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Illicit Drug Use Up Among the US Workforce

Recent statistics suggest that more American workers are being exposed for illicit drug use. In fact, numbers suggest that the amount of people engaged in illicit drug use has risen over the last two years. This comes after statistics regarding illicit drug use had shown a decline for nearly 25 years.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about the uptick in workplace drug use, courtesy of The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI).

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Are Any of Your Employees Suffering From Adderall Addiction?

Adderall addiction is more common than most employers realize. For some people 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.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North is providing the details on employee Adderall use and addiction.

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2015 Trends in Employee Background Screening

As providers of drug and alcohol testing as well as other background screening services, it’s our job to stay on top of current screening trends. This allows us to best serve our clients and meet the Kansas City metro area’s needs for employee background screening.

EmployeeScreenIQ recently released a report on 2015 background screening trends. We’ve reviewed their data and highlighted some of the key information from their findings in the infographic below!

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2015: Key Trends in Employee Background Screening

Background Screening for Safety

46% of employers surveyed said they felt employee background screening was necessary to protect their clients and customers. Since drug and alcohol use can cause worksite accidents, property damage, and theft, including of client data or information, it’s true that properly screening employees can help keep your workplace safe.

Compliance Concerns

51% of employers surveyed said that regulatory compliance was a top concern when it comes to running employee background screening programs. ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North can help your company follow all state, federal, and industry regulations to ensure the legality and success of your program.

Marijuana Legalization Won’t Stop Drug Testing

54% of employers surveyed reported that even if marijuana was legalized, they would continue their drug testing program. This is a positive indication that workplaces do realize even when a substance is legal they still have the right to prohibit on-site and on-the-clock use or impairment.

Felony Drug Offenses Disqualify Applicants

70% of employers surveyed said that if employee background screening uncovered a felony drug offense on an applicant’s record, they would not consider them for employment.

Employee Background Screening & Drug & Alcohol Testing

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North can be your partner in employee background screening, including your drug and alcohol testing program. Let us make sure you are hiring the right people and keeping your workplace safe.

To get started, contact us today at (816) 399-4597.

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Why Drug Test Employees After Vacation

As exciting as vacation is for people — and as beneficial it can be in terms of stress reduction and productivity — for employers, the week after employees return from vacation can be a real nightmare. This is especially true when employees overindulge by abusing substances and return to work in a drunken or drugged haze.

Drug testing after vacation eliminates some of the worry employers have about what their employees do recreationally.

With Memorial Day coming up and summer vacations on the horizon, here’s what Kansas City employers can do to prevent an employee’s vacation substance abuse from affecting your workplace.

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5 Types of Organizations That Need Seasonal Drug Testing

The safety of your home, neighborhood, and workplace lies in your ability to trust other people to do the right thing. Where drugs and alcohol is concerned, it’s hard to tell who’s using and who’s not. Many substance abusers do well to hide their addictions. Others aren’t as lucky. Drugs and alcohol affect them outwardly.

Drug testing identifies substance abusers among the seasonal workforce. You gain peace of mind knowing that the person you’ve left in charge of your children while you’re away is of sound mind and judgment. You don’t have to worry about coming home to a tragic event in the making because the lifeguard you deemed safe decided to drink or do drugs while on duty.Here are four types of organizations that need seasonal drug testing.

These Industries Need Seasonal Drug Testing

1. Subdivisions.

If you have a neighborhood pool, you need to test the lifeguards. As a property management group or neighborhood association, it will lower your liability in the event of an accident and also prevent potential tragedies. As a parent, you should insist that your neighborhood association uses drug testing to screen staff lifeguards. Don’t assume that this is already the practice — as third party drug testing providers, we too often hear subdivisions or private-owned pools say they can’t test their lifeguards because they’re worried they won’t be able to find enough drug-free candidates. We know this is not the case — there are qualified lifeguards out there who are unimpaired.

2. Parks and Recreation Departments.

Childcare providers, lifeguards, and day camp counselors are sometimes on staff in city parks and recreation departments. If you are in charge of HR for your local parks and rec, consider that drug testing your staff will be a major selling point to drive enrollment in summer camps, daycares, and pools or fitness centers. Also, taxpayers should be more supportive of these programs overall if the department shows concern for safety.

