Connect with Quest at DATIA 2015

by Landon Todd on May 27, 2015

datia_brochure.jpgAs a presenting sponsor of this year’s Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) Conference, we couldn’t be more excited about this gathering of thought leaders and experts from across the drug testing industry. We believe in DATIA’s mission and we’re proud to have our name associated with this organization.

Quest Diagnostics prides itself on being there for our clients and for our industry. Through this sponsorship, we’re proud to show that we’re there when you need us is more than just an expression; it’s a commitment to supporting the values that drive us. It’s with that spirit of collaboration and partnership in mind that we’d like to personally invite you to connect with us in Miami, June 2nd through the 4th at booths #41, #42 and #43.

If you are unable to attend the conference, you can receive updates, news and information about the event on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages.

Learn more about the DATIA Conference.

For more information about drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Oral-Eze.jpgOn May 15, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published two notices in the Federal Register for the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs that could lead to important changes in federal drug testing requirements.

Oral Fluid Mandatory Guidelines would allow the use of oral fluid for the testing of federal employees, and as a result, would remove the current requirement of utilizing urine specimens only. These proposed guidelines highlight the standards and technical requirements for:

  • Oral fluid collection devices
  • Initial oral fluid drug test analytes and methods
  • Confirmatory oral fluid drug test analytes and methods
  • Requalification requirements and processes for review by a Medical Review Officer (MRO)
  • Requirements for federal agency actions

Urine Mandatory Guidelines were submitted to revise the following:

  • Cut-off levels for reporting an adulterated specimen based on low pH
  • Requalification requirements and processes for review by a Medical Review Officer (MRO)
  • Inclusion of references for the use of alternate specimen types in federal workplace drug testing programs

It is important to note that in addition to proposing changes to oral fluid and urine testing regulations, these proposals include the addition of testing procedures for four Schedule II prescription medications: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone – which are not currently included in the Mandatory Guidelines.

The publication of these two proposals opens a 60-day comment period. After the comment period ends, comments will be reviewed and addressed prior to the publication of the final HHS guidelines. Once final guidelines are published, the Department of Transportation (DOT), which must follow the scientific guidelines of the HHS, will take the HHS guidance into consideration, propose its rules, open a comment period, and review those comments prior to publishing final rules for inclusion in 49 CFR Part 40.

Over the coming months, there will be more details forthcoming about these proposals and the effect they may have on federal drug testing requirements. As we learn of developments, we will share them here on our blog and in our monthly electronic newsletter.

For more information about drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Workplace Drug Testing in the Era of Legal Marijuana

May 19, 2015 Industry News

The Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. (IBH) held a one-day symposium on September 29, 2014 to discuss workplace drug testing in the era of increasing marijuana legalization. The discussion included thought leaders from private and public industries, including laboratory drug testing, addiction treatment and public policy professionals. The output of this collaborative effort is […]

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Instant Drug Testing Webinar Recap

May 8, 2015 Instant Testing

Two experts from Quest Diagnostics presented a webinar about the advantages and limitations of instant drug testing solutions. Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology, and Matt Resch, Product Manager, discussed scientific data, national trends in drug use, legal considerations and best practices to help you make more informed decisions regarding your workplace drug testing program. […]

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Find an Express Results™ Online Collection Site

May 1, 2015 Instant Testing

Earlier this year, we introduced Express Results Online, a new instant, urine drug testing solution designed to deliver fast, dependable results. This rapid drug test screens for up to 11 different drugs and drug combinations with the ability to complete the entire process online. Negative results are available within minutes from the time of collection, […]

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Why Does Employee Drug Use Matter?

April 27, 2015 Industry News

Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology at Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions, recently wrote an article for Risk Management Monitor, a publication that offers insight to professionals in the risk management and insurance industry. The article highlights current drug use trends and how they affect the workplace. Data from the 2013 Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing […]

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Science and Cyborgs with Dr. Barry Sample

April 24, 2015 Quest News

Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology at Quest Diagnostics, is usually busy presenting on workplace drug use trends at industry conferences, fielding interviews with national media outlets or inspecting toxicology laboratories around the world. Yet, his most recent Q&A was via Skype to an audience of fourth and fifth graders gathered in a […]

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Series: Assessing Drug Use Trends in the United States – Opiates

April 22, 2015 Illicit Drugs

Due to the increasing use and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs, employers, public policy decision makers, law enforcement, media and the general public all have an interest in assessing past, current and emerging drug use trends. As such, this installment in our Assessing Drug Use Trends in the United States series uses several renowned […]

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Lab Week Heroes

April 20, 2015 Industry News

Our everyday heroes work behind the scenes in our laboratories. They play a vital role in the critical testing we perform to help put drug-free candidates to work for businesses across the country. To our lab employees, being there means delivering accurate results with the fastest turnaround times possible. This year Lab Week is April […]

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Series: Assessing Drug Use Trends in the United States – Amphetamines

April 17, 2015 Illicit Drugs

Due to the increasing use and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs, employers, public policy decision makers, law enforcement, media and the general public all have an interest in assessing past, current and emerging drug use trends. As such, this installment in our Assessing Drug Use Trends in the United States series uses several renowned […]

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