Drug Testing Index

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:

 

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Hair Drug Test Procedures

by Pablo Bolanos on November 7, 2017

Hair drug testing can help employers detect habitual use by job applicants and employees. Its primary benefit when compared to other types of drug testing is its long detection window. Additionally, the process requires a small specimen of hair cut under direct supervision, making it difficult to tamper or cheat.  When compared with urine testing, hair testing tends to provide a greater number of positives due to its 90 day-detection window, making it an excellent option for pre-employment and random drug testing programs.

To reap the benefits of hair drug testing, as with all other forms of drug testing, one crucial step must be well executed—the collection of the specimen. We hold our collection services team to the highest standards of quality and professionalism and offer comprehensive training to perform a proper collection. That said, hair collections can be complex and challenging. Individuals are naturally apprehensive about having their hair cut. However, our professional collectors are experienced and proficient in cutting only a small, required amount of hair—just enough required for—laboratory testing.

We’ve created a hair collection guide to share as a reference tool for everyone involved in your workplace drug testing program, including your human resources team, field recruiters, executive leadership, and anyone who wants to learn more about the steps in a hair drug collection testing process.

Our guide emphasizes:

  • Collector preparation prior to obtaining the hair specimen
  • Collection of the hair specimen—typically cut from the crown and the back of the head in a way it will not be noticeable
  • Utilizing the hair testing kit to properly wrap the hair specimen for transport to the lab
  • Completion of the chain-of-custody process at the collection site
  • Examples of incorrect hair drug test collections to illustrate what not to do

Download our Hair Testing Specimen Procedures and Information guide.

For more information about hair drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

I’m There: Claudia Padilla

October 16, 2017We're There

Teamwork cannot exist if we don’t acknowledge what makes the team work. Claudia Padilla, Key Account Manager, works to see the human who wrote the email and the individual talking on the other side of the phone. She believes in the power of connections and how those relationships strengthen a partnership between our clients and […]

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Accept the Challenge: Drug-free Work Week

October 13, 2017Drugs & Alcohol

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 […]

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Addiction Recovery: A Celebration of Life

September 6, 2017Drugs & Alcohol

“Recovery makes me feel like that empty space in my heart is finally filled. I have the motivation and drive that I have never experienced before. For the first time in my life, I believe I have a purpose, and I am so much more than just a hopeless junkie sentenced to a life of […]

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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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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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Zika Spotlight: Past, Present, and Future

July 11, 2017Drug Testing

“At first I thought Emanuelle was just a tiny baby but I noticed she wasn’t developing like my nephew of the same age. At four months she couldn’t sit down properly and was very floppy and didn’t move around at lot.” Emanuelle’s mother, Vanessa, found out the heart-breaking news that her baby had a mild […]

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Name That Drug: Seemingly Superhuman

June 23, 2017Drug Testing

DATIA focus magazine is a quarterly publication of the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) that provides up-to-date resources and information. As a top publication in our industry, DATIA focus features content on leading innovations, research, and current trends. The publication features in-depth articles that discuss trends, the effects of drugs, legal implications of drug and alcohol […]

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Series: An Exploration of Addiction

March 21, 2017Blog Series

The term “recreational” defines as an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working. Skiing, knitting, sporting leagues, and book clubs are examples of recreational activities that can enhance our overall life experience. Recreational is also a word used to describe the casual use of mind-altering substances such as drugs and alcohol. Because recreational […]

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