Five Common Misconceptions About Drug Testing In The Workplace

When it comes to drug testing in the workplace, there are many common misconceptions that may hinder the decision process of choosing the right screening program. Here we will clarify these misconceptions and hopefully make these decisions a little easier.

Illegal drug use does not impact workers safety or performance

Studies show that drug use has contributed directly to an unsafe work environment. Alcohol and drug use are responsible for 1in 6 on-the-job fatalities. 80% of people injured in these serious drug-related accidents are not the drug abuser, but innocent coworkers or clients.  Drug use has proven to affect workplace morale, attendance, healthcare cost, job performance, and safety. 63% of employees report that they are less productive at work if they are under the influence. 78% of employees favor drug testing in their own occupations to increase workplace safety and overall performance.

Marijuana can stay in an individual’s system for months or years.

Several factors that can determine the amount of time marijuana can stay in an individual’s system these include amount used, frequency, and type of test used for detection. Marijuana can be detected in an individual’s urine 2 days after use and can stay in the system for several weeks. A hair test can detect marijuana use for up to 90 days after use, and finally, the oral fluid test will usually only detect marijuana 12 hours-2 days after the last use.

 Beating a drug test is impossible.

There are numerous resources available to individuals on ways to beat a drug and force a negative result. There are 3 categories of “Cheaters”:

Dilution: This is a donor’s attempt “water down” the sample. Donors will often drink excessive amounts of water, fruit juices, performance enhancers, and even add water the specimen itself.

Substitution: This is when a sample is not consistent with human urine.

Adulteration: Adulterations are often chemicals added to the specimen to oxidize the urine in order to break up the detectable metabolite. These chemicals are often common household items including sodium chloride, Visine eye drops, and isopropanol.

There are two levels of dilution, the second more dilute would require an observed recollection because of the high possibility of cheating. The lower level of dilute can be from someone trying to hydrate to give a sample but doesn’t necessarily mean he or she is trying to cheat the test.

There are numerous products readily available that can affect the results of a drug test making it possible for individuals to force a negative result. However, with new technology, beating a drug test is very unlikely.

All drug test are urine tests

Although urine test are by far the most popular, there are other test options including hair test and oral fluid test. That leads to the next myth.

All drug test provide the same results

Although there are several valid testing methods, there are several distinguishing factors such as ease of use, detection time, and cost.

Urine Test: A urine test is the least expensive and most popular drug test to preform. It is easy to administer in large quantities and the detection time is 2 to 5 days as a standard.

Oral Fluid Test: An oral fluid test is also easy to administer, but because drugs do not remain in oral fluids for long, this test only has an average detection time of 12 hours – 2 days.

Hair Test: A hair test offer the longest detection time at up to 90 days, it is more costly to preform and does present some collection difficulties.

There are a lot of things to consider when setting up a screening program. For more information check out BankerAdvice vendor Employment Screening Services.


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