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What STD Outbreaks in the Workplace Could Mean for Employers

Two years ago, health officials in Oklahoma City were stunned by a fast-spreading outbreak of syphilis which, for almost two decades, was considered to be dead. Oklahoma had detectives specifically dedicated to finding the cause and tracking down everyone affected, but the outbreak raises a bigger question – how can employers legally and practically protect their employees against an STD epidemic? Continue reading “What STD Outbreaks in the Workplace Could Mean for Employers” »

Business Owners Ask: What if My Employees Use Drugs?

Working to keep your workplace free of drugs and alcohol? Best practices say that an employee handbook and workplace policies regarding substance use (and substance abuse) need to be clearly posted and communicated.

But what if those policies are violated? Continue reading “Business Owners Ask: What if My Employees Use Drugs?” »

Employers: Have You Hired a Drug User?

We’re talking to you. If you’re in charge of hiring at a small/medium-sized organization or larger, statistically, you’ve most likely employed a drug user. How do we know? Well, because an astonishing number of drug users are reportedly employed. Continue reading “Employers: Have You Hired a Drug User?” »

Drug-Free Workplace Program: Eligibility & Incentives

Drug-free workplaces are a great way to boost your business. However, did you also know that maintaining a drug-free workplace can bring financial incentives? Continue reading “Drug-Free Workplace Program: Eligibility & Incentives” »

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?

young man vaping from an e-cigarette at his workplace

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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