Drug Testing: Increase In Demand And
national statistics 70 percent of drug abusers hold jobs, roughly 9.4
million Americans; drug testing has become an increasingly important
Institute on Drug Addiction said drug users in the workplace tend to be
less productive, absent more and cause accidents at the workplace
– often resulting in workers’ compensation claims.
Employees indulging in drug use are costing businesses $81 billion a
year in lost productivity; and the American Council on Drug Education
are 10 times more likely to miss work than those who are clean and
times more likely to be involved in on-the-job accidents;
times more likely to file a workman’s compensation claim;
percent less productive; and
for 40 percent of industrial fatalities.
an online company providing testing and screening services for
workplaces, reported a 22 percent increase in March 2010’s
pre-employment drug testing requests compared to March
first double-digit increase we’ve seen in more than 18
Perhaps it means that companies are once again looking to hire more
people. The increase has been across different industries and not
necessarily limited to construction or retail industries that usually
creates seasonal employment activities," said Serhat Pala, president of
an increase in requests for testing services, the services are changing
and coming to the workplace.
suspicion over the credibility of a suspected drug user employee, Joe
Strom founded USA Mobile Drug Testing, a franchise that sends a
credentialed drug tester to the workplace to collect and test the
worker’s urine tests positive on the spot, the sample is
and sent to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA) certified laboratory and results are sent to a
doctor, called a Medical Review Officer (MRO)," said Strom.
doctor concludes the sample is either negative or positive due to
illegal use, and after apersonal phone conversation with the employee,
the employer is notified," he continued.
began the entrepreneurship after the 2007 U.S. Government
Accountability Office found, through an undercover investigation of 24
Department of Transportation drug testing venues, that there were
vulnerabilities in the process of drug testing in favor of the
drug user could send someone to take a drug test in his or her place
using a fake ID.
24 sites did not sufficiently follow protocol: 75 percent of the urine
collection sites failed to restrict access to items that could be used
to adulterate or dilute the specimen – hand solvents that
the bathroom at the same time as collection.
investigators used drug masking products and they all went undetected
by the drug screening labs.
operators are trained to become drug-free consultants in the workplace,
they train supervisors how to spot drug and alcohol signs and symptoms
at work ... Companies also get lower workman’s comp rates for
providing random, accurate drug testing," said Strom.
American Council for Drug Education, 50 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201;
(718) 222-6641, www.acde.org.
Global Business Support Systems Inc., DBA TestCountry, 6310 Nancy Ridge
Dr., Suite 103, San Diego, CA 92121; (858) 784-6904, www.testcountry.com.
USA Mobile Drug Testing LLC, 735 Arlington Ave. N., Suite 310, St.
Petersburg, FL 33701; (800) 851-2021, www.usamobiledrugtesting.com.