You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC

Synthetic urine that is. On August 3rd, the Kansas City Star published a piece about synthetic urine being sold all around the KC metro area. This synthetic urine is meant to be a cheat for employee drug tests, but this pee isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Continue reading “You Can Now Purchase Urine OTC” »

Drug Testing When You Are a Multi-state Employer

Multi-state employers with drug-testing policies must ensure they are complying with the various state laws that apply. However, every state is different. For example, some states have different definitions of terms like “reasonable suspicion,” as well as different steps employers must follow with after a worker tests positive for illicit drug use. Continue reading “Drug Testing When You Are a Multi-state Employer” »

Kansas City Employers Let Down By Failed Drug Tests

While the Kansas City area’s unemployment rate has shrunk to 3.6 percent, there are employers out there that are still begging for employees. Why? Some of the reasons include low pay, uninviting work, or lack of qualifications for the positions. Another big factor is drug testing. Continue reading “Kansas City Employers Let Down By Failed Drug Tests” »

What Are the Right Drug Panels For Your Employees?

Your employees could help you great the best business possible, or they could completely bring it down. The cost for replacing a salaried employee is equivalent to six to nine months of their salary. Investing in employees means you need to be sure you are getting what you think you are. There are plenty of factors you should consider when choosing a drug test for your business.  Continue reading “What Are the Right Drug Panels For Your Employees?” »

Top 3 Seasonal Work Industries That Need Drug Testing

Employers haven’t always put the time and money into drug testing their seasonal workers. However, drug testing is economical and mandatory testing is important for some seasonal workers that assume a higher level of responsibility. There are plenty of businesses that don’t drug test and end up with a fleet of substance abusers, which means safety and productivity go down and you are at a higher risk for liability. Below are some of the top jobs that rely on safe, drug-free seasonal workers. Continue reading “Top 3 Seasonal Work Industries That Need Drug Testing” »

Enforcing & Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace Policy

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According to The National Federation of Independent Business, 77 percent of illicit drug users in the U.S. are employed. That’s almost 10 million people so, chances are, 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.

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Job Offers Revoked for Prescribed Medications

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Drug tests are routine for new employees and people usually know whether they will pass it or not. A growing number of people are getting job offers revoked because their tests are coming back positive, but given no chance to explain their situation. Continue reading “Job Offers Revoked for Prescribed Medications” »

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” »

Mental Health and Addiction in the Workplace

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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

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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. Continue reading “Recent Increase in U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs” »