3. Country Clubs.

Most country clubs have pools requiring lifeguards — and again, whenever a customer’s safety is in your hands, it reduces your liability, prevents tragedy, and shows a commitment to safety.

Even if your workers are not in a safety-sensitive position, for servers and other Country Club employees, customer service is key. One customer’s bad experience due to employee impairment can hurt your Club’s reputation; you want to make sure employees are behaving properly. Seasonal drug testing safeguards you from the long list of liabilities substance abusers cause
by abusing drugs and alcohol and coming to work.

4. Lawn and Landscaping.

If you own this type of business, you might have a lot of applicants in the summer. They may operate dangerous and expensive equipment on a daily basis. Hiring someone with addiction issues is a lawsuit in the making. With seasonal drug testing, you can avoid legal issues, medical costs, and equipment replacement.

5. Construction/Roofing.

Contractors and construction or roofing crew heads should know that seasonal drug testing can help lower liability in the event of an accident. Make sure that any on-site injuries aren’t due to impairment, and lower the likelihood of accidents by hiring right in the first place.
If you are a homeowner placing your most expensive asset — your house and your property — into another person’s hands, be sure that you ask about drug testing; this also lowers your liability in the case of an accident as a property owner, plus prevents costly mistakes.

Want seasonal drug testing in Kansas City?

Seasonal drug testing is your safety net. It weeds out poor candidates from working in positions of liability and authority. If you want your community to remain safe from harm and tragedy, do your part and request that all seasonal employees submit a specimen for seasonal drug testing.

ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North can be your partner in seasonal drug testing. Our on-site and mobile testing provides flexibility — we can come right to your pool, Country Club, or other KC metro location and provide quick results. As a third party provider, we protect you from claims of bias and can ensure that legally-prescribed medications aren’t affecting positive results.

To learn more about our services, call (816) 399-4597.

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Prescription Drug Abuse Behind Increasing Death Rates Among Young White Women

Despite efforts by various advocacy groups, prescription drug abuse continues to rise. In fact, a study carried out by the Urban Institute recently found that prescription drug abuse may be responsible for a considerable increase in the death rate of white American women between the ages of 15 and 54.

The trend is so prevalent that it has been called the opioid epidemic. The CDC previously reported a 400% rise in deaths caused by prescription drug abuse since 1999.

Here’s what Kansas City employers need to know about this disturbing trend.

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Top 5 Seasonal Workers That Need Drug Testing

Not long ago employers didn’t make a practice of drug testing seasonal workers. However, drug testing is economical and mandatory testing makes sense because of the level of responsibility assumed by seasonal workers.

Remember, if you aren’t drug testing, word gets around — and you’ll be the one who ends up with substance abusers in your workforce, which means your employees are less safe and productive and you are more liable.

This drug testing policy doesn’t just apply to your full- or part-time workforce. This means seasonal employees, too. Here are five jobs for seasonal workers in which drug testing is particularly important.

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How Does the ADA Affect My Ability to Conduct Workplace Drug Testing?

Workplace drug testing is an important tool. It preserves a safer and more efficient work environment. In some cases, an effective workplace drug testing policy can literally save lives.

But workplace drug testing policies require time and care to implement. One factor that employers must consider is whether or not their workplace drug testing program complies with American Disability Act, or ADA, guidelines.
What is the ADA, and how does it impact your workplace drug testing? ARCpoint Labs of Kansas City North shares what employers need to know.

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Primary Drivers for Drug Testing

Though employers wish otherwise, it seems that employee drug use is only on the rise. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the number of full-time employed adult drug users increased to 8.9% in 2012, and in total, 67.9% of all drug users over 18 are employed full- or part-time.

Think it isn’t a problem in Kansas City? Consider some of the search terms that have lead people to our blog in the past month:

“any jobs that dont require drug screening in kc”

“urine cleansers for drug test in kansas city mo”

“how to cheat a fingernail drug test”

“hiding drug use at work”

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 be drug testing 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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