Drug and Alcohol Screening

No matter the testing... we have you covered!

Secured Workplace Solutions provides comprehensive drug testing either on an in-office or mobile basis. The tests are fast and accurate and correspond to both federal and local legal requirements. Many of the screens may be done on a laboratory analyzed basis or on an immedaite basis.

Time is critical when you have a highly qualified candidate who is interviewing with multiple employers. You need drug tests that provide fast results so you can make an offer before your competitors do. Our strategic relationships with the nation's leading laboratories allows us to provide you with the best test at a price that fits your budget and get you your results back quickly.

Workplace Drug Screening

Nearly 75 percent of all adult illicit drug users are employed, as are most binge and heavy alcohol users. Studies show that when compared with non–substance abusers, substance-abusing employees are more likely to:
  • change jobs frequently
  • be late to or absent from work
  • be less productive employees
  • be involved in a workplace accident
  • file a workers’ compensation claim.

Employers who have implemented drug-free workplace programs have important experiences to share.

  • Employers with successful drug-free workplace programs report improvements in morale and productivity, and decreases in absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover, and theft.
  • Employers with longstanding programs report better health status among employees and family members and decreased use of medical benefits by these same groups.
  • Some organizations with drug-free workplace programs qualify for incentives, such as decreased costs for workers’ compensation and other kinds of insurance.

DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing

The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 requires drug and alcohol testing of safety-sensitive transportation employees in aviation, trucking, railroads, mass transit, pipelines and other transportation industries.

The DOT publishes rules on who must conduct testing, how to conduct those tests, and the DOT drug test procedures and alcohol test procedures to use when testing. These regulations cover all transportation employers, safety-sensitive transportation employees, and service agents – roughly 10 million people.

Pre-employment, Random and Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing

Reasonable Suspicion - conducted when a trained supervisor or company official observes behavior or appearance that is characteristic of alcohol misuse.

Random - conducted on a random unannounced basis just before, during, or just after performance of safety-sensitive functions.

Post-Accident, Follow-up and Return-to-Duty Testing

Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Tests are conducted after accidents on drivers whose performance could have contributed to the accident (as determined by a citation for a moving traffic violation) and for all fatal accidents even if the driver is not cited for a moving traffic violation.

Return-to-duty & Follow-up Drug Tests are conducted when an individual who has violated the prohibited alcohol conduct standards returns to performing safety-sensitive duties.

Follow-up Drug Screens are tests that are unannounced. At least 6 tests must be conducted in the first 12 months after a driver returns to duty. Follow-up testing may be extended for up to 60 months following return to duty.

Breath Alcohol Testing

Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused drugs in our society. Our alcohol drug tests include Alcohol Saliva Test Strips, and Alcohol Breathalyzers. All are professional and reliable, offering you precise and accurate readings. Testing children now can help prevent alcohol abuse in their futures.

Oral Fluid Drug Testing - Saliva Drug Test

Over the last decade there have been considerable developments in the use of oral fluid (saliva) for drug testing. Oral fluid can provide a quick and non-invasive specimen for drug testing. Oral fluid drug testing program provides a simple method to collect chain-of-custody drug screen specimens almost anywhere. This testing method eliminates any requirement for same-sex collectors when a drugs test is undertaken and allows the sample collection process to be fully observed.The oral fluid collection is directly observed, making it less susceptible to specimen adulteration.

Current applications are mainly focused on drugs of abuse testing in employees at workplaces where drug use has safety implications, in drivers of vehicles at the roadside and in other situations where drug impairment is suspected.

Its main application has been for testing for drugs of abuse such as the amphetamines, cocaine and metabolites, opioids such as morphine, methadone and heroin, and for cannabis.

Hair Follicle Testing

Secured Workplace Solutions has teamed with Med-Tox - the innovative leader in hair follicile testing to offer employers a significant testing tool in order to create a safe and drug-free workplace.

Testing hair follicles for remnants of drugs can reveal drug abuse over a period of 90 days. A hair follicle drug test measures the drug molecules and their specific metabolites that are produced only after the drug has been processed by the human body.

This drug screen is proving far more effective than urine testing in identifying low-level drug use over an extended period of time which are normally out of the bloodstream within 3-7 days. This is a powerful deterrent for drug users and an additional weapon that employers now have in their arsenal.

Additional advantages include:
  • Non-intrusive collection procedures
  • Virtual elimination of test evasion through substitution or adulteration
  • Greater accuracy through test repetition capability
  • The combination of an increased window of detection and resistance to evasion makes hair testing far more effective than urinalysis in correctly identifying drug users.

Fingernail Drug Testing

Drugs of abuse actually have been measured in fingernails since the mid 1980's. However, the need to test for longer detection periods have given Fingernail testing a new niche' to fill.

