Preparing for a Drug Test Collection

by Landon Todd on July 30, 2015

collection.jpgOur drug test collection site network consists of more than 8,000 locations across the country. To ensure that all donors receive a consistent, high-quality experience, collectors follow the same standardized processes at every location. Strict chain of custody procedures are used every step of the way to help control the integrity of the specimens and the drug test results.

That said, there are a few best practices that donors can follow to receive an optimal collection experience. To prepare for a drug test collection, donors should:

  • Bring a picture ID to the collection site – identification must be verified
  • Empty their pockets – the contents of their pockets will be shown to the collector
  • Leave personal effects behind – all items are required to be secured at the site
  • Remove outer garments – jackets and other outer layers must be taken off
  • Make arrangements for children – nobody, including children, is allowed to accompany a donor inside the collection area

To become better acquainted with the expectations of the drug test collection process, please read the Department of Transportation’s Top 10 Steps to Collection Site Security and Integrity.

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

Treatment for Heroin Addiction is at an All-Time High

by Pablo Bolanos on July 27, 2015

Help.jpgThis month’s issue of CESAR FAX features data from the national Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS). The data shows the percentage of admissions to state-funded substance abuse treatment facilities citing heroin as primary substance of abuse has reached the highest level since data collection began back in 1992.

Opiates like morphine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone are commonly prescribed to treat pain, alleviate stress and improve sleep. Over the past decade, the abuse of these drugs has led to what has been referred to as a prescription drug misuse epidemic. When an individual is no longer able to receive or afford prescription opiates, they may turn to heroin as a more cost effective and perhaps readily available alternative to satisfy their addiction.

Heroin is an opioid compound similar to morphine, but possesses a higher potential for addiction and overdose. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those who are addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin. The CDC also reports that between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related deaths nearly quadrupled with more than 8,200 people dying from overdoses. With heroin use on the rise, it’s little wonder that more people are seeking treatment for heroin addiction than ever before. 

CESAR FAX provides a monthly, one-page summary of timely substance abuse trends and news. Read the latest issue for more information.

To learn more about illicit drugs like heroin, visit our website or contact us online.

Synthetic Drugs: Common Questions

July 24, 2015 Synthetic Drugs

In our recent webinar, Kim Samano, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow at Quest Diagnostics, discussed the pharmacological profiles and physiological effects of synthetic cannabinoids (SBCs) and designer stimulants known as “Bath Salts.” She explained the evolution of chemicals that help drug manufacturers to stay ahead of detection and the misperception of safety for these drugs that are often […]

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CDC Report Reveals Dramatic Rise In Heroin Use

July 21, 2015 Illicit Drugs

Heroin use is increasing across all demographics, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report reveals that more women and middle-class users are becoming addicted, while the largest increase is among those already dependent on prescription opiates. These results are consistent with the findings from the Quest […]

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Oregon’s Measure 91 Legalizes Marijuana

July 14, 2015 Industry News

On July 1, 2015, Oregon’s Measure 91 went in to effect, allowing individuals to carry up to one ounce of marijuana in public, possess up to eight ounces in their homes, and grow up to four plants per residence. It also allows businesses to begin the process of becoming licensed marijuana retail establishments. Oregon joins […]

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The Prescription Drug Misuse Epidemic

July 13, 2015 Industry News

For people with chronic and reoccurring pain, prescription opioids – like Hydrocodone and Oxycodone – not only relieve suffering, but can help support a normal lifestyle, alleviate stress and improve sleep. However, prescription opioids can be just as addictive and dangerous as illicit drugs. While data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ revealed recent […]

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Collection Site Zip Match

July 10, 2015 Collection Services

One of the advantages of working with Quest Diagnostics is having access to a nationwide network of more than 8,000 collection sites that collectively offer a wide variety of drug test specimen collection options – including urine, hair, oral fluid and instant. As a result, we help to make drug testing simple for your company […]

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The Impact of Medicinal Marijuana Laws

July 9, 2015 Illicit Drugs

A study performed by researchers at Florida International University and published in The International Journal of Drug Policy reveals that medicinal marijuana laws may have caused an increase in recreational marijuana use by juveniles. The study leveraged the largest national sample of drug users available, and accounted for other predictors of marijuana use, such as […]

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Employee Drug and Alcohol Testing Handbook

July 1, 2015 Alcohol

When will I be tested for drugs at my place of employment? What types of substances will I be tested for? Will my prescriptions interfere with my drug test results? Answers to these and other common drug testing questions can be found in the newly updated Employee Handbook from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). […]

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

June 26, 2015 Industry News

Drug abuse, addiction, trafficking, as well as prevention campaigns are focal points for communities around the world who aspire to build safer, healthier, drug-free environments. In an effort to keep top-of-mind awareness for the fight against drug abuse in the international community, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) established the International Day […]

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