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ESP: Simplicity from Start to Finish

by Steve Beller on June 21, 2017

When technology is at its best, it combines powerful functionality with intuitive design. The Employer Solutions Portal (ESP) drug testing portal is a great example of this combination. But don’t take our word for it. A longtime client recently wrote us to say, “With ESP, we can set up templates and minimize data entry. It’s so easy, we basically enter the top information and that’s it. Compared to other drug testing portals, it’s efficient and easy to use.” All of the key functionalities, from ordering tests to tracking specimen statuses until the final results are released, are available right from the dashboard. ESP enables Quest Diagnostics customers to manage their drug testing program from a single portal. With ESP, users can:

  • Generate drug test orders using only four fields of data
  • Obtain real-time status updates throughout the screening process
  • Receive email notifications the minute results are available

Learn more about our one-stop drug testing portal by visiting the ESP webpage or downloading our video.

For additional information on drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Cocaine Continues Upward Trend

by Nicole Jupe on June 1, 2017

Cocaine is derived from the coca plant native to South America where many chew its leaves to squash pain, thirst, hunger, and fatigue. By the 1880s, doctors as famous as Sigmund Freud were studying cocaine as a “miracle drug” as an anesthetic for surgery and for a variety of health conditions including anxiety, addiction, and pain. However, by the turn of the 20th century, fatalities were associated with cocaine and an article in The New York Times by Dr. Edward Huntington Williams warned of the drug’s dangers, calling its effects “cocaine-craze insanity.” In 1914, Congress passed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Act which banned the non-medical use of cocaine in the United States. Today, cocaine is classified as a Schedule II controlled narcotic with a high potential for abuse, which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.

After an analysis of more than ten million workplace drug tests, cocaine made headlines in this year’s Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) report because its positivity rose 12 percent in 2016, reaching a seven-year high of 0.28 percent. The data also pointed to a trend of consecutive year increases of cocaine positivity rates for both the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive and general U.S. workforces. Over time, cocaine positivity has fluctuated in the U.S. general workforce with its highest level of 0.91 percent in 1998 and its lowest positivity rate of 0.23 percent in 2012 according the the DTI.

“In addition, the positivity rate for cocaine in post-accident urine drug tests was more than twice that of pre-employment drug tests, and was also higher than the rate in random drug tests for both the federally-mandated, safety-sensitive and the general U.S. workforces. While a positive test doesn’t prove drug use caused the accident, it raises the question as to whether it played a role,” said Barry Sample, PhD, Senior Director of Science and Technology, Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions.

The most current findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health tell us:

  • An estimated 8.2 percent of adults (aged 26 or older), or 17.1 million people, currently use an illicit drug
  • 580,000 young adults (ages 18-25) and 1.2 million adults currently use cocaine
  • Approximately 31,000 adolescents (ages 12-17), 229,000 young adults, and 637,000 adults suffer from a cocaine use disorder, pointing to dependence and recurrent use that affects health and responsibilities at work, home, or school

Visit QuestDiagnostics.com/DTI for the full report and data.

To search for cocaine positivity rates by 3-digit zip code in the United States for the past 10 years, visit QuestDiagnostics.com/DrugMap.

Download our new Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index brochure.

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

Increases in Illicit Drugs, Including Cocaine, Drive Workforce Drug Positivity to Highest Rate in 12 Years

May 16, 2017Drug Testing

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reveals insights into patterns of drug use among the American workforce. It has been published annually for more than 25 years as a public service for government, employers, policymakers, media, and the general public. This year’s report will be presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association […]

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I’m There: Dr. Steven Sykes

May 15, 2017We're There

Dr. Steven Sykes rotated throughout the forensic toxicology laboratory during his multi-year post-doctoral fellowship to learn every aspect of the drug testing process. By training alongside lab technicians and certifying scientists, he gained unique insights into what it takes to reach the highest standards of quality. In this month’s feature of our “I’m There” series, Steven […]

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Employers Paying the Price of Substance Abuse

May 9, 2017Drug Testing

Substance abuse in the workplace is increasing. For the past several years, data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ has shown an increase in drug test positivity in the American workforce. We knew that employee drug use was costly to businesses in turnover, absenteeism, accidents, and insurance. However, the actual cost employers bear for […]

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Fentanyl Crisis Continues

April 26, 2017Drug Testing

Without the careful monitoring of a licensed physician, opioids can be deadly. The National Center on Health Statistics shows that in 2015 alone, more than 17,000 people died from opioid pain relievers, in addition to the 19,000 who died as a result of their use of heroin and other illicit opioids. In total, the percentage […]

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I’m There: Roselyn Alviar

April 13, 2017We're There

As a strong advocate for both clients and teammates, Roselyn Alviar jumps in to help out wherever she can and fosters camaraderie in the laboratory. She troubleshoots problems to maximize efficiency with faster workflows and consistently offers exceptional service. Together, she and her department always rally to get the job done right. In this month’s […]

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I’m There: Charlie Sullivan

March 6, 2017We're There

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 […]

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My Day in the Lab

June 8, 2016Drug Testing

My name is Steve. I’m a marketer. I joined Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions two months ago. My journey has been informative and sometimes challenging as I endeavor to learn a new industry. Today was my induction into “the lab life.” I spent the day watching and listening as our highly-trained (and passionate) laboratory employees walked […]

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Three Steps to Paperless Drug Testing

April 29, 2016Online Solutions

There are many reasons why to transition to paperless drug testing including the Final Rule published by the U.S. Department of Transportation that allows employers, collectors, laboratories and Medical Review Officers  to use electronic Custody and Control Forms, or eCCFs, for their regulated drug testing programs. Benefits include the elimination of inventory management and storage of […]

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