Unearthing the roots of substance-abuse disorders

substance-abuse-young-man.jpgFamily dinners, holiday celebrations, annual float trips, and heart-to-heart talks at the kitchen table with a loved one are all staples in many of our lives, unfortunately, so is substance-abuse. Alarming headlines and negative stereotypes cloud our understanding about what has evolved into a serious epidemic in the United States.


Substance-abuse disorders also impact the American workforce. Recent data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ revealed that marijuana positivity has increased nearly 75% in the general U.S. workforce in oral fluid testing. Overall positivity in urine drug testing among the combined U.S. workforce in 2016 was 4.2%, a 5% relative increase over last year’s rate of 4%, and the highest annual positivity rate since 2004 (4.5%).

To help demystify substance-abuse disorders, we created a detailed white paper, An Exploration of Addiction, to help educate and increase awareness about the complexity of substance-abuse disorders. We discuss the life stages and circumstances most vulnerable to substance abuse and take a deeper look at:

  • What decades of research can tell us about the science behind substance-abuse and addiction
  • How individuals are affected at different ages
  • The connection between trauma and substance-abuse disorders

We hope this resource brings education, awareness, and understanding for someone struggling with addiction.

Download our new white paper.

For more information about drug testing, visit our website.

If you or someone you know is unable to stop using drugs or alcohol, seek a referral from your primary care physician or locate an addiction specialist from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.