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I’m There: Brian Giammarco

by Pablo Bolanos on December 11, 2017

Twenty years at Quest Diagnostics in the City of Brotherly Love have given Brian Giammarco, Field Sales Executive, a unique perspective on teamwork. Brian believes in empowerment birthed from belonging. He sees his team as a unit, a family, a collective group of people working together with a similar mindset to help our clients succeed.

In this month’s edition of our “I’m There” series, Brian 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 unique stories from our team, you’ll get a more personal perspective of what that commitment means to each of them. To learn more about this series, read our introductory post.

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

Rising methamphetamine use in the U.S. workforce

by Nicole Jupe on November 30, 2017

Methamphetamine Methamphetamine, sometimes called meth, crystal, crank, or ice, is a highly addictive stimulant. It emerged in the 1930s as a treatment for narcolepsy and depression and was also taken by German and Japanese soldiers in World War II to stay alert during battle, according to a DATIA focus article by Dr. Rodi Predescu, Quest Diagnostics. In the 1960s, people began to inject the drug to experience euphoria. Along with the explosion of crack-cocaine in the 1980s, meth continued to gain an audience of new users. In the past two decades, the abuse of methamphetamine has significantly increased. Although it is available by prescription, the majority of methamphetamine is produced and distributed illegally. The law requires all pharmacies and retail stores to monitor the sale of over-the-counter medicines with ingredients like pseudoephedrine because they are the key ingredients in the home-made of meth.

Methamphetamine can be taken orally, smoked, snorted, or injected. Small amounts of the drug may cause increased physical activity, increased respiration, lack of appetite, rapid and irregular heart rate, and increased blood pressure. Repeated use may lead to anxiety, insomnia, weight loss, skin sores, and severe dental issues, referred to as “meth mouth.” Additionally, people who inject meth are at higher risk for contracting infectious diseases like hepatitis C and HIV.  Addicts can suffer intense withdrawal symptoms when they detox and quit using methamphetamine.

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

  • An estimated 8.2% of adults (aged 26 or older), or 17.1 million people, currently use an illicit drug
  • About 128,000 young adults (aged 18-25) and 757,000 adults currently use methamphetamine
  • About 22,000 adolescents (aged 12-17), 156,000 young adults, and 694,000 adults suffer from a methamphetamine substance-use disorder

According to the latest Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™, methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana use has increased broadly in the American workforce, contributing to the highest positivity rate in 12 years. Although methamphetamine positivity in urine testing declined between 2005 and 2008 and plateaued between 2008 and 2012, it is currently steadily increasing. Between 2012 and 2016, methamphetamine positivity climbed 64% in the general U.S. workforce and 14% among federally-mandated, safety-sensitive workers. In oral fluid drug testing, methamphetamine positivity increased 75% between 2013 and 2016. Visit QuestDiagnostics.com/DTI for the full report.

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

Download our Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index brochure.

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

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Staying compliant with new DOT regulations

November 29, 2017News

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) amended its drug testing program regulations for all DOT employees effective January 1, 2018. This harmonizes DOT regulations with guidelines established by U.S. Health & Human Services (HHS) for federal drug testing programs. The most notable change with this new regulation is the addition of four […]

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Webinar: The Life of a Drug Test

November 28, 2017Blog Series

From the perspective of an employer, the drug testing process is an in-and-out experience. A potential new hire or current employee provides a sample at one of our collection sites. Days later—after the sample is sent to the laboratory for testing—a final result is ready. At which point the employee returns to work or, a […]

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Drug Testing Do’s and Don’ts

November 14, 2017Collections

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. […]

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I’m There: Jonni Salamone

November 13, 2017We're There

A team that doesn’t march to the same rhythm will not deliver consistent customer experiences. Jonni Salamone, Director of National Clinical Testing Services, champions the need for individualism, unique work styles, confidence, and above all, team unity. Her leadership inspires her team members to perform beyond the expectations of our clients. In this month’s edition […]

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Veterans, PTSD, and substance use disorders

November 10, 2017News

The United States is proud of the millions of men and women who have served in the military to protect the core values of one of the world’s premier superpowers. Defending our great nation involves more than signing up for military service; many are called to war to protect the security of our country and […]

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Hair Drug Test Procedures

November 7, 2017Drug Testing

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, […]

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International Drug and Alcohol Trends

October 31, 2017Drug Testing

Brazil is known for spectacular beaches, the Amazon rainforest, and over the past decade, the “Cracklands,” a notorious part of Rio de Janeiro at the heart of Brazil’s growing crack-cocaine epidemic. On the other side of the equator, there is Canada, often referred to as “the friendly neighbor to the north.” Much like the U.S., […]

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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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