Why screen for drugs? Depending on the type of job, the use of illicit drugs can hider or impair job performance. It can also endanger the employee and other employees who work with them. Drug use can cause major impairment and make it difficult to perform job related tasks, especially job where the operation of heavy machinery is involved. It can cause workplace concentration, lack of judgement, and could put the employer at risk. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, drug abuse costs employers approximately $81 billion each year.
Employers have the right to administer random drug testing on a regular basis. They may also request a drug screen within a short window so the applicant cannot cheat the test. One of the most commonly asked question is if you can beat a drug test. How long a drug remains in your body depends on many factors, including: metabolism, drug concentration or dosage, drug type, type of drug test, how often drug was taken, and the sensitivity of the test that is being used. It also depends on which type of specimen is used: blood, urine, nails, hair, or saliva.
Nail clippings and hair can return results for drugs that have been used anywhere form 30 days up to a 6 month period. In urine they may be detected from a week up to 10 days. Saliva and blood offers information on drugs that have been used immediately, especially if the employee or applicant is impaired at the time the test in administered.
The most common type of drug testing is pre-employment. Employers use it to protect themselves from negative impacts of hiring people who use drugs. Most employers are not required to administer a test, unless they are federally-regulated. This includes: bus, taxi, and truck drivers, airplane pilots, railroad employees. The only method that has been approved for federally-mandated testing is urine testing. This allows them to have a consistent testing program for both regulated and non-regulated employees. It is also the most cost effective.
We can analyze controlled substances, alcohol and synthetic drugs in the blood.