Drug testing is an important part of pre-employment screening as well as random testing during an employee’s tenure at the company. Generally, drug screening tests only look for illegal drugs, but in recent history the use and abuse of prescription medications have increased negative effects in the workplace.
According to a 2014 study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute 65% to 85% of injured employees received narcotic painkillers as part of their workplace injury treatment. Being prescribed narcotic painkillers such as opioids can lead to addiction and influence an employees’ performance and affect workplace safety leading to an increase of worker’s compensation costs for employers.
Standard Drug Screening tests do not test for opioids and other prescription medications and because of the increased risk of prescription drug addiction and abuse, it is recommended that employers expand their drug testing procedures. The National Safety Council has found that 23% of American workers have used prescription drugs for non-medical uses.
Expanding drug testing procedures are especially important when it comes to situations where employers need employees to be “extra” alert, such as driving, in factory settings, refineries and much more. Drug screening are a valuable tool not only for human resource managers, but also for safety managers wanting to make sure that their companies comply with OSHA rules and limit their amount of working hours without a workplace injury.
It is important to find out what types of drug testing is allowed in your state, and make sure that any drug testing programs at your company comply with local, state and federal laws. AAA Credit Screening Services utilizes drug screening companies in your area that will assist you through this process of achieving a Drug Free Workplace. Call our knowledgeable customer service staff now at 888-282-0447 to help determine the appropriate testing procedure for your company.
* Some information obtained through http://www.openonline.com