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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Employers Concerned About Shift in U.S. Drug Use Rates

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While the share of workers who test positive for illegal drug use has dropped significantly since 1998, the rate of workers testing positive for prescription drugs has skyrocketed. Quest Diagnostics, a leading drug testing laboratory network, reviewed more than 125 million urine tests administered since 1988. Seventy-five percent of drug tests were conducted for pre-employment […]

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Recent FMCSA Guidelines Clarification May Surprise Many Operators

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At a recent Federal Transportation Administration (FTA) annual drug and alcohol screening conference, Jim Keenan,an industry expert and former program administrator for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provided an interesting interpretation of the current rules of the FMCSA as they pertain to the use of prescription drugs by drivers. Currently, many FMCSA-regulated organizations […]