Drug Testing By the Numbers

by Nicole Jupe on September 28, 2016

Using just 10 digits – 0 through 9 – we are able to derive billions of combination of numbers.  This idea also holds true as it relates to laboratory testing for drugs of abuse in which a seemingly boundless array of numbers, facts, data, and outputs is available. These values can play an essential role for employers making decisions about their drug-free workplace programs.

Some of the most common questions we get asked as your drug testing partner can be answered with a calculation of percentage, amount, length of time, volume, or other numeric figure. For example:

  • What is the overall positivity rate for drug use in the U.S. workforce?
  • How many people test positive for marijuana (or other drugs) each year?
  • What are the detection times using different specimen types like urine, oral fluid or hair?
  • How much hair is cut for a hair drug test?
  • What percentage of on-the-job accidents involved drugs and alcohol?
  • How long does it take to get the results of a drug test?
  • What is the return-on-investment of workplace drug testing?

With that in mind, we are excited to launch a new blog series where our team, along with scientific and technological experts, takes a closer look at the numbers in workplace drug testing and explains how they are meaningful to your drug testing program. Stay tuned and subscribe to our blog to never miss a “number.”

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Speed up Testing with eCCF

by Steve Beller on September 27, 2016

c2a-40067-v3-SealsAs we reported, Quest Diagnostics was approved on August 5, 2016, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP) to perform federally-regulated drug testing using electronic Custody and Control Forms (eCCF). Since our announcement, we have been diligently working to complete the final last steps necessary to allow the ordering, collections, testing, and reporting of regulated eCCFs. That work is now complete.

Today we are proud to announce our “go-live” date to begin processing federally-regulated eCCF throughout the Quest Diagnostics system. Beginning in mid-November, our clients will be able to utilize eCCF for all urine workplace drug tests across our nationwide network of laboratories, 1,300 Patient Service Centers, and an ever-expanding network of more than 1,000 preferred 3rd party collection sites.

eCCF is the electronic version of the traditional, five-part, paper Custody and Control Form – the document used for drug test ordering, specimen collection processing and chain of custody documentation for workplace drug testing. Chain of custody refers to the handling of a drug test specimen from the time it is collected until it is processed at the laboratory – and, in the Federal program, it is also used to document final laboratory results reported to Medical Review Officers (MROs). Only laboratories that are approved by the NLCP can provide Federal eCCFs.

Beginning mid-November, Quest Diagnostics clients who perform drug testing on both their regulated (DOT) and non-regulated employees can reap the benefits of eCCF. These benefits include:

  • Fewer data entry and legibility issues from handwritten paper forms
  • Reduced collection site flaws
  • Less paperwork to manage
  • Accurate data from the Federal eCCF immediately replaces outdated account and Medical Review Officer (MRO) demographics
  • Streamlined delivery of eCCF copies to employers and MROs
  • Improved overall efficiency
  • A single provider to manage both regulated and non-regulated programs digitally

For more information about eCCF, download our FAQs, visit our website or contact us online.

Post-Accident Drug Testing Guidelines Under Review by OSHA

September 20, 2016 Post-Accident

Can post-accident drug testing be used to intimidate and dissuade employees from reporting accidents? The National Law Review (NLR) reports that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is currently taking a closer look at such programs to ensure that the testing requirements are reasonable and are not implemented for the purpose of dissuading […]

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Drug Positivity Rises in the Railroad Industry

September 19, 2016 Post-Accident

Drug testing has some early origins in the railroad industry. In 1987, two trains collided in Chase, Maryland killing 12 and making it the deadliest crash in Amtrak’s history. After learning that the crew of the train that failed to stop tested positive for marijuana, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) swiftly overhauled its drug and alcohol […]

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Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index: Drug Positivity in U.S. Workforce Rises to Highest Level in a Decade

September 15, 2016 Industry News

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reveals insights into patterns of drug use among the American workforce. It has been published annually for more than 25 years as a public service for government, employers, policymakers, media, and the general public. In examining the latest data, Barry Sample, Ph.D., Senior Director of Science and Technology […]

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Kratom to be Classified as a Schedule I Drug

September 12, 2016 Industry News

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced its intentions to place the main active components – mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine – from the plant commonly known as “kratom” into Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act in order to avoid an imminent hazard to public safety. The DEA states that kratom has a high potential for abuse, has […]

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Ten Most Dangerous Jobs in America

September 8, 2016 Reasons for Testing

Certain professions come with inherent dangers and compel employees to directly face life-threatening situations. Other jobs require employees to spend entire workdays on roads and highways or in environments with heightened exposure to risk, elevating their chances of accidents. In “America’s Most Dangerous Jobs in 2016,” Forbes journalist Karsten Strauss highlights fields associated with danger […]

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International Overdose Awareness Day

August 24, 2016 Industry News

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), deaths caused by drug overdoses have risen steadily over the past 20 years in the U.S., and recently surpassed traffic fatalities as the leading cause of accidental death. To help raise awareness of this national and global epidemic, the Penington Institute – which collaborates with organizations to identify […]

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Name that Drug: Mother’s Little Helper

August 23, 2016 Industry News

DATIA 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 Amy Gallup, Laboratory Supervisor at Quest Diagnostics, […]

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