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Overview of how drug testing works

Posted on by James Nutt

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Topics: Scientific Presentations, Workplace Drug Testing, Resources, Hair drug testing, Did you know?

Hair testing in family cases where drugs are a risk factor

Posted on by Lolita Tsanaclis

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Topics: Hair drug testing

Rational choices and drug taking.

Posted on by John Wicks

Someone forwarded this article to me recently from the New York Times and it hit a nerve.

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Does your organisation have a drug testing policy?

Posted on by John Wicks

Do you have a drug testing policy in place within your organisation? If the answer is ‘no’ then this is really the place to start. We have a sample that you can download and here are some hints and tips that may well help too:

  • In our experience, between 3% and 5% of people in the workforce use illegal substances i.e. drugs. So, if you have 100 staff that you could test, it is likely you will find a number of people have used drugs. As such, you should prepared for that result.
  • When it comes to drug tests at work, you should consider the outcome you are seeking before you begin. If you want to, for instance, prevent people from working heavy machinery ‘under the influence’ then using an oral fluid test or a urine test will be sufficient as it tends to pick up recent usage.
  • If you want to know if members of staff have used drugs within the past few months, hair testing will be the option to choose. This is particularly relevant when considering employee performance.
  • Drug testing, if not already conducted within the organisation, will often cause people to raise eyebrows and concerns about the concept. As such, gaining employee agreement and even planning to conduct the ‘performance related’ tests in future by e.g. 3 or 6 months, could allay concerns. This way any casual drug user could change their ways and still comply.
  • Is all drug use to be stamped out? This is down to the nature of the culture of your organisation. Alcohol is a legal drug and could potentially cause considerable harm as well as leading to performance issues longer term as well. Know what you are getting into when choosing to test for illegal drug use.
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Hair Testing Results Presented at International Scientific Conference

Posted on by Lolita Tsanaclis

 

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Topics: Editorials

Drug and Alcohol screening in the workplace is like 'a gate'.

Posted on by John Wicks

You may like to think about drug and alcohol screening in the workplace in terms of a ‘gate’.

When people enter the workplace, you want to make sure they are fit for the job. This is especially true when people have to operate heavy machinery. As such, a drug (including alcohol) test on the morning before they start work acts like a ‘gate’ - if you pass, you enter. If not, you may simply be sent home and you can return the next day to ‘try again’.

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Topics: Workplace Drug Testing

Wales drugs body chief backs workplace drugs testing

Posted on by John Wicks

Wynford Ellis Owen, chief executive of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs was on BBC Radio Wales yesterday talking about workplace drug testing and how it appears that many employers seem to be ignoring the issue. And how they do not seem to know how to recognize when someone has a drugs problem.

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Topics: In the press...

Firms' worries over staff taking drugs as mephedrone use grows

Posted on by John Wicks

An article appeared this morning (5 Sep 2013) and is following a theme that seemed to start earlier this year when Commissioner Hogan-Howe advocated more workplace drug testing. He argued that employees could be frightened out of drug taking by the prospect that they could lose their jobs.

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Fascinating facts about drug testing

Posted on by John Wicks

When it comes to ‘hair strand drug testing’ there are some key aspects you may find interesting to know and consider:

  1. A hair strand drug test can actually give you a ‘drug use history’ over the length of time of the hair
  2. The hair grows about 1cm a month, so each section of hair tested can tell its own story
  3. You can even test hair on people who have been dead for years. We once tested a mummified Egyptian corpse (from about 2500BC) and found traces of cocaine.
  4. Interestingly, coca plants are not grown in Egypt so we can hypothesise trans-continental travel was much earlier than most think!
  5. Hair strand drug testing can only be done in a laboratory as the hair is ‘liquefied’ in order to discover the drugs it contains.
  6. Even when people don’t have hair on their heads, other body hair can be tested
  7. MI5 and MI6 reportedly have a habit of shaving a candidates left arm pit as part of their induction process
  8. Between 3% and 5% of people working in the UK today would fail a drug test if it was taken today.

Learn something new? Thanks for your time and we hope you find what you are looking for on our site. We are a friendly bunch here so give us a call if we can help.

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