Opiate Addiction in the Workplace

Opiate Addiction in the Workplace

Emergency room deaths by opiate overdose have now surpassed overdoses from cocaine or methamphetamine, combined. This is really saying something, in 2015, two-thirds of the 33,000 drug overdose death toll was opiate-related.  Continue reading “Opiate Addiction in the Workplace” »

Instant Drug Tests: Not as Handy as They Seem

As an employer, you likely seek out solutions that combine time and cost-efficiency, plus convenience. It’s also key to make sure that all of your internal processes follow applicable laws — especially when it comes to your workplace drug testing.

If you have a drug testing program in place, you’ve probably heard of instant drug tests that seem ideal for pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and random drug testing. But did you know that instant tests actually run the risk of weeding out people who are not abusing drugs?

At Test Smartly Labs, we advocate the use of instant drug tests as screening tools to be used in conjunction with further testing when necessary. Here’s why we see instant drug tests as instant drug screens.

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Consider Testing Fingernails When You Screen Your Employees

Have you ever thought about your employees’ fingernails? Not to see if they need a manicure, but to see if they’ve been doing anything illegal. Fingernail drug testing is actually one of the most accurate ways to run a drug test on employees. While many of our clients stick with the traditional urine or hair drug testing, fingernail testing is gaining traction.

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Top 4 Stressors That Can Lead to Employee Alcohol & Drug Abuse

Many people begin using drugs and alcohol during times of stress, even if they don’t realize it. Humans aren’t naturally stressed so use easily turns into abuse. Taking a quick look at the top stress factors that lead to drug and alcohol abuse could help you, a co-worker or a loved one begin to find the root of the problem. Continue reading “Top 4 Stressors That Can Lead to Employee Alcohol & Drug Abuse” »

Primary Motivators for Employee Drug Testing

Drug users are in Kansas City, and they’re looking to hide their drug use from their employers. Simply put, you can’t afford not to have drug tests in this day and age.

In case you need some convincing, here are the primary drivers for drug testing that we’ve noticed as providers of workplace drug and alcohol testing.

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Do You Suspect An Employee of Struggling with an Adderall Addiction?

Adderall addiction is more common than most employers realize. For some people, an Adderall addiction begins with a legitimate need for the drug in their childhood and grows into a problem. Other people develop an Adderall addiction in their effort to remain competitive in the workplace.

Regardless, addiction can be the means of destroying a healthy, balanced lifestyle and wreaking havoc on your workplace.

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Mental Health and Addiction in the Workplace

 

Mental health and drug abuse problems affect most workplaces. How a company chooses their response to addiction says a lot about how they care for their employees. Many workers attend work instead of treatment because they fear they’ll lose their jobs.

Managers may also experience the same fears about mental health and drug abuse. They may think that talking about their problem jeopardizes their positions within a company. A response to addiction that works well for many companies is to provide mental health resources to employees who show mental health and drug abuse problems in the workplace. Continue reading “Mental Health and Addiction in the Workplace” »

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip the Background Check

Hiring is an in-depth process. It involves legal considerations and requires you to squeeze the interview process into your already full schedule. Beyond gathering applications and scheduling interviews, there are several details that can’t be forgotten. Background checks are a basic part of the hiring process.

Some employers think that background checks don’t apply to their line of business or they aren’t worth the time. The truth is that background checks should be just as important to you as writing the perfect job description or sending applicants through three rounds of interviews. Continue reading “3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip the Background Check” »

Creating and Enforcing a Drug-Free Policy in Your Office

According to The National Federation of Independent Business, over 75 percent of illegal drug users in the U.S. are employed. At almost 10 million people so, there’s a chance that one of your employees is one of those users. Drug and alcohol abuse is frequently overlooked because once an employee passes a pre-employment drug test it ceases to concern anyone. However, a proactive workplace can build a drug-free program in their workplace that will keep employees accountable and help them overcome the temptation of abusing drugs while they’re at work.

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Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace

California, Nevada, Maine, Massachusetts, and 26 other states and D.C. have passed marijuana legalization laws in some form. With other states and more expansive laws sure to come, how are employers going to test for and handle employees using marijuana? Continue reading “Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace” »