Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace


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” »

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” »

Recent Increase in U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs

Recent data taken from millions of workplace-related drug tests shows that U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use is now at its highest level in a decade.

Detection of illicit drugs— ranging from marijuana to heroin to methamphetamine—increased both for the general workforce and the “safety-sensitive” workforce, which includes those operating large machinery such as truck drivers, pilots, subway engineers, ship captains and other transportation workers.

Last year, 4% of worker drug tests were positive overall. Among safety-sensitive workers, positive tests rose from 1.7% to 1.8%. In the general workforce, positive tests rose from 4.7% to 4.8%.

The data, gathered by Quest Diagnostics, is based on more than 9.5 million urine tests, generally mirrors broader statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which surveys Americans regarding drug use every year. The agency found that in 2014, about 10% of Americans age 12+ had used an illicit drug in the prior 30 days, the highest amount since at least 2002.

The data dates back to 1988, when 13.6% of U.S. workers’ drug tests came back positive, which resulted in Ronald Reagan signing the Drug-Free Workplace Act. Testing also became more common as a workplace practice for all types of jobs in order to be hired.

The majority of positive tests declined to a low in 2010 (3.5%) and remained at that level until 2012, when it began to rise. The increases overlap with the 2012 legislation in Colorado and Washington, allowing the recreational use of marijuana. More than 20 other states have legalized that drug in some form since. Nearly half of positive tests reflect marijuana use.

An increase in detection of heroin also causes greater concern. Heroin tests with a positive result have increased 146% in the general workforce between 2011 and 2015 and 84% in the safety-sensitive workforce. Due to a crackdown on abuse of prescription opiates such as hydrocodone, drug users often turn to heroin. However, the amount of tests indicating a positive result for the two most common prescription opiates—hydrocodone and hydromorphone—fell drastically last year.

ARCpoint Labs – Why Test Employees for Drugs?

Substance-abusing employees may cost your business more time, money and headache in the long run. Drug-using employees, compared to non-using employees tend to:

  • Have higher turnover rates
  • File more workers’ compensation claims and have higher insurance premiums
  • Be late or absent during the work week
  • Get involved in an accident
  • Lose efficiency and productivity

Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing

To keep your workplace running smoothly, consider drug and alcohol testing. ARCpoint Labs offers many workplace testing solutions for you. If your business is in need of a reliable and accurate workplace drug testing program, please contact ARCpoint Labs today.

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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.


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.


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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