Zika Spotlight: Frequently Asked Questions

August 9, 2017Drug Testing

The height of mosquito season has arrived and as we wrap up our summer clinical testing spotlight—Zika, Past, Present and Future—we realize that all of the information about the disease, its potential effects, and all of the preventive measures can be overwhelming. For that reason, we’ve narrowed down some of the most important points to […]

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An Exploration of Addiction: Trauma and Adult Substance Abuse

August 7, 2017Drug Testing

Our series has taken a closer look at the temptations of adolescent life and how experimentation and excess as young adults can feed substance use disorders. Sometimes trauma can push someone across the very thin line between a casual drug habit and addiction. As adults, we face endless challenges. Stress is a part of life […]

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Ask the Experts: Hair Drug Test Collections

August 4, 2017Hair testing

Question: How much hair is needed for a drug test? Rumors abound about exactly how much hair is snipped for a hair drug test. Some imagine they will suffer with a choppy, bad haircut or bald spot. Others fear they will lose their precious locks and require a hat wherever they go. In fact, quite […]

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Risk Management: New Trends in Workforce Drug Use

August 2, 2017Drug Testing

In the early afternoon of Jan. 4, 1987, an Amtrak train crashed into a locomotive 18 miles northeast of Baltimore, causing 16 deaths and dozens of injuries. In post-accident drug and alcohol testing, the engineer driving the train tested positive for marijuana, although no one noticed anything unusual about his behavior before the crash that […]

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Zika Spotlight: How to Prevent the Spread

July 28, 2017Drug Testing

Mosquitoes are often considered a nuisance, whose role in nature is questioned by anyone who has to do anything outdoors during the sweltering heat of the summer months. This is especially true when these insects carry infectious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. With mosquito season in full swing, our clinical spotlight for the summer focuses on the […]

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Drug Courts Evolve to Combat the Opioids Epidemic

July 26, 2017Drug Testing

Miami-Dade County, Florida, established the first drug court in in 1989 in response to the explosion of crack cocaine use. Since that time, the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) estimates that more than 3,000 drug and problem-solving courts have been created. Increasingly, treatment courts specialize on specific populations of addicted offenders. It is not uncommon […]

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What to Expect at a Drug Test Collection

July 21, 2017Drug Testing

Your shirt is pressed, your haircut is fresh, and you’ve rehearsed all possible scenarios for this interview as your hopeful journey for a new employment opportunity begins. Thankfully, the state of today’s economy may work in your favor, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 90% of states are currently experiencing stable […]

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I’m There: Cecilia Melgar

July 20, 2017We're There

Being part of our technical team means delivering on our promise of accurate drug testing coupled with exceptional service. As a Certifying Scientist in our West Hills, California laboratory, Cecilia is eager to learn from cross-training and new experiences. In this month’s feature of our “I’m There” series, Cecilia describes what we’re there when you need […]

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Ask the Experts: Drug Testing Cutoffs

July 18, 2017Drug Testing

Question: Can you explain cutoff levels for laboratory-based drug testing? In workplace drug testing, the industry standard process involves two-tiered testing – an initial screen on one portion of the specimen, followed by a confirmatory test on a second portion of the original specimen. The initial test is designed to separate negative specimens from further […]

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SHRM in the Big Easy

July 13, 2017Drug Testing

New Orleans has a rich history that spans back to the 1700s. The city’s pulse beats through marvelous jazz musicians, street performers, and some of the world’s most diverse and delicious food. No other city in the United States quite compares. This eclectic stage lent itself to a lively conference held by the Society for […]

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