Tue, December 17th, 2013 - 2:04 pm - By Gordon Basichis
For those employers who conduct drug tests as part of their employment screening programs, you should take note of this article. Drug Testing for some companies is mandatory and often an effective background check in helping to determine substance abuse issues or possible hazards in the workplace.
According to International Business Times…”Quest data shows that US employees testing positive for drugs has dropped sharply since 1988 after reviewing more than 125 million urine drug tests administered from 1988 to last year.
Overall, 3.5% of samples came back positive last year compared with 13.6% in 1988.
However, positive tests for prescription painkillers Vicodin and OxyContin rose 172% and 71%, respectively, from 2005 to last year.
Quest also found that positive tests for other prescription drugs, such as Adderall, more than doubled between 2002 and 2012.
“Even when used under prescription, these drugs can have an impact on workplace safety,” said Dr. Barry Sample, director of drug-testing technology for Quest in the report.”
Corra Group is partnered with Quest Diagnostics as part of our drug screening service to clients.