Quest Diagnostics released a Health Trends™ report with a three-year analysis of prescription drug use from more than 1.4 million test results. The study examined the risks of prescription drug misuse and efforts at the state level to reduce abuse.
Patients, regardless of age or gender, sometimes use dangerous drug combinations and skip doses. Michael R. Clark, M.D., MPH, MBA, associate professor and director, Chronic Pain Treatment Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is quoted in the press release, “Patients are still substituting, supplementing, and diverting their prescribed controlled substances.”
Five states have implemented multi-faceted prescription drug abuse prevention programs in recent years, and these same states showed the greatest rate of decline in prescription drug misuse. Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee and New York experienced an average decline that was nearly 2.5 times greater than the average of all other states combined. Actions taken in these states included prescription drug databases, physician and patient education and public awareness campaigns. This portion of the study shows promising signs that the right strategies can help to make progress against the prescription drug epidemic.
Quest Diagnostics is a leader in prescription and workplace drug testing. In much the same way that this Health Trends report showed trends in prescription drug use, the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ details trends of drug use by U.S. workers. For more information about our drug testing products and services, contact us online.
Question: If I suspect my employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work, what can I do?
Employers who implement pre-employment drug testing programs do so to protect their businesses from the impact of drug abuse before making hiring decisions. As a result, they help to strengthen the integrity of their workplace while promoting a safe and stable environment for their employees. As an employer, if you’re looking to have an even more profound impact on employee safety, well-being and productivity, there are advantages to developing on-the-job drug testing programs.
Reasonable suspicion drug testing leverages well-defined company policies, with varied drug testing specimen options. Federally-regulated workplaces are provided with a definition of what reasonable suspicion testing is and the steps that should be taken to administer these tests. For non-federally regulated businesses, creating the guidelines, policies, definitions and training can sometimes prove to be challenging. As such, we have created a list of best practices to follow when implementing a reasonable suspicion drug testing program.
At Quest Diagnostics we offer comprehensive support for reasonable suspicion drug testing. With a fixed collection site network consisting of more than 8,000 locations across the country, and an additional 6,000 collectors who provide around-the-clock access to 24/7 emergency collections, our network is more than capable of supporting your reasonable suspicion drug testing program, and thereby helping you to create and maintain your drug-free workplace.
For more information about drug testing and how to build an effective program, contact us online.