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Drug Testing Do’s and Don’ts

by Pablo Bolanos on November 14, 2017

Its 6:00 a.m. and the sound of your alarm fills the calm morning air. You’re certain that wonderful wake up sound is a bit early and hit snooze to catch a bit more rest. You finally wake up and when you do, you’re immediately hopeful, because today could mark the beginning of a new chapter. As you sit down next to your closest friend—coffee—you take a moment to reflect on your journey and replay the steps you’ve taken to change one of the most important aspects of your life—where you work.

During the past month, you’ve written down potential interview questions, calmed your nerves during face-to-face meetings, and rehearsed the perfect tone when you assert yourself as the best-suited candidate for the job. Prospective employers met you, listened, and got to know you better, and, at last, one manager recognized that your talent would be a great fit for the team and made you a conditional job offer. Before walking proudly into your new job, there is one last step—you must complete and pass a drug test.

As the most common reason for testing, a pre-employment drug test, helps employers proactively protect themselves from the negative impacts of hiring a drug user. The process kicks off when an employer gives the candidate instructions to provide a urine, oral fluid or hair drug test specimen. The test is typically conducted at an off-site location like a Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Center by a professional test administrator. It’s significant to note that the drug testing process is standardized across our network, meaning the same strict regimen occurs no matter which Quest site you visit. Our staff is trained to be welcoming, respectful, and to consistently follow strict guidelines.

Your part in the process is simple, yet equally important, to ensuring a successful drug test collection. With the goal of making sure that you, as well as others in the waiting area, have a safe and pleasant experience, we have compiled 10 helpful tips:

 

For information about your upcoming drug test from Quest, visit our website or contact us online.

Accept the Challenge: Drug-free Work Week

by Pablo Bolanos on October 13, 2017

Today someone, somewhere in the U.S., will miss work, dodge deadlines, shift their work to others, and eventually leave a position vacant. Drug and alcohol abuse can be one of the contributing factors for absenteeism, lost productivity, and eventually turnover.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 7% of adults employed full-time and 9% of those employed part-time currently use illegal drugs. In fact, more than 60% of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Additionally, American companies lose billions of dollars each year due to problems related to employee alcohol and drug use on the job, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. As a result, many employers have implemented drug-free workplace programs to help filter out drug and alcohol use to protect their company and employees.

In 2006, the U.S. Department of Labor initiated the National Drug-Free Work Week in an effort to improve safety and well-being in the construction industry. In the past decade, a wide range of industries have joined the cause to help emphasize the importance of a drug-free workforce. The National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance (NDWA) has taken the reigns and developed helpful resources to heighten awareness and provide education about drug use in the workplace.

This year’s Drug-Free Work Week runs from October 16-21. Some available campaign materials include:

  • Ideas to support Drug-Free Work Week
  • Marijuana and driving
  • Marijuana in the workplace
  • Prescription drugs and the workplace
  • Parent resources

You can help by spreading the word to encourage your organization to participate in activities designed to encourage a safe, drug-free, healthy work environment – reflecting the true spirit of Drug-Free Work Week.

Download resources from the NDWA website.

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

2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 14, 2017News

An ambulance blazes by a sea of idling cars in the midst of evening rush-hour. Weaving through traffic, the EMT’s singular goal is to arrive at the emergency room as quickly as possible. The passenger is a victim of accidental prescription drug poisoning. This scenario plays out daily in cities across the country. In fact, […]

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See the eCCF Difference for Yourself

April 7, 2017Drug Testing

If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine how much a 3-minute video can say about electronic custody and control forms (eCCFs). Since we launched eCCF in January, clients have been asking for more information about how it works and the advantages it can bring to their regulated and non-regulated drug testing programs. The […]

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Drug Test Collections When You Need Them

March 31, 2017Collections

Every accident is different, as are the causes behind them. And while the environment, human error, and equipment failures are frequent causes, all too often we also see the use of alcohol and drugs playing an influential role. According to the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™, the percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce […]

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By the Numbers: Going Green with eCCF

March 1, 2017By the Numbers

Our By the Numbers blog series takes a closer look at the numbers, facts, data, and outputs that impact workplace drug testing programs. In this post, we examine the environmental impact of moving from paper-based custody and control forms (CCF) to electronic custody and control forms (eCCF). Paper-based CCFs have been a mainstay of the drug testing […]

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2017 Random Testing Rate

December 21, 2016News

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced last week that the minimum annual drug testing rate will remain at 25 percent for 2017. Visit the ODAPC website to see a helpful graphic, which outlines the annual minimum drug and alcohol random testing rates established within DOT Agencies and the United States […]

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Ask the Experts: Getting Started with eCCF

December 21, 2016Webinars

Our recent Gain the eCCF Advantage webinar was well received by many in the drug testing industry. Throughout the presentation, our audience posed a number of questions. Answers to the most frequent and important inquiries from the webinar are provided below as part of our ongoing effort to simplify the complexities of electronic Custody and […]

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Gain the eCCF Advantage Webinar Highlights

November 18, 2016Webinars

In Tuesday’s webinar, experts from Quest Diagnostics shared the benefits of using electronic custody and control forms (eCCF) in federally-regulated drug testing. Charlie Sullivan, Director of Collection Services, and Barbara Rowland, Director of Laboratory Operations, discussed the due diligence it took for Quest to gain HHS National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP) approval and the impacts […]

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Gain the eCCF Advantage Webinar

November 4, 2016Webinars

It’s not too late to get the inside scoop on what you need to know to easily integrate eCCF into your drug testing program by attending our upcoming webinar called “Gain the eCCF Advantage.” Join us on Tuesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. CT as Quest Diagnostics drug testing experts, Charlie Sullivan, Director of Collection […]

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