Pros and Cons of Various Drug Testing Specimens

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What is the preferred specimen (urine, saliva, hair) for use in a workplace drug testing program? Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer. The choice depends on a variety of factors including: federal regulations, a company’s level of risk tolerance, desired detection length, costs, and the type of testing required – (pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident […]

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5 Memorable Excuses for Failing a Drug Test

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“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” –Don Wilder For many employers, one of the most common steps in the process of hiring a candidate is conducting a drug screening. HireRight’s 2015 Annual Employment Screening Benchmarking Report states that two-thirds of companies that responded to our survey perform drug screening, the […]

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Six Ways to Beat a Drug Test: A Cautionary Tale

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Google “how to beat a drug test” and you’ll get a ton of hits. And if you’re in HR or a hiring manager, you know that’s exactly what a certain percentage of your applicants will do. But beating a drug test isn’t as easy as it once was because of today’s advanced drug screening technologies and […]

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Four Common Myths about Drug Testing

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When it comes to employment drug testing, there are several common misunderstandings and misconceptions, both for companies and individuals. Here we will examine some of the most prevalent myths. Illicit drug use doesn’t impact work safety Studies show that drug use directly contributes to an unsafe work environment. Alcohol and drugs are responsible for one […]

Six Steps for Effective Drug Screening

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With new and changing legislation legalizing certain drug use under a variety of conditions, employers are facing new complexities and questions related to building and maintaining an effective workplace drug testing program. Drug screening is an integral part of a comprehensive background check program and helps organizations improve workforce quality and safety, reduce worker’s compensation […]

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Increase in Positive Drug Tests for the First Time in 10 Years

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Drug test positivity rates increased in the workforce for the first time in 10 years, substantially due to a rise in marijuana and amphetamine-related positive results, according to a recent study by Quest Diagnostics. After years of declining rates, this increase poses a real concern for employers tasked with maintaining a drug-free workplace. These results […]