New to Drug Testing

New to Drug Testing: Over but Not Out

by Landon Todd on May 1, 2014

Image of Specimen CollectionWeek #52

Like the late Geoffrey Chaucer once said, “All good things must come to an end.” So it is with this weekly New to Drug Testing column. It really is hard to believe that it’s been a year since my first post. Over the last 52 weeks, I hope you found this column to be both educational and entertaining.

Throughout my journey, I’ve been fortunate to be able to leverage a number of different resources in order to learn the ropes. Many times, I relied on our industry experts such as Dr. Barry Sample, Randy Clouette, Doug Meiser and a host of others who helped guide me. These peers have years of knowledge and wisdom to share. However, industry veterans can’t teach us everything, so I encourage you to use the same resources I used during my journey – attend industry conferences, view educational webinars, subscribe to newsletters, follow LinkedIn pages and complete online training.

I’m 12 months into my role, and now I understand enough about the industry to know that I have a lot more to learn. I’ve also come to realize that I’m not the only one who needs to continue my education. With ongoing changes in legislation and the emergence of new drugs, it seems there is always something to learn in this ever-changing industry. As such, whether you’ve been in the industry for two weeks or twenty years, in some ways, we are all new to drug testing.

As a new employee at Quest Diagnostics, there’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t learn something new about the world of drug testing. Like some of you, I have a lot to learn about the industry. During my first year of employment, I’m going to write this weekly column highlighting drug testing procedures, products and processes as I discover them. To learn more about my journey, you can read my introductory post.

New to Drug Testing: We’re There

by Landon Todd on April 23, 2014

Image of PhilosophyWeek #51

During my educational journey this past year, I had the opportunity to meet many colleagues across several departments of our business. Throughout these months of learning, I noticed that each of these people had a story to tell of a time when they were able to help a client in need. Whether it was a customer service representative who took a phone call after hours, or a laboratory technician who worked a longer shift to process an extra specimen, each of my colleagues had an example of a time when they were there for our clients.

As the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, we perform more than eight million drug tests every year. We also provide a comprehensive range of laboratory-based and on-site drug testing products designed to deliver fast, accurate, reliable results. But our dedication to excellence does not stop there. We believe it’s not enough to simply deliver results, but instead we strive to be there for our clients through every step of the drug testing process – from the specimen collection to results reporting.

We pride ourselves on the fact that at every possible opportunity, we’re there when you need us. When you look around our business, this philosophy is manifested on every team. You don’t have to take my word for it. Watch a video of a Quest Diagnostics drug testing employee as they share their unique story about a time when they went above and beyond to exceed a client’s expectations.

As a new employee at Quest Diagnostics, there’s hardly a day that goes by that I don’t learn something new about the world of drug testing. Like some of you, I have a lot to learn about the industry. During my first year of employment, I’m going to write this weekly column highlighting drug testing procedures, products and processes as I discover them. To learn more about my journey, you can read my introductory post.

New to Drug Testing: Medical Professional Panels

April 17, 2014New to Drug Testing

Week #50 The other day, I found myself wondering how different types of employers work to deter drug use. I recently visited my family physician for my annual checkup. After the examination, he took a pad of paper and wrote me a prescription for some allergy medication. I happened to be working on a new […]

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New to Drug Testing: Webinars

April 10, 2014New to Drug Testing

Week #49 Even though I’ve worked for Quest Diagnostics for almost a year, there is still plenty of information I have yet to learn. Regardless of your tenure or experience with workplace drug testing, it can sometimes be a challenge to maintain your proficiency and to find time for ongoing education. For that reason, we […]

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New to Drug Testing: Post-Accident Testing

April 4, 2014New to Drug Testing

Week #48 I use three major highways to get to and from work every day, and it’s almost a guarantee that I will drive by a car accident. Having been in the drug and alcohol testing industry for almost a year, I started to wonder how many of these accidents were influenced by drugs or […]

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New to Drug Testing: Medical Review Officer

March 28, 2014New to Drug Testing

Week #47 During my first week of employment at Quest Diagnostics, I took a tour of our SAMHSA-certified laboratory. It was my opportunity to see, firsthand, the instruments that are used during the drug testing process. But what I wasn’t able to see was what happens with the results once the testing process is complete. […]

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New to Drug Testing: Random Testing

March 20, 2014New to Drug Testing

Week #46 Last week, I shared my experience of completing a pre-employment drug test – which helps prevent the hiring of individuals who use drugs. While keeping drug users from being hired is important, deterring current employees from using drugs is just as vital. Random drug testing serves two important purposes – it can help […]

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New to Drug Testing: Pre-Employment Screening

March 13, 2014New to Drug Testing

Week #45 Before I was offered a position at Quest Diagnostics, I had to pass a pre-employment drug test. Employers, including Quest Diagnostics, implement drug-free workplace programs to protect their workforce from the negative impacts of employee drug abuse. There are several drug testing programs available, such as random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing, but […]

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New to Drug Testing: Oral Fluid Testing

March 5, 2014Oral Fluid testing

Week #44 Before I joined Quest Diagnostics, I assumed urine was the only specimen used for drug testing. But over the last 44 weeks, I learned there are a variety of specimen types and each one presents a distinct set of benefits for different drug testing programs. While urine is the industry standard for drug […]

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New to Drug Testing: Synthetic Stimulants

February 28, 2014Synthetic drugs

Week #43 A few months ago, I wrote a blog entry about Synthetic Cannabinoids. These drugs are created from plant material that has been sprayed with man-made chemicals which simulate the effects produced by marijuana. But there is another designer drug that I didn’t mention, Synthetic Stimulants (“Bath Salts”). These drugs impact the central nervous […]

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