Keeping your workplace drug-free and your employees healthy and productive should be very high on your priority list, but many employers may not know about the available resources they should invest in to make their drug-free workplace a reality.
Keeping your workplace drug-free and your employees healthy and productive should be very high on your priority list, but many employers may not know about the available workplace testing resources they should invest in to make their drug-free workplace a reality.
Though it’s impossible to always know and trust your team is drug-free, you can enforce a strict drug testing policy, especially if your company falls under the Department of Transportation (DOT) jurisdiction or offers safety-sensitive positions. This way you can keep your employees honest and motivated to stay clean. (Learn more with 8 Things Employers Should Know About DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing.)
According to ARCpoint Labs, another benefit of enforcing drug testing is that most states give a discount on their workers’ compensation insurance. With a drug-free workplace, your team can save money by preventing accidents often caused by impairment. (Learn how to help your employees with 8 Steps To Reduce Workers' Compensation Costs.)
On the flipside, research by the US Department of Justice discovered that workplaces that don’t mandate standard drug testing policies lose $140 billion annually due to substance abuse costs.
And as far as drug-use in the workplace goes, a 2017 QuestDiagnostics study states cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine-use in the US workforce reached its highest rate in 12 years, with marijuana positivity showing a significant increase during a three-year span.
So people are definitely using illicit drugs while employed, but how can you test accurately to make sure your own team remains drug-free?
Personal Hair Drug Testing Kits
Hair follicle drug testing kits are accurate, cheat-proof and can detect any illicit drug use during a several-month time period. Employees or prospective employees conducting a pre-screen, only need a small amount of hair whereas some labs will need 2-3 times more. Plus, the hair used is cleansed to remove any external contaminants, while some other labs don’t perform this very important step. (Learn more about hair drug testing with Everything You Need to Know about Hair Drug Testing.)
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Multi-Drug Urine Dip Cards
These dip cards provide a quick and easy way to test fresh urine samples, and quite often feature a built-in timer so you can get accurate results within minutes. (What is the difference between oral fluid and urine drug testing?)
Urine Drug Testing Cups with Built-In Temperature and Test Strip Readings
These make the testing process simple as the employer only needs to collect the urine sample from the employee, peel the sticker and read the results. There’s usually a built-in timer with these testing cups too so you can be confident in the results. Some even have a temperature strip that will tell you if the urine is fresh.
Drug Test Adulteration Prevention Bluing Tablets
So you may be wondering about test cheating. Well, these tablets are the first step in making sure your urine tests go unaltered and you’re getting the accuracy you need. They work by simply placing the tablets into the toilet bowl so any dishonest employees can’t use that water to alter their test. Of course, desperate employees can still alter their test in different ways, this is at least one type of defence an employer can use.
Drug Adulteration Test Strips
To make sure your tests are completely legit, drug adulteration test strips will determine if the provided urine sample has been tampered with by testing for commercially-used adulterants and will detect some urinary characteristics, like the pH level, plus they can trace oxidants/PCC, specific gravity, nitrite, glutaraldehyde and creatinine levels, all of which are often used to cheat the drug test.
Psychemedics PDT90 At Home Hair Follical Drug Lab Test
The PDT90 drug test uses strands of hair and will detect use approximately 3 months back. The 12 drugs of abuse groups analyzed by the hair test include: cocaine, opiates (heroin, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and codeine), phencyclidine (PCP), amphetamines (including methamphetamine, amphetamine, MDMA Ecstasy, MDEA Eve, and MDA) and marijuana. These groups encompass some of the most abused prescription drugs such as oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet, Percodan, Roxicodone), hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab) and hydromorphone (Dilaudid).
QuickScreen 10 Panel Urine Drug Test Cup 9298Z
The QuickScreen 10 Panel Drug test is a fast, easy to use and easy to read drug test made in the USA that has no moving parts, requires no extra steps to acquire results, has a built in timer that will tell you when the result is ready to be read, is FDA cleared and has a temperature strip that will tell you if the urine is fresh.
QuickScreen 12 Panel Urine Drug Test Cup 9308ZNA
The QuickScreen 12 Panel Drug test is fast, easy to use and easy to read drug test made in the USA that has no moving parts, requires on extra steps to acquire results, has a built in timer that will tell you when the result is ready to read, is FDA cleared, and comes with several helpful features you might need - a temperature strip that will tell you if the urine is fresh, and an adulteration strip that will tell you if the urine is diluted. Thanks to the thick cup with a screw-on lid, you will have zero exposure to the urine when you conduct the actual test.
Easy@Home 5 Panel Drug Test Cup ECDOA-254
Easy@Home ECDOA-254 is the most widely used 5 panel urine drug test cup kit trusted by professionals and home-use users for comprehensive instant drug screening. It detects 5 popular drugs according to the FDA recommended cut-off levels. Substances tested: Marijuana (THC)，Amphetamine (AMP),Cocaine (COC), Methamphetamine (MET), Opiate (OPI 2000)
Confirm BioSciences Smart Choice 5 Panel Drug Test Kit
The 5 panel instant home drug test kit is easy to use and provides fast and accurate results. The kit provides a private and confidential solution to current and potential employees.
Confirm BioSciences Sterile Urine Specimen Collection Cups with Temperature Strip and Lid, 90ml (27 Pack)
27 urinalysis specimen collection cups used to easily store urine. Features 90 ml urine sample capacity with incremental measurement lines, plus a temperature strip is included to validate fresh urine preventing adulteration.
EZ Level 12 Panel Instant Urine Drug Test Multi-Drug Testing Kit Screen Dip Card (25 Pack)
Test for 12 different drugs: Marijuana (THC), Cocaine (COC), Opiate (OPI), Methamphetamine (MET), Oxycodone (OXY), Amphetamine (AMP), Barbiturates (BAR), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Methadone (MTD), Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), Phencyclidine (PCP), Propoxyphene (PPX).
Rapid Exam iScreen One Step 10 Panel Dip Card Urine Drug Test Kit (IS10 - Box of 25)
Drug Test Detects: Cocaine (COC), Marijuana / Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Opiates (OPI), Amphetamine (AMP), MethAmphetamine (mAMP / MET), Phencyclidine (PCP), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Barbiturates (BAR), Methadone (MTD), Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCA). Reliable, fast, and cost-effective, this one-step new drug test kit is ideal for work place pre-employment, corrections, clinical or hospital use. Its dip-card style makes employee drug testing fast and easy.
Kahntact USA Instant Bluing Tablets - Drug Test Adulteration Prevention (100/bottle)
These are highly concentrated bluing tablets. Most attempts at beating a drug test are done during the collection process. These bluing tablets will instantly turn water blue and are a cheap and effective way to deter any cheating during a drug test. For faster results, the collector can crumble the tablets (while using gloves) in the water source. 100 tablets per bottle.
Rapid Exams Adulteration Test Strips (25-Pack)
Drug Adulteration Strips are a fast dip-and-read test for the determination of diluted or adulterated urine specimens. They are an important pre-screening test for any testing program. The one step dip and read specimen validity test semi-quantitatively analyzes a urine specimen for 7 parameters on six reactive pads in one easy step.