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The Relationship Between Stress and Communication

  Stress is a common part of everyone’s life. Simply put, it is how our body reacts to something that is currently happening or has happened to us in the past. This reaction can cause physical and/or mental strain. Communication Stress can easily manifest itself through communication. When someone is stressed, they may become frustrated … Read More

Continuing the COVID-19 Conversation with Children

Continuing the conversation with your children regarding COVID-19 can seem confusing and stressful at times.  With as much fear and anxiety as adults feel, remember that children have their own concerns that they need help processing. With mindful, age appropriate conversations and positive behaviors, some of the fear and anxiety your children feel can be … Read More

Improving Mental Health with Healthy Relationships

As social creatures, we depend on contact with others to survive. Our self-awareness drives us to connect with others and form caring relationships. This desire isn’t limited to romantic relationships, but also includes our relationships with friends, family and colleagues. Since we spend the majority of our time around others, its important to maintain positive … Read More

The Interplay Between Health & Financial Wellness

Believe it or not, financial stress can have an impact on your physical health. The connection between the two can have a larger effect than you might think. While we’ve all faced stress in various aspects of our lives, financial stress can often be chronic. Connection of Physical & Financial Stress Financial stress is an … Read More

Why is Mental Health Important?

Why is Mental Health Important?

What is mental health? Mental health includes your emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how you think, feel and act as you cope with life. It also helps determine how you handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. … Read More

Understanding Gratitude

Gratitude is a positive emotion that occurs when you understand and acknowledge that the positive experiences you have in life, small or large, are not owed to you but are gifts. It is the opposite of taking things for granted. The experience of this emotion on a regular basis has been shown to have very … Read More

Battling Stress and Depression During the Holidays

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — shopping, cleaning and baking, to name just a few. Add to that the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have drastically changed any holidays plans. With some practical tips, you can minimize the … Read More

Cocaine overdose deaths climb in the US

While opioids and marijuana consistently grab headlines, cocaine use and overdoses continue to climb. After a period of stability between 2009 to 2013, cocaine-induced deaths rose by 27% per year, on average, from 2013 through 2018, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths nearly … Read More

Guidance: Revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form

The DOT has published the following important notice: DOT GUIDANCE ON THE REVISED FEDERAL DRUG TESTING CUSTODY AND CONTROL FORM August 31, 2020 AGENCY: U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) ACTION: Changes to the revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form SUMMARY: This guidance document discusses changes to the revised Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control … Read More

FMCSA Expands Guidance on Random Testing Compliance for CY2020

July 7, 2020 FMCSA has published the following important notice: NOTICE OF ENFORCEMENT DISCRETION DETERMINATION: RANDOM CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE AND ALCOHOL TESTING July 6, 2020 AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Expands Guidance on Random Testing Compliance for CY 2020 SUMMARY: FMCSA issued guidance to employers regarding 49 CFR Part 382, random drug … Read More

FMCSA Pre-Employment Testing Notice

FMCSA has published the following important notice: Three-Month Waiver in Response to the Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency—To Relieve Employers of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Subject to 49 CFR Part 382 from Certain Pre-Employment Testing Requirements June 5, 2020 AGENCY:  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION:  Grant of waiver. SUMMARY:  FMCSA grants … Read More

Authorities Warn of New Street Drugs

Authorities Warn of New Street Drugs

Three new street drugs are appearing in communities across the U.S. and authorities are alerting the public. Crack Cocaine & Meth In Rio Grande, the Police Department is warning about a street drug cocktail, which is a mix of crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Dealers are selling it as regular crack cocaine, which carries a low … Read More