The Economics of Drug Testing

Sometimes, businesses understand the value of drug testing but hesitate when it comes time to make the investment. It’s true that implementing a drug testing program will cost your company up front. However, drug testing can save your company a lot of money in the long run, not to mention the non-financial aspects.

To demonstrate the true value of implementing drug-free policies, Test Smartly Labs will guide you through the ins and outs of drug-testing economics.

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How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health

 

Many, if not all, illegal drugs can have adverse effects on your heart, including abnormal heart rate and even heart attacks. Injecting illegal drugs can lead to cardiovascular issues, like collapsed veins and bacterial infections of the blood vessels and heart valves. Continue reading “How Drugs Can Affect Your Heart’s Health” »

DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized

Last fall, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling on the proposed rules to include opioids in their drug testing panel for safety-sensitive employees. The proposal went into effect on January 1st of this year. What does this mean for employees who must abide by DOT regulations?  Continue reading “DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized” »

Employers: Be on the Look Out for Fake Urine

Synthetic urine? Are we crazy? Unfortunately not. This time last year, the Kansas City Star published a piece about synthetic urine being sold in the KC metro area. This synthetic urine is meant to help employees cheat required workplace drug tests, but this pee isn’t fooling anyone anymore. Continue reading “Employers: Be on the Look Out for Fake Urine” »

Worried Your Employees are Using? Learn More about Designer Drugs

Kansas City employers know they need to be on alert for signs of common drugs like marijuana and cocaine. However, there is a different narcotic that employers need to watch out for: designer drugs. Test Smartly Labs will help you navigate the facts of designer drugs. This information will help you be in a better position to protect your workforce.

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What Does the First Cannabis-Based Drug Mean for Employers?

The end of June was accompanied by a groundbreaking decision: the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug. This drug, Epidiolex, is designed to help combat 2 types of epileptic syndromes. These new pharmaceutical developments raise interesting questions and problems for states, like Kansas and Missouri, where marijuana has not been legalized. What does the advancement of cannabis-based medicines mean for employers in the greater Kansas City area?  Continue reading “What Does the First Cannabis-Based Drug Mean for Employers?” »

Protect Your Fleet from Accidents Caused by Marijuana

As more and more states move to legalize medical marijuana, with some even progressing towards legalizing recreational use, concerns about the safety of marijuana use continue to surface. One study found that marijuana use was linked to brain abnormalities in brain regions responsible for emotion and motivation. Research from Columbia University has shown that marijuana is beginning to contribute to more traffic deaths than in years previous.

We’ve delved into the research and what your company can do to protect against drugged driving.

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Choosing the Right Panels For Your Company’s Drug Testing Program

Employees can be a company’s greatest asset–or the greatest liability. Average employers actually pay twice their employees’ salary in taxes, benefits, and training costs. The cost of replacing a salaried employee is equivalent to six to nine months of their pay. Employees are valuable investments that need to be looked after. One of the best ways to protect and provide for your workforce investment is with drug testing services. Let’s take a look at drug testing options for businesses in the greater Kansas City area:

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Should You Require Seasonal Employees to Take a Drug Test?

There is seasonal employment to be found every summer in Kansas City. There are amusement park jobs at Worlds of Fun, counselor positions at the dozens of day-camps in the metro area, and lifeguard positions at neighborhood pools. If you’re out and about with your family this summer, you’re encountering seasonal employees. Have you ever considered whether these staff members have been adequately drug-screened for their position?

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Suicidal Thoughts Linked to Illegal Drug Use: What Can Employers Do?

Test Smartly Labs knows how much employers care for the mental and physical health of their employees. As an employer, did you know that illegal drug use can adversely affect a person’s mental wellbeing as much as their physical welfare?

A 2014 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) concluded that adults who abuse illegal drugs have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than non-users. SAMHSA concluded, from data collected in their 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, that drug use has a very serious negative impact on an abuser’s mental health.

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