Tracking the Trends webinarThe Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) is arguably the industry’s longest standing, most frequently relied upon resource for drug use patterns within the American workforce. Our presenter, Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology, Quest Diagnostics, is responsible gathering, publishing and interpreting the trends found within the data.

Join us on Tuesday, October 7 at 1 p.m. CT for a webinar, “Tracking the Trends: Insights from the Drug Testing Index,” that will highlight key findings and the latest drug test positivity data by workforce type, testing reason, drug category and specimen type. Register now.

Annual SAPAA Conference

by Landon Todd on September 17, 2014

SAPAA PosterThe mission of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA) is to establish, promote and communicate the highest standards of quality, integrity and professionalism in the administration of workplace substance abuse prevention programs through education, training and the exchange of ideas.

As a platinum sponsor of this year’s SAPAA conference, we couldn’t be more excited about this gathering of thought leaders and experts from across the drug testing industry. We believe in SAPAA’s mission and we’re honored 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 able to show that We’re There When You Need Us™ is more than just a slogan, 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 invite you to connect with us at the event on September 24-27 in Richmond, VA. If you plan to attend the conference, stop by booths #4 and #7 to learn more about our lab-based and instant drug testing products and services. And join us on Friday, September 26 at 10:45 A.M. to hear industry experts, Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology at Quest Diagnostics, and D. Faye Caldwell discuss “When is Marijuana a street drug and when is it a medicine?”

Webinar: 12 Common (and Costly) Employer Mistakes

September 15, 2014 Quest News

According to the U.S. government, 11 percent of full-time adult workforce regularly engages in illegal drug use. Substance abuse can pose many serious risks for employers including increased losses in productivity, absenteeism, turnover, health care costs, product defects and – most importantly – accidents. More companies are implementing comprehensive substance abuse prevention policies and programs […]

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International Drug Testing Questions & Answers

September 12, 2014 Industry News

Quest Diagnostics is a sponsor at this year’s International Forum for Drug & Alcohol Testing (IFDAT) conference in Belfast, Ireland. The conference enables employers and industry providers to share best practices, learn about new developments, and find ways to improve efficiencies in the international employee screening process. Coleen Volksdorf, Manager of International Services at Quest Diagnostics, […]

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Drug Testing Index: Workforce Drug Test Positivity Rate Increases

September 11, 2014 Quest News

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) measures positivity trends based on workplace drug test results. The findings are published as a public service for government, media and industry and are considered a benchmark for national trends. The DTI report examines positivity rates – the proportion of positive results for each drug compared to all […]

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Ask the Experts – Under the Influence

September 8, 2014 Ask the Experts

Question: Marijuana legislation is impacting the state in which I run my business. I’ve heard that oral fluid is the best drug test specimen type for determining whether an employee is under the influence of drugs – particularly marijuana – while they’re at work. Is this true? This is a newly emerging and complex issue that is most […]

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Marijuana Legalization and Employee Drug Testing: Outdated or Necessary?

September 5, 2014 Industry News

Last week the Washington Post published an informative article authored by Dr. Robert DuPont, a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. The article – Pot is becoming legal in more places, but we should drug test employees anyways – presents Dr. DuPont’s perspectives on marijuana, workplace drug testing, and how they fit together. Click […]

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Ask the Experts: Urine – The ‘Gold Standard’ of Drug Testing

August 28, 2014 Ask the Experts

Question: Why is urine testing the most frequently used method for drug testing? Businesses that drug test their applicants and employees do so to minimize their exposure to the risks of employee drug use. While all drug test specimen types – urine, oral fluid and hair – have their advantages, urine drug testing is by […]

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National Drug Early Warning System

August 26, 2014 Industry News

Synthetic drug use presents unique challenges for employers to navigate. As a relatively new phenomenon, the existence of these drugs is neither widely known nor understood. Hundreds of different compounds are used to create these designer drugs, and with so many different combinations available, it can be challenging to identify them. The Center for Substance […]

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Name that Drug – Pain Game: The Substitute Player

August 20, 2014 Quest 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 Dr. Vinnette Batiste […]

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