For Many Businesses, Regular Employee Drug Testing is Important

It is a fact that some 22 million Americans over the age of 12 use illegal drugs: that equates to about 9% of the total population. What that means is that if you employee about 200 people and you don’t undertake any form of drug testing, about 20 of your employees are using drugs. It could be a little more, or it might be a bit less, but that is the ball park figure.

Employee Drug Testing

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The most commonly used drug is marijuana with around 17 million users. However, part of the ever-growing problem is that figure doesn’t mean that marijuana is the only drug that they take. In the same way that a beer drinker may also drink wines and spirits, many of these marijuana users also take a selection of other drugs such as cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens such as LSD, and inhalants.

In some industries it is vital that employees are completely drug-free. Airline pilots spring to mind, as do public transport drivers, health professionals, and many, many more industries. Many businesses face regulatory requirements to conduct employee drug tests; others do it as a matter of self-protection. Even if your business is not included in that long list – for example, you run a library – all sorts of employee accidents can occur as a direct result of drug use which can cause major problems.

Downtime And Loss Of Production: Impacts of Employee Drug Use

Let’s say you are in engineering. An employee accident on the factory floor can lead to downtime and in some cases complete loss of production. This is why our employee drug testing service is of such vital importance to business owners who don’t want their non-drug-using employees affected by a small proportion of workers who do.

By using our employee drug testing service you are protecting the health of the majority of your employees. We provide hair, saliva, and urine testing at over 1,000 patient service centers across the US. If you have a current BPI site for employee drug testing, we can maintain that.

Our employee drug testing service can be used for all pre-employment screenings, for random screenings, and for use in cases where there has been some form of accident in the workplace. You will usually receive negative results in 24 – 48 hours, while any positive results will be notified within 48 – 72 hours of receipt from the laboratory. We undertake testing for all types of illegal drugs, whether the most used such as marijuana, methamphetamine, and LSD, to cocaine and heroin. All results are reviewed by a board-certified Medical Review Officer.

By using our employee drug testing service on a regular, but random, basis, you will be doing everything possible to reduce workplace accidents and to maintain the health of the vast majority of employees who do not indulge.


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