What’s the purpose of drug testing?

A father who has been affected by unfortunate circumstances is on the search for what could be his future career. Interview after interview remind him that there is a lot of competition in the job market. His livelihood depends on finding employment; his future depends on getting a fresh start. Finally, an interview turns into a second conversation, and then a virtual conference interview with hiring managers. Then comes the offer and the new start he has been waiting for is just around the corner pending a drug test result. This last stage of the hiring process is not just a drug test, it’s a path to possibility.

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More than a drug test

Drug testing is utilized by employers to help deter drug users from applying for positions at their organizations, to keep their workplaces healthy and drug-free, to instill confidence in their hiring practices, and to adhere to applicable laws, especially in federal workplaces. The drug test is a key element to hiring or maintaining employees.

Drug use in the workplace persists

Industry insights from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index indicate the Retail Trade industry experienced the highest overall positivity rate (4.7% in 2015, 5.1% in 2016, 5.3% in 2017, and 5.4% in 2018) between 2015 and 2018. Retail Trade is just one of 6 sectors that saw year-over-year double-digit increases in positivity in that same 4-year period. The trend of rising drug use helps to make a case for continued screening programs that work to promote safety and well-being at work.

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Drug tests have been characterized by some as “big brother” practices, but it’s hard to imagine an employer open to having alcohol and drug use at work. Substance misuse is serious, and it should not be minimized. People who struggle with addiction and substance use disorders need support from their communities and, in many cases, employers help to provide the assistance they need. A drug test can be a path to possibility and a key to walk into a new opportunity, whether it’s a new job or the road to recovering from alcohol and drug abuse.

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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 through the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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