Winter Storm Juno Arrives

by Nicole Jupe on January 27, 2015

winter-storm-juno-snowDue to Winter Storm Juno, Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers (PSCs) in New York, New Jersey and New England will not open on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Weather reports say the storm “is pounding New England with heavy snow, coastal flooding and wind gusts.”  Blizzard warnings are in effect for 6 states and New York City is under a winter storm warning.

Our West Norriton, PA laboratory operations were normal on Monday night. The lab received drug testing specimens from Boston and New York City. Results will be reported as usual.

We encourage you to call ahead and verify service hours for any location, both PSCs and preferred collection sites, in the path of the blizzard. If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact our National Customer Support Center at (800) 877-7484.

Thank you for your patience.

Preparing for Winter Storm Juno

by Nicole Jupe on January 26, 2015

winter-storm-junoThe Northeast is bracing for Winter Storm Juno which is forecasted to bring high snowfall amounts and blizzard conditions from today until Wednesday, January 28.

Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers (PSCs) and laboratories in the region may adjust their hours of operation as we encourage our patients, donors and employees to remain safe.

Our drug testing business operates four SAMHSA-certified laboratories, which are strategically located around the country. This footprint allows us to not only deliver fast result turnaround times, but also to reroute specimens to different locations in the event of an emergency event or inclement weather. If the storm does impact our Pennsylvania laboratory, rest assured that we will do everything possible to avoid significant testing delays.

Our dedicated team continues to do everything we can do show that we’re there for clients. For additional updates in the coming days, please continue to visit our blog.

Report Examines Marijuana’s Impact in Colorado and Washington

January 7, 2015 Industry News

Recreational marijuana use has increased in all age groups in the states where it is legal according to a new report released by Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) called Lessons After Two Years of Legalization. The report reviews the available data “to accurately evaluate the consequences and costs of marijuana legalization in Washington and Colorado.” […]

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Marijuana Edibles are Trending with Teens

December 30, 2014 Industry News

With the ongoing changes to legislation surrounding marijuana, an emerging market for the edible form of the drug has a new found and growing following among teenagers living in medical marijuana states. In addition to a rise in popularity, the perception of edibles as being less dangerous is also on the rise – a troubling trend […]

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

December 18, 2014 Alcohol

The holiday season is a special time for family and friends to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. While many of these celebrations involve the consumption of alcohol, it is imperative for people to think twice before getting behind the wheel. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows […]

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CNN Reports on Synthetic Drugs

December 16, 2014 Synthetic Drugs

Media sources across the country report tragic accounts of the dangerous consequences of taking synthetic drugs. These stories often involve teens who may assume that synthetic drugs are safe because they are sold and marketed by retailers as a “legal high.” CNN recently reported a story out of North Dakota where a group of teenagers […]

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Hair Testing and the Drug Testing Index

December 10, 2014 Hair Testing

Compared to other drug test specimen types like urine and oral fluid, hair testing is often preferred for evaluating long-term patterns of drug use. Once the ingested drugs have had time to grow into the hair, and based on the length of hair normally tested, hair testing is able to detect a pattern of repetitive […]

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Reducing Risk with Workplace Drug Testing

December 8, 2014 Quest News

Do you know how many adult illicit drug users are employed?  Do you know the annual costs of drug use in the workplace in terms of accidents, absenteeism and lost productivity? We benchmark positivity trends based on workplace drug test results and publish the findings each year in the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI), […]

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New Oral-Eze Packaging

December 4, 2014 Oral Fluid Testing

Quest Diagnostics recently revealed new and improved packaging for Oral-Eze®, our oral fluid collection system for drug testing. While the device itself has not changed, the new packaging features more elaborate illustrations on the instructions, the addition of a bar code for use by the manufacturer and a CE mark for our international customers. In […]

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Detection of Recent Usage of Marijuana Continues to Increase Significantly in Oral Fluid Testing

November 20, 2014 Illicit Drugs

Compared to other drug test specimen types like urine, and especially hair, oral fluid generally detects drugs sooner after use. It takes time for drugs, like marijuana, to metabolize and pass through the donor’s system, but an oral fluid test will often detect the presence of drugs almost immediately after use. As such, oral fluid […]

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