drug testing laboratory

How to choose a drug testing laboratory

by Nicole Jupe on October 30, 2017

Studies by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) suggest that substance abuse – which includes drugs and alcohol – costs the U.S. an estimated $276 billion a year, with much of the cost resulting from lost work productivity and increased healthcare spending. Compared to the risks that hiring a drug user can introduce to your workplace, the financial cost of a drug test is rather minimal.

If your company’s goal is to create a workplace where productivity is not hampered by the potential pitfalls and distractions of accidents, absenteeism, and subpar performance borne of employee drug use, then a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing program is an excellent option. With the right plan in place, your company can reliably screen job applicants and employees as you build and maintain a drug-free workplace.

When choosing a laboratory, consider the following criteria:

Choosing the best drug testing solution for your company is an important decision, and a number of criteria including your goals, geography, industry, and the jobs being performed by your employees should factor into your selection. Our Drug Testing Needs Assessment consists of 10 simple questions designed to help you sort through your options.

Download our Guide to Establishing a Workplace Drug Testing Program.

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I’m There: Joshua Weaver

by Steve Beller on August 14, 2017

Not limiting ourselves to a defined job role sets Quest Diagnostics apart from the competition. Joshua Weaver, Specimen Custodian in our Lenexa, Kansas laboratory, believes in taking action to do whatever needs to be done. His commitment to delivering above and beyond expectations demonstrates how our we’re there mindset is ingrained in our culture.

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

Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions shares a commitment to being there when our clients and colleagues need us – at every possible opportunity. Through 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 drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Ask the Experts: Hair drug test collections

August 4, 2017Hair testing

Question: How much hair is needed for a drug test? Rumors abound about exactly how much hair is snipped for a hair drug test. Some imagine they will suffer with a choppy, bad haircut or bald spot. Others fear they will lose their precious locks and require a hat wherever they go. In fact, quite […]

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ESP: Simplicity from Start to Finish

June 21, 2017Drug Testing

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 […]

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Cocaine Continues Upward Trend

June 1, 2017Drug Testing

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 […]

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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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