Starting a drug testing program – 3 key decisions

If you’re considering implementing a drug test program in your workplace, there are three main decisions you should seriously consider.

Decision #1 – Should you start a drug testing program?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol abuse costs the United States an estimated $276 billion a year, with much of the cost resulting from lost work productivity and increased healthcare spending. Helping to offset these costs, drug testing programs have been shown to improve employee morale and productivity; decrease absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover and theft while leading to better health among employees and family members and the decreased use of medical benefits. All said, it’s our opinion that drug testing makes for safer, more productive workplaces.

Decision #2 – Which specimen type should you choose to maximize the benefits of your new drug testing program?

Choosing the optimal specimen type is an important decision. The optional solution will allow you to achieve your program’s goals, whereas the wrong decision may not completely align with your desired outcomes. Take some time to fully understand the benefits, testing time, detection window, turnaround time and other key elements of each specimen type. Our Drug Testing Solutions At-A-Glance brochure highlights these and other key criteria.

Decision #3 – Which laboratory provider should you choose?

We might be a little bit biased, but it’s our belief that this decision might be the simplest of all. As a leader in the drug testing industry, we provide a broad range of test types across our national laboratory and collection site network. And while fast, reliable, accurate drug test results are the foundation of our business, we also pride ourselves in providing exceptional customer service through our commitment to showing that we’re there when you need us.

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