Treatment facilities often use drug testing, whether random or routine, as a essential component in monitoring patient compliance and abstinence from drugs of abuse and/or alcohol consumption.
In dealing with clients in early recovery, detection of adulterants or dilution of a specimen is vital in the therapeutic process of working with difficult clients.
In detox facilities, drug screening is imperative to guiding prescribers in safe treatment practices and documenting substance abuse among patients.
Drug testing is one action an employer can take to determine if employees or job applicants are using drugs. It can identify evidence of recent use of alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs. Currently, drug testing does not test for impairment or whether a person’s behavior is, or was, impacted by drugs.
Drug testing works best when implemented based on a clear, written policy that is shared with all employees, along with employee education about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, supervisor training on the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide help for employees who may have an alcohol or drug problem.
helps employers to proactively protect themselves from the negative impacts of hiring drug users. Pre-employment testing is usually performed after a conditional offer of employment has been made – a negative drug test result is required before an applicant starts working.
or “spot testing,” is a strong deterrent to drug users because it is conducted on an unannounced basis. Using a random selection process, (e.g., computer-generated), an employer selects one or more individuals from all the employees included in the employer’s workplace drug testing program.
By using a random selection process, employers ensure that there is no bias and that all employees have an equal chance of being selected, even those who have been drug tested recently.
C O M M O N R E A S O N S E M P L O Y E R S I M P L E M E N T D R U G T E S T I N G A R E T O :
• Deter employees from abusing alcohol and drugs
• Prevent hiring individuals who use illegal drugs
• Be able to identify early and appropriately refer employees who have drug and/or alcohol problems
• Provide a safe workplace for employees
• Protect the general public and instill consumer confidence that employees are working safely
• Comply with State laws or Federal regulations
• Benefit from Workers’ Compensation Premium Discount programs