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Substance Abuse Disorder Rises During Crises. Are Employers Ready?

Historically, substance abuse increases when things are bad in the world, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. After 9/11, the National Institutes of Health reported that with the stress of the times, people often resort to substance use (or relapse) to cope. From a recent Medscape Article: After Hurricane Katrina , substance abuse disorders in New Orleans [...]

Is a drug test a medical exam?

Seems like it might be. But it’s not. A workplace drug test is a toxicology test, whereas a medical test is a clinical test. In fact, these tests are conducted in different facilities on different equipment. Labs like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp conduct clinical tests and toxicology tests in totally different cities.  Chain of custody [...]

By |January 27th, 2020|Blog, Drug FAQ, Drugs|Comments Off on Is a drug test a medical exam?

Why Are My Drug Test Results Taking So Long?

As good as we are at responding to our clients' requests, there are some things you cannot rush. The majority of negative test results are delivered within 24-48 hours of collection. Here is how positive drug test results work. If a drug tests positive on the initial screening test, then the lab performs a more [...]

5 Truths about Medical Marijuana and Drug Testing That Everyone Needs To Know

A week ago medical marijuana became available in Illinois. Frankly, I don't really care if adults choose to smoke pot. I also don't care if they choose to shoot staples into their thighs or drink gasoline. As long as it doesn't harm me, my family or my business, it's really none of my business. That's a [...]

Time is money (and aggravation) in drug testing.

“We just want to get the testing done so we can put people to work,” a frustrated HR manager recently told me. “How long does your lab take?” That’s really what it’s about, isn’t it? When a critical process is the bottleneck, it’s aggravating. Particularly when a business has high turnover, or a rush of [...]

DOT Rapid Urine Tests? Really?

Last week I went into stealth mode and called some local “competitors,” pretending to be looking for information about drug testing programs. It was more “enlightening” than I had imagined! I was told by two occupational health clinics that claim to do DOT and non-DOT drug and alcohol testing, that it is perfectly acceptable to [...]