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.

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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?” »

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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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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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” »

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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