Time Is Money – A Case Study

The old adage, “time is money” has never been more true. It didn’t take long for the management team of a small asphalt company in South Carolina to realize how much money was literally waiting for them when they evaluated their current drug testing service provider. Having used a local urgent care clinic for their…

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Prescription Drugs – Killing Us Softly

No longer just a public safety issue, prescription drug misuse and abuse also weighs heavily on the workplace. According to The Clinical Journal of Pain, illegal use of prescription opioids cost the United States employers over $40 billion dollars in lost productivity in 2006 alone. Five drugs in particular, OxyContin®, oxycodone, hydrocodone, propoxyphene, and methadone,…

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Is A Good Economy Hazardous To Your Business?

Can You Find Good Help? As the economy continues to strengthen and grow and the memories of the Great Recession fade, challenges for growing businesses continue to mount. With unemployment rates steadily decreasing, the pool of good quality available workers also decreases. The most reliable applicants who are drug free with clean backgrounds are likely…

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Medical Review Officer | What is a MRO?

What is a MRO – Medical Review Officer? MRO in the world of drug testing stands for Medical Review Officer. A MRO is a licensed physician who receives and reviews laboratory drug test results and evaluates those results while taking into consideration the donor’s medical history and prescription usage. These physicians are specially trained in…

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#1 Abused Substance On The Job

The most widely used and abused “drug” in American workplaces today might surprise you. A common definition of the word “drug” is “a habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, especially a narcotic.” The only problem is that this “drug” or substance is 100% legal in the United States. In fact, the government makes money from the…

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Drug Alert: PINK – It’s not just a pretty color

PARENT ALERT:  Check Your Mail – Pink Being Shipped To Homes Via US Postal Service U-47700, also known as Pink, is a synthetically manufactured opiate that was first invented in the 1970’s and tested in the 80’s on animals. The drug, nicknamed “Pink” because of the pinkish color of the powdery substance and/or pill form…

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Post Accident Positive Drug Tests On The Rise

Post-Accident Positive Drug Test Results Increase Among American Workers   Scientific experts at Quest Diagnostics have analyzed and published annual workplace drug testing data and insights since 1988 in the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI). When drug testing programs were started by employers in the 1980s, evidence of drug use in the workplace began to decline.…

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WHAT ARE BENZODIAZEPINES (BENZOS)?

WHAT ARE BENZODIAZEPINES   – ALSO KNOWN AS “BENZOS” Benzodiazepines (“benzos”) are prescription drugs that first came to the market in the 1960’s. These medications are used to treat insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, convulsions and other nervous system conditions. Today, these drugs account for about one out of every five prescriptions for controlled substances.…

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Legalized Marijuana & Your Company

The legalization of medical marijuana in over 24 states and the legalization of recreational marijuana use in several states creates a big question for employers. While the use of marijuana is rapidly gaining acceptance in today’s society, the fact remains that it is still illegal according to Federal laws. So the question remains… Do we…

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Is Drug Testing Right For Your Company?

The Rules & Your Rights As An Employer Most private employers are not required to conduct applicant drug testing, but many do – and for good reason. If you are currently conducting pre-employment drug testing – or your company is considering a drug testing program – you need to know the rules. Even if drug testing…

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