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Workforce drug positive rate highest in a decade

Recent statistics show, while the U.S. may be making strides in the opioid epidemic, usage for some illegal drugs has gone up.  [Read more…]

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Positive worker drug tests rise for third year in a row

An annual report shows drug use in the U.S. workforce has risen to the highest level in nearly a decade.  [Read more…]

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Employee drug use: Long-term improvement, new problems develop

When it comes to employee drug use, there’s good and bad news. The good news: The positive rate for the U.S. workforce has declined 74% from 1988 to 2012, according to Quest Diagnostics figures. The bad news: … [Read more…]

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Newer tests proven to cut cheating on drug testing

To watch or not to watch: That used to be the question when it came to collecting urine samples for drug testing. That problem may be eliminated with newer screening tests, according to Quest Diagnostics, which has released new data on positive rates for applicants and workers. [Read more…]

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Would prescription-only pseudoephedrine cut down on meth use?

A new government report corroborates previous statistics that show methamphetamine use may be rising in the U.S. after dropping for several years. [Read more…]

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Top 9 states for methamphetamine use

Last decade, positive drug tests among U.S. workers for methamphetamine had started to drop. That trend may be reversing, with positive rates dramatically higher in some states compared to others. [Read more…]

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Recent testing reveals more employee heroin use

As the drug-testing industry has developed more tamper-proof sampling methods, positive results for employee drug use have gone up. [Read more…]

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Prescribed drugs: What can companies do about this safety hazard?

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Scenario: One of your employees is taking a legally prescribed medication and works with machinery that has the potential to maim or kill. The label on the medication warns against driving or operating machinery while taking the drug. What do you do? [Read more…]

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Use of these drugs is up 18% among workers

New statistics about employee drug use are out, and they show an increase in usage of some drugs. Is it marijuana, cocaine, crack? [Read more…]

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Why pre-employment drug tests may not be enough

New data show that pre-employment drug screenings alone may not be enough of a deterrent for workers. [Read more…]

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