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?” »

How a Cotinine Test Can Help Your Company Save Money

You’ve probably heard that drug and alcohol testing can save your business money. But did you know that drugs and alcohol aren’t the only substances that can have a negative impact on your office? Though it’s a legal substance, tobacco can have a bad effect on your workplace. With a cotinine test, you can save your company some of the costs associated with hiring a smoker.

Here’s what you need to know about nicotine testing in your workplace.

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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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Three Benefits of Pre-Employment Background Checks

In recent years, the news has been full of stories pushing for background check requirements for new employees. While we are saddened by the reasons why background screening is being elevated to the national spotlight, we are pleased to see the benefits of pre-employment background checks paying off.

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The Anatomy of a Drug Test

Have you ever thought long and hard about how a drug test works? Isn’t it strange that we can eat or inhale a substance that will later show up in your urine? It seems confusing until you understand the literal chemistry behind drug use, particularly marijuana:  Continue reading “The Anatomy of a Drug Test” »

What Can Employers Do to Encourage a Drug-Free Workplace?

If you’re an employer focused on the well-being of your employees, there are a few steps you can take. One step is implementing a drug-free program in your workplace. If you’re curious about how a drug-free program can help your office, let Test Smartly Labs give you some ideas! Continue reading “What Can Employers Do to Encourage a Drug-Free Workplace?” »

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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