Drug testing or drug screening is one action an employer can take to determine if an employee or job applicant is using illegal drugs. Alcohol and drug abuse can create significant safety and health hazards that can result in decreased productivity, poor employee morale and serious medical mistakes or errors.
Drug testing or drug screening and the type implemented by an employer at the work place; is up to the private employer’s discretion. With the types of drug testing available, privacy issues play a role.
Methods of Drug Testing
The most common method of drug testing is urinalysis. Urinalysis can be done at a specific health unit ( Concentra locations), physician’s office or hospital. The employee or applicant provides a sample to be tested.
These private testing areas are equipped with extreme precautions so as to assure the specimen will not be tampered with or tainted in any way.
Precautions taken by these locations include putting blue dye in the toilet and turning off the water supply to prevent adulteration of the specimen. The urinalysis can detect and measure a particular illicit drug or prescription drug within a few days which would show evidence of current drug use. Urinalysis is not usually used to detect alcohol use; only if the consumption of alcohol was within a few hours. The Breath Alcohol test (Breathalyzer) is the most common test for indicating how much alcohol is currently in the blood stream at the time of the test.
Other drug screening used to detect the use of selected drugs of abuse include blood tests, hair follicle drug test, and oral fluid analysis (saliva drug test)
Blood: A blood test measures the actual amount of alcohol (Blood Alcohol Concentration) or drugs in the blood at the time of test. These blood samples will measure accurately the active drug present in the blood stream at the time the sample is drawn. With some drugs, there is a very short detection period due to most drugs are quickly cleared from the blood.
Hair: Hair analysis or “hair follicle drug test” provides a much longer “testing window”; approximately 90 days. Hair analysis provides detection of past use of specific drugs. Hair follicle drug testing cannot detect alcohol use. Hair testing is least invasive and privacy issues are decreased.
Oral Fluids or Saliva Drug Test: These samples or specimens are collected from the mouth thru a swab technique. The most common collection method is hard to adulterate and may be a better drug test for cocaine, marijuana and amphetamines. This method is excellent to determine current use or impairment.
Drug testing is a common practice for pre employment or routine to assure the employer of a drug free environment/work place.
Concentra Services and Company Culture:
Concentra is a national health care company who serves employers with a broad range of health services including drug screening or drug testing.
Concentra locations as work site medical facilities that provide the privacy and absolute accuracy and control of the drug screen. Concentra serves employers
By providing health services and operating more than 245 worksite Concentra locations.
Concentra Drug Testing provides convenient locations and reasonable pricing
For employers to access when Concentra locations are needed to do employee drug screening.