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Drug Screening 101

by | Apr 15, 2018 | Drug Screening

The drug testing process is a well recognized part interview process across a variety of industries, volunteer groups, and other business, and non-business entities. For most companies it is a fair way to safeguard that your employee(s) will not become less productive, or cause accidents due to the effects of drug use on the job. While most of us have heard of the benefits of drug testing, there may be others who have questions about the benefits of pre-employment drug screening.

The importance of Pre-Employment Drug Screening

As an employer you strive to maintain a safe working environment for your employees, your customers, or your clients; and part of that is ensuring that those same employees are not under any influences that may cause harm to themselves or others. In heavy equipment use scenarios there is a high risk to the employees health, as well as the health of others. Companies can assess their potential annual costs regarding abuse accidents by using the Alcohol Cost Calculator.  And based on research presented by the Chicago Tribune, using http://www.alcoholcostcalculator.org/business/, they tell us, “At a Chicago health care company with 1,000 employees, costs of substance abuse among workers could exceed $227,000, according to the calculator, which combines government data on industry- and state-specific drug use and employment costs.” So, we see here a clear example that a company who is not doing what they can to ensure their employee is in a safe frame of mind at all times during the work day, is taking a great risk that could cause harm to their property, employee(s), and most certainly, their bottom line.

What drugs are tested in the Pre-Employment Drug Screening

The two most common types of drug screenings are the 5-panel and the 10-panel drug tests. The first test (5-Panel) will run analysis for the following: cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, opiates, PCP, and marijuana. These are considered the most common types of illicit drugs. The second (10-Panel) searches has a higher level of analysis and looks for: cocaine, amphetamines, methamphetamines, opiates, PCP, marijuana, propoxyphene, methadone, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. The 10-Panel looks for a broader range that can include prescription drugs like Xanax, Valium, Rohypnol, Ativan, and some weightless medication.

So…what types of drug tests are there?

In 2018 there are many ways that we can find the right testing for your company, or cause. We can fine tune our testing to give results that fit your time frame. For example, if we want to test on a range of a week to ten days, then we can use a commonly heard of urine test to obtain results that will assist our decision making. But if we want to go even further our there, we can scan the previous thirty days to six months using a simple hair follicle test can give us results if this is our time frame. There is even a more immediate option of a blood test, which is usually chosen if an applicant appears to be impaired during the interview process.

If you are in need of a consistent, continuous, and accurate monitoring solution where alcohol abuse is concerned, then we would be happy to further discuss our SCRAM CAM solutions with you. Contact us today for a customized plan that meets your unique goals.

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