Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace

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The number of drug overdose fatalities rises every year. According to the CDC, between 2000 and 2014 the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has nearly quadrupled; prescription opioids and heroin being the top culprits, and fentanyl has risen with other opioids since 2015. Pain drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl are particularly tricky because they can be found through prescription and on the street. Continue reading “Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace” »

Drug Testing Cocktail Cheats: What Employers Need to Know

People want to have it all, drugs and a job. While drug use outside of work is a debated topic, anyone who is going to great lengths to hide their habit won’t be the best choice of employee. So the prospective employee can’t afford any of the hoaxes online like detox shampoos or dyed hair to beat follicle drug testing, so what do they do? Look around the kitchen!

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Should Companies Allow Vaping in the Workplace?

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Just twenty years ago, cigarettes were still legal indoors and it was almost a requirement in corporate America in preceding eras. Now, workplaces have no-smoking policies or designated outdoor smoking areas. In recent years, using a vapor pen in the workplace has been the solution to this problem. The question now is whether they are really safe and whether employees can be trusted to use them responsibly? Continue reading “Should Companies Allow Vaping in the Workplace?” »

Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?

Adderall Use Gone Too Far

One might think of a stimulant addict to be an individual that needs them to make it through multiple, low-wage jobs that require motivation to do boring tasks. That is just what makes workers in finance, tech, business, and the arts alike abuse Adderall, Ritalin, and Concerta – make it through the flood of tasks to gain a competitive advantage and keep up. Continue reading “Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?” »

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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