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What are the benefits of performing drug testing?
Employers ensure employee safety and reduce their liability against an unsafe work environment and poor work performance. Other benefits include improved morale, reduced time to fill open positions and lower levels of absenteeism, turn over, and theft. Lastly, some employers receive a worker’s compensation tax credit when implementing a drug free workplace.
What should a company consider when employing drug testing?
A drug free workplace can consist of pre-employment screening, random drug testing, reasonable suspicion drug testing or other tests as determined by regulation or the employer. Employers can request a variety of drug screens methods within a short window.
What does drug testing evaluate?
Drug Tests may evaluate cocaine, amphetamine/methamphetamine, opiates (heroin, codeine, morphine), phencyclidine (PCP), barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and marijuana (THC). Many prescription pain drugs such as xanax, valium, ativan as well as some weight loss drugs are detected as a result of a drug screen as well.
How long does it take to receive drug screening results?
Drug screening results can expect to be shared with the Employer in as little as 24 hours to 7 days depending on whether the test is negative and positive. Some tests may require follow up from the Medical Review Officer (MRO) or additional confirmation at the screening level. With an electronic drug screening process, employer forms and paperwork are available online. The results can also be obtained faster, virtually eliminating the long, nerve-wracking wait for results for the applicant.
How accurate is drug testing?
Drugs can be detected from as early as immediate use to as late as 6 months prior.