Drug Testing

Name that Drug: Seemingly Superhuman

by Pablo Bolanos on June 23, 2017

DATIA focus magazine is a quarterly publication of the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) that provides up-to-date resources and information for the drug and alcohol testing industry. As a top publication in our industry, DATIA focus features content on leading innovations, research, and industry trends.

The publication features in-depth articles that discuss trends, the effects of drugs, legal implications of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, and advancements in testing. Quest Diagnostics authors are featured in a popular column called “Name that Drug,” which draws in readers with interesting facts about an unidentified legal or illegal drug leading up to its reveal.

“Seemingly Superhuman” in the spring edition was written by Dr. Steven Sykes, Scientific Director and Nicole Jupe, Marketing Manager, at Quest Diagnostics and describes a substance that was sought after for its mind-altering highs but also earned a reputation for inciting violence. Give the article a read and see if you can solve the mystery.

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ESP: Simplicity from Start to Finish

by Steve Beller on June 21, 2017

When technology is at its best, it combines powerful functionality with intuitive design. The Employer Solutions Portal (ESP) drug testing portal is a great example of this combination. But don’t take our word for it. A longtime client recently wrote us to say, “With ESP, we can set up templates and minimize data entry. It’s so easy, we basically enter the top information and that’s it. Compared to other drug testing portals, it’s efficient and easy to use.” All of the key functionalities, from ordering tests to tracking specimen statuses until the final results are released, are available right from the dashboard. ESP enables Quest Diagnostics customers to manage their drug testing program from a single portal. With ESP, users can:

  • Generate drug test orders using only four fields of data
  • Obtain real-time status updates throughout the screening process
  • Receive email notifications the minute results are available

Learn more about our one-stop drug testing portal by visiting the ESP webpage or downloading our video.

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I’m There: Laron Nelson

June 19, 2017Drug Testing

Always racing against time, Laron Nelson, Technical Forensic Processor, greets thousands of packages with a smile and an eagerness to get them moving throughout our Lenexa, KS laboratory. He is part of the specimen processing team that must always work quickly and efficiently because our clients trust Quest to deliver timely, accurate drug test results. […]

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Top 10 Drug Testing Tips for HR

June 16, 2017Drug Testing

Human Resources professionals serve as trusted advisors offering insights and guidance on a variety of topics such as staffing, benefits, compensation, and employee engagement. Ultimately, the role centers on making a positive impact for the workforce and retaining high-performing employees that drive results. As the labor market tightens, the importance of effective recruitment strategies has […]

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Mapping Drug Use in the U.S. Workforce

June 9, 2017Drug Testing

Which drugs are popular in my county? How does workplace drug use in my state compare to the rest of the country? Has drug use in the American workforce changed significantly during the past decade? Employers, media, government, and policymakers frequently look to Quest Diagnostics for insights about their specific geographies. These inquiries are especially […]

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Cocaine Continues Upward Trend

June 1, 2017Drug Testing

Cocaine is derived from the coca plant native to South America where many chew its leaves to squash pain, thirst, hunger, and fatigue. By the 1880s, doctors as famous as Sigmund Freud were studying cocaine as a “miracle drug” as an anesthetic for surgery and for a variety of health conditions including anxiety, addiction, and […]

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Celebrate a Life-changing Alternative

May 22, 2017Drug Testing

May is National Drug Court Month. It is a time to raise awareness of drug courts and celebrate a successful strategy for cutting crime and saving lives. It is estimated that each year, drug court programs help 150,000 participants restore their lives by providing an alternative to incarceration and a drug-dependent lifestyle. The first drug […]

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Increases in Illicit Drugs, Including Cocaine, Drive Workforce Drug Positivity to Highest Rate in 12 Years

May 16, 2017Drug Testing

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reveals insights into patterns of drug use among the American workforce. It has been published annually for more than 25 years as a public service for government, employers, policymakers, media, and the general public. This year’s report will be presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association […]

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Prescription Misuse Epidemic Affects 7 in 10 Employers

May 11, 2017Drug Testing

As one of the nation’s leading safety advocates, the National Safety Council (NSC) spotlights issues in an effort to “eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” The organization has identified prescription drug misuse as one of its key safety issues because of the […]

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Employers Paying the Price of Substance Abuse

May 9, 2017Drug Testing

Substance abuse in the workplace is increasing. For the past several years, data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ has shown an increase in drug test positivity in the American workforce. We knew that employee drug use was costly to businesses in turnover, absenteeism, accidents, and insurance. However, the actual cost employers bear for […]

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