Drug Test Collection

2017 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

by Pablo Bolanos on April 14, 2017

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, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project estimates that from 2005 to 2014 opioid-related emergency department visits increased 99%, from 89.1 to 177.7 per 100,000 people.

Sadly, many of these emergency department visits are fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 183,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription opioids from 1999 to 2015. One of these lethal opioids is fentanyl, a powerful drug prescribed to treat the severe, chronic pain associated with cancer and other diseases. In the past two decades, the Federal Drug Administration has received more than 30 reports of accidental exposure to the powerful pain medication found in fentanyl patches – most were children younger than two years old.

In an effort to avoid accidental prescription drug poisoning and other incidents of unintended exposure, all too often our first, well-meaning inclination may be to simply throw away or to flush old medications down the toilet. Although both options seem like reasonable solutions, if not done properly, these actions can have unintended consequences to the environment and may add to the circulation of unused medication.

For that reason, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) introduced the National Drug Take-Back Day in 2010. This semi-annual program provides safe disposal areas throughout the country for anyone to turn in their unused prescription medications, no strings attached. Nearing its 12th event, the initiative has successfully resulted in the disposal of an astonishing 3,208 tons of unused prescription drugs in more than 5,000 cities. The only way to do justice to the awesome amount of returned medications through this program is by looking at the numbers in a slightly different way:

Participating in programs like this can literally help save lives. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 7.1% of the population aged 12 or older misused prescription drugs in the past year. More than half (53.7%) of those individuals reported that they obtained the prescription pain relievers from a friend or relative. The most eye-opening statistic may be that our country faces a historic opioid epidemic that claimed more than 33,000 lives in 2015, the highest one-year toll on record.

If you’re unable to make it to an official drug take-back location, home disposal is always an option. That said, specific steps need to be taken for the safety of those in the home and the environment. For that reason, we’ve created a step-by-step guide for proper home disposal of unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

To learn more about the Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative and to locate a DEA approved disposal location collection site near you, visit the DEA’s event website.

I’m There: Charlie Sullivan

by Nicole Jupe on March 6, 2017

Charlie Sullivan believes that if we take care of our employees, in turn, they will take care of our customers. As a result, he trains and mentors his team to focus on providing a seamless experience at our collection sites so that a donor’s first impression is a positive one. He understands that our frontline teams impact people’s lives and make a difference in keeping our communities and workplaces safe.

In this month’s feature of our “I’m There” series, Charlie describes what we’re there when you need us means to him. Read the full story.

Employer Solutions shares a commitment to being there when our clients and colleagues need us – at every possible opportunity. Through the unique stories from our team, you’ll get a more personal perspective of what that commitment means to them. To learn more about this series, read our introductory post.

For more information about Employer Solutions, visit our website or contact us online.

Combating Cheating in Urine Drug Testing

July 18, 2016Urine testing

At Quest Diagnostics, we take the issue of subversion of the drug testing process very seriously. We continue to be pioneers in specimen validity testing (SVT) – a screening to help ensure the integrity of the urine specimen and drug test. We first patented our screening technology for oxidizing adulterants in 2000 and testified before […]

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

April 11, 2016News

Overdoses and deaths caused by prescription drug abuse have reached epidemic proportions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), an estimated 52 million people have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons at least once in their lifetimes. Consequences associated with prescription drug misuse have been well-documented. Some specific facts include: Twelve percent […]

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Collection Sites Outfitted for eCCF

February 5, 2016Collections

As we ramp up for the new Federal electronic Custody and Control Form (eCCF), developments and initiatives across our organization are nearly complete. After decades of using the traditional paper Custody and Control Form for drug testing ordering, specimen collection processing and chain of custody documentation for workplace drug testing, our collection sites are ready to use eCCF for […]

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Preparing for your transition to eCCF

January 11, 2016eCCF

We are busy making final preparations for the use of the Federal electronic Custody and Control Form, or eCCF, for regulated drug testing programs. An eCCF is an electronic version of the traditional, five-part, paper Custody and Control Form (CCF) – the document used for drug test ordering, specimen collection processing and chain of custody […]

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Preparing for a Drug Test Collection

July 30, 2015Collections

Our drug test collection site network consists of more than 8,000 locations across the country. To ensure that all donors receive a consistent, high-quality experience, collectors follow the same standardized processes at every location. Strict chain of custody procedures are used every step of the way to help control the integrity of the specimens and […]

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Drug Test Collections – Our Focus on Quality

July 30, 2013Collections

We hold our collection sites and team to the highest standards of quality and professionalism. No matter where we collect the specimen, whether at a collection site or on-site at your place of business, the same standardized processes are used from collection to results reporting. Strict chain of custody procedures are used every step of […]

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