Name that Drug – Pain Game: The Substitute Player

by Landon Todd on August 20, 2014

DATIA focusDATIA focus is the quarterly publication of the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). DATIA focus features a regular, popular column titled, “Name that Drug” where interesting facts about a mystery drug are described in advance of the name being revealed.

The latest edition of “Name that Drug” was written by Dr. Vinnette Batiste M.D., Alternate Responsible Person (RP) at Quest Diagnostics, and is entitled, “Pain Game: The Substitute Player.” Give the article a read and see if you can solve the “Name that Drug” mystery on page 60 in the summer edition of DATIA focus.

Continuous Lab Improvements

by Nicole Jupe on August 4, 2014

drug-testing-labAs a leader in the drug testing industry, we diligently focus on our laboratories and our testing processes. We train our teams to be efficient in their roles as tests move swiftly throughout our labs. We track the status of every specimen from the moment it arrives into one of our SAMHSA-certified laboratories. We ensure that we perform every drug test on state-of-the-art instrumentation and equipment. We also report accurate, timely results and detailed drug testing program analysis to all of our clients.

Continually adjusting, refining and improving our processes and solutions is something we are committed to doing. While some of these enhancements include significant modifications like new test panels, other changes are more minor, and while important, they can be easily overlooked. Here are a few examples of some recent modifications that we implemented after listening to feedback from our clients:

  • Benzodiazepines. Our benzodiazepine panel  has expanded from six to seven drugs with the recent addition of the drug Triazolam.
  • MDEA (also known as “Eve”). Changes to the regulated testing program in May 2010 added MDEA to the federal-mandated panel. All of our drug testing laboratories now report a standard test and confirmation that includes MDMA (ecstasy), MDA (“Adam”) and MDEA.
  • Reporting. We standardized all of our unit codes to reflect the drug testing methodology without the instrumentation noted. For example, the unit code on your report will now simply feature the language “MS or MS confirm.”

Ongoing improvements to our laboratories and drug test reporting are all part of our commitment to show that we’re there when you need us. For more information about drug testing from Quest Diagnostics, contact us online.

Prescription Opioids: A Dose of Reality

July 29, 2014 Drugs Tested

For people with chronic and reoccurring pain, opioids, such as Hydrocodone and Oxycodone, not only relieve suffering, but can help support a normal lifestyle, alleviate stress and improve sleep. But there is a downside – prescription opioids can be just as addictive and dangerous as illegal drugs. Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug […]

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New Quest Study Examines Prescription Drug Misuse

July 21, 2014 Quest News

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 […]

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Ask the Experts: Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing

July 17, 2014 Ask the Experts

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 […]

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Drug Testing Collection Site Network

July 15, 2014 Collection Services

Our drug testing collection site network consists of more than 8,000 locations across the country, and helps to ensure a convenient, consistent, high-quality experience for the donors of our employer customers. But not all collection sites are created equal, and it’s important to know the differences between each type of site when making a location […]

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Revised Urine Specimen Collector Guidelines

July 3, 2014 Collection Services

Earlier this month, the Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance (ODAPC) issued an official Question & Answer document that clarifies collector guidelines outlined in 49 CFR Part 40. Specifically, the document addresses when a collector can give a donor permission to leave the collection site, and what a collector should do if a […]

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Ask the Experts: Hair Testing vs. Hair Follicle Testing

July 3, 2014 Ask the Experts

Question: What is the difference between hair testing and hair follicle testing? Calling a hair test a hair follicle test is a common misnomer. We looked to Jarod Rowland, a scientific expert in our Lenexa, Kansas hair testing laboratory, to better understand hair testing terminology and the hair testing collection process. The hair follicle is […]

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Suite of Online Solutions: FormFox®

July 1, 2014 Online Solutions

FormFox is an online system that simplifies the collection process for non-regulated urine, oral fluid, hair and instant drug testing. It can accept orders from all of our online solutions and helps to reduce errors, paperwork and the time it takes to work through the process. A FormFox collection wizard guides a trained collector step-by-step […]

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“Marijuana: A Look at the Science & State Legislation” Webinar Recap

June 27, 2014 Illicit Drugs

Employers continue to seek out accurate information to better understand the legal and regulatory environment surrounding the “medical” and recreational use of marijuana. Two experts in the fields of science and law presented in our June 25 webinar on marijuana use, common terminology, state laws and insights from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™. Dr. Barry […]

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