Drug Testing

The American Council for Drug Education Reports those employees who abuse drugs and alcohol suffer the following:

  • 5 times more likely to file a workers’ compensation claim
  • 4 times as likely to suffer an on-the-job injury
  • 10 times more likely to miss work
  • 33% less productive
  • 3 times more costly to the US healthcare system
  • Responsible for 40% of all industrial fatalities

Pre-employment drug screening and on-going employee drug testing can help employers cultivate a healthier and more productive work force and to improve business results. Pre-employment drug testing has been shown to:

  • Improve the overall quality of job applicants
  • Reduce on-the-job accidents
  • Reduce losses due to theft
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce employee turn-over
  • Eliminate wasted recruiting and training expense
  • Improve employee morale and productivity
  • Help control the costs of healthcare and workers compensation insurance

Employers have a right to require all employees pass a drug test both before and during employment. Let KRESS help you establish a drug testing policy that will keep your customers and employees safe and protect your bottom line.

Types of Drug Testing

Five Panel Drug Tests 

The most common urine drug test is a 5-Panel Drug Test, or “SAMHSA1-5”, that screens for 5 categories of drugs:

  • Marijuana (THC)
  • Cocaine
  • Amphetamines/Methamphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sets guidelines for federal government drug testing programs.

Ten Panel Drug Tests

KRESS also offers a 10-Panel Drug Test that checks for the 5 drugs listed above, plus the following:

  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methaqualone
  • Methadone
  • Propoxyphene

DOT Drug Tests 

DOT Drug Tests screen for the same 5 drugs as does the SAMHSA-5. The Department of Transportation requires DOT drug testing of safety-sensitive employees in transportation industries. A DOT drug test involves the use of a special “chain of custody” form, a split sample test, and a review of the drug testing process and laboratory results by a Medical Review Officer (MRO). The MRO is a licensed physician who is qualified to determine if there is a legitimate medical explanation for a particular test result.

“Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Drug Testing”, which provides information for employers on drug testing, how it is done, what information employers can receive, and which policies can benefit employers most.