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Webinar: Navigating Global Drug Testing

by Pablo Bolanos on November 10, 2016

Navigating Global Drug TestingDrug use is prevalent throughout the world. According to the 2015 World Drug Report, an estimated 246 million people have used an illicit drug in 2013 and about 27 million people suffer from drug addiction. For that reason, drug testing is crucial for international businesses when hiring new applicants or making decisions about current employees.

In the United States, workplace drug testing helps companies reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and establish safe, drug-free work environments by deterring substance abuse. Abroad, the benefits of testing are the same, yet not widely understood. In addition, companies who conduct business globally can sometimes struggle to find resources and well-informed providers to help them work through complex challenges.

Our upcoming webinar: Navigating Global Drug Testing will help bridge that knowledge gap. Our international drug testing service experts will guide you through the most common questions associated with administering global drug testing and discuss how clear expectations, a broad logistics network, and single point of contact are the pillars of an effective program.

Key topics will include:

  • Data privacy
  • Drug test turnaround times
  • Collection network coverage
  • Logistics and customs
  • Common issues and case studies

Join us on Wednesday, December 7 at 1 p.m. CT as Quest Diagnostics Coleen Volksdorf, Senior Manager, International Field Operations and Services, and Summer Schippers, International Services Specialist, clear the path to creating a successful, drug-free workplace program abroad.

Register now.

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Drug Abuse Spans the Globe

by Pablo Bolanos on October 3, 2016

worddrugreportimageThe percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs has steadily increased over the last three years to a 10-year high according to the latest Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ data. In the United States, the media spotlight on drug-related topics, such as the opioid epidemic, frame drug abuse and addiction as issues primarily experienced in America. If drug use is widespread domestically, what does the international drug use picture look like and what are the societal consequences associated with drug abuse and addiction abroad?

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Drug Report, a quarter of a billion people between ages of 15 and 64 used at least one drug in 2014. A number so large it is equivalent to the combined populations of France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The comprehensive report highlights reasons for the rise in drug use as well as related geographical impacts.

The AmericasHeroin and morphine seizures rose to 7 tons per year over the time period of 2009-2014, and opium production in Latin American doubled from 151 tons per year to 309 tons per year over the same period of time.

Colombia – In 2014, the total area cultivating cocoa bush (the base for what eventually becomes cocaine,) accounted for 52 percent of global coca bush cultivation.

Europe – Eastern and Southeastern Europe see the highest prevalence of injecting drug use with 1.27 percent of the total European population aged 15-65 using intravenous drugs.

Islamic Republic of Iran – A study at an opioid substitution treatment clinic in the Zahedan Province showed that methamphetamine use among opioid users in treatment increased from 6 percent in 2009 to almost 20 percent in 2011.

Morocco – During 2009-2014, Morocco was the world’s largest producer of cannabis resin (hashish), closely followed by Afghanistan, Lebanon, India, and Pakistan.

Southeast Asia – In 2014, people receiving treatment for methamphetamine use accounted for the largest share of people treated for drug use in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, The Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand.

teenagedrugusegraphAddiction is universal. For that reason, early prevention efforts through treatment and social awareness are crucial to help decrease the detrimental effects of drug use around the world.

Quest Diagnostics provides robust resources to help educate the public on what drugs are, their effects, and how drug testing can help workplaces remain drug-free. Although industries outside of the U.S. are affected by substance abuse, global standards for workplace drug prevention programs are not consistent. For that reason, we have a dedicated team of experts who can help to manage the components of international drug testing such as import/export customs, collector training, and logistics to help provide a uniform standard.

To learn more about international drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Increased Drug Use Fuels Global Drug Testing Market

July 14, 2016 International testing

Drug use continues to make headlines, from the rise in marijuana use, to the recently publicized opioid epidemic and the continued danger posed by synthetic drugs. Less publicized is the impact of drug abuse on companies and society, and the search for ways to combat it. One solution that more policy-makers, employers and individuals are […]

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The United Kingdom has the Highest Cocaine Use in Europe

June 22, 2016 Illicit drugs

Often associated with rock stars and the “social elite,” cocaine has a long history of use dating back to its origins as a medicinal compound in the late 19th century. Cocaine use reached its peak during the disco era in the 1970s and 80s. Recently, there has been a resurgence of cocaine use, and its […]

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International Drug Testing Q&A

June 14, 2016 International testing

In the United States, workplace drug testing helps companies reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and establish safer drug-free work environments by deterring substance abuse. Abroad, the benefits of workplace drug testing programs are generally not as widely understood and resources used for educating employers are not as readily available. Drug use is prevalent throughout the world. […]

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International Drug Testing Questions & Answers

September 12, 2014 International testing

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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