compared to the cost to employ a person who has never smoked cigarettes...
NTSB recommends lowering legal limit to 0.05 BAC


The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend to states that they lower the blood-alcohol content that constitutes drunken driving. Currently, all 50 states have set a BAC level of .08...
DEA's National Take-Back Day


The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m...
Judge throws out EEOC case over alcohol tests at U.S. Steel


A federal judge in Pittsburgh has delivered a rebuke to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, throwing out a case the commission brought against U.S. Steel Corp over random alcohol testing for new employees...
Prescription drug misuse remains a top public health concern


Prescription drug misuse is second only to marijuana as the nation’s most prevalent illicit drug problem, with approximately 22 million persons...
Court Questions Forced Blood Tests in Drunk Driving Cases


The U.S. Supreme Court considered requiring police to get a search warrant before forcing drunken driving suspects to have blood drawn...
Sharp Rise in Buprenorphine-Related Emergency Department Visits from 2005 to 2010


Hospital emergency department visits linked to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid addiction, increased substantially – from 3,161 visits in 2005 to 30,135 visits in 2010 with 52 percent (15, 778) in 2010 involving non-medical use – according to a new report...
AlcoPro 2012 New Year's Holiday Shipping Schedule


AlcoPro will observe the New Year's holiday schedule January,1 2012. On-line orders placed during the holiday will be processed on Wednesday, January 2, 2012. Please read the following for information on UPS Air and Ground delivery during the New Year's holiday...
DOT Kicks Off Nationwide Crackdown on Drunk Driving


The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today joined with local law enforcement officers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the National Center for DWI Courts to mark the official start of its annual anti-drunk driving campaign: "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” The nationwide crackdown comes as...
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over


Impaired driving is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico have established a threshold...
Operation Dry Water 2012


Last weekend the US Coast Guard and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) launched Operation Dry Water, an annual campaign focused on...
Scientists Find Yet Another Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer


Alcohol use and abuse is common among teenage girls. This has short- and long-term health effects as well as numerous consequences of alcohol-enhanced risk taking behavior. Alcohol is a known risk factor for breast cancer and ...
Prescription Drug Misuse Report


A recent "Health Trends Report" released Wednesday found that more than 3-in-5 patients (63%) misused their prescription drugs....
Some Teens May Be Wired to Try Drugs


Researchers found different brain networks involved in self-control ...
Introducing AlcoPro's New Website


Explore the new tools, features, and content in our newly revised website...
Drug Test Changes Coming...


On January 26, 2012 SAMHSA approved recommendations to 1) allow oral fluid testing and 2) expand the panel of drugs to include Schedule II prescription medications such as oxycodone...
DOT Identifies Specimen Collection Errors


In a discussion with DATIA staff earlier this week Department of Transportation (DOT) officials
Introducing New Training Website


To better serve our training customers AlcoPro has launched a new website devoted 100% to our training services.
Updated Collector DVD and Training Materials


We recently revised our Collector Instructor training materials to reflect the new regulations regarding
On-Site BAT and Collector Training


Many customers are surprised to learn that most of the BAT and Collector training we provide is
Drug-Free Work Week Oct. 19 - 24, 2009


October 19 - 24, 2009 is Drug-Free Work Week promoted by the U.S. Dept. of Labor. Drug-Free Work Week is a public awareness campaign to encourage workplace safety and to encourage companies to create drug-free workplaces.