Like Hair, fingernails and toenails are composed of a hard protein called keratin and are tested with the same process as hair. Drugs are incorporated into nails from the blood stream and remain locked in the nail as it grows. Nails grow in both length and thickness. Drugs enter the nail from the base as the keratin is formed and via the nail bed that extends under the full length of nail. The method of screening for drug use in a fingernail test is the five panel, Enzyme Multiple Immunoassay Test (EMIT). The fingernail is put in a chemical solution to rid the nail of external contaminants and is then liquefied.

Drugs can be identified in nail clippings 2-4 weeks following ingestion and can be detected up to 8 months after last usage. Fingernails grow approximately 3-5 mm per month, toenails grow at a much slower rate of 1 mm per month which means that drugs can possibly appear in toenail clippings over 1 year after ingestion.

Nicotine/Cotinine Testing

Testing for the presence of cotinine is standard to determine if a person is a tobacco user. Cotinine is a metabolite (byproduct) of nicotine as it is processed by the human body. It is an indicator that nicotine has been inhaled or otherwise introduced into the body.

Cotinine is found in urine from 2 to 4 days after tobacco use. By testing a urine sample the tester can detect cotinine. By testing a urine sample, much like a pregnancy test, the tester can detect cotinine. If you want to check your child for cigarette smoking or see if employees are not following wellness program initiatives, nicotine testing can provide you the answers.

School Drug and Alcohol Screening

As our nation's drug epidemic takes an ever-firmer grip on our nation’s schools, is it any wonder that acts of violence continue to rise?

Substance abuse seriously interferes with the academic and athletic performance of students and creates an unhealthy learning environment.

As a parent, teacher or school administrator, you want to keep your children and students safe and secure while you provide them with the best education possible. Keeping drugs out of your school is the only way to do that.

Home Drug and Alcohol Testing

Your child's behavior patterns maybe forewarning you that they are on drugs... are you PAYING ATTENTION?

When children start using drugs or alcohol, they often exhibit signs which parents need to observe. For example, dilalated pupils of the eyes, change in study patterns, selecting different friends or associates are clear signs for concern.

Unfortunately, many parents often write-off these signs as normal adolescent behavior and as a result do not realize that their child could be using drugs or consuming alcohol. If you have suspicions that your child is using drugs, act now before it is too late! Secured Workplace Solutions offers a simple 5 panel immediate drug screen kit that can be performed in the privacy of your own home. If a positive result is indicated you can arrange for a secondary lab-based test to reconfirm those results or test for a wider range of narcotics.

K2/Spice/Synthetic Marijuana Screening

The latest scourge to hit the drug scene is a synthetic cannabis with a common street name K2 or Spice. It is a psychoactive herbal and chemical product which, when consumed mimics the effects of cannabis. However, it also causes hallucinations, vomiting, agitation and other dangerous effects. The typical users are college and high school students, because it is cheap and readily available at head shops and online. This drug is not detected in the common drug screens, so a secondary test, one specifically checking for the synethetic drugs used in K2 is now available and is recommended.

Bath Salt Testing

One of the most leathal of the new popular synthetic drugs hitting the market is called “bath salt”, but it also is known as: Ivory Wave, Bliss, White Lightning, Hurricane Charlie, Red Dove and Vanilla Sky.

Although bath salts do not appear on a standard drug test, there is another screening device out there that can detect bath salts thru a person’s urine.

Our laboratories are able to identify the psychoactive ingredients contained in bath salt. The two harmful synthetic compounds in it are mephedrone and methylenedioxpyrovalerone (MDPV). These are legal compounds they are not meant to be consumed by humans and are sold as dangerous research chemicals. The bath salt test is performed by Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) and has a predicted detection window of 24-48 hours in urine.

The effects from consuming bath salt is a heightened sense of reality that is similar to ecstasy as well as an energy high similar to cocaine. The dangerous effects from these substances include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, chest pain, seizures, hallucinations, paranoia, dizziness, vomiting, profuse sweating and temporary psychotic just to name a few.

Steroid or Sports Drug Testing

Traditionally, the abuse of anabolic steroids has been linked to athletes who want to improve their athletic performance. While this still remains to be the case, steroid abuse has become prevalent among individuals, both men and more increasingly women, to increase muscle size and reduce body fat. Individuals of various ages abuse steroids, but it is the abuse among high school students which is a particular problem.

Our tests are ideal for sports organizations, colleges and high schools, certified athletic trainers, coaches, corrections and law enforcement, and occupational health agencies looking for test detecting including a full list of prescription androgenic anabolic steroids, prohormones, designer anabolic steroids, essential masking agents, anti-estrogen agents and diuretics.

Caretaker/ Domestic Help Drug and Alcohol Testing

Background checks are a necessity in today’s workforce. They contain crucial information about a prospective employee to help ensure a safe and reliable individual for you and your family.

Many people hire individuals to help out around their homes, such as housekeepers, nannys, gardeners, drivers or babysitters.

Conducting full background checks on people you allow in your home will help guarantee that the people you choose are trustworthy and have not been convicted of any crimes that might make them a danger to those present in the home.

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Workplace Drug & Alcohol Use Facts

  • The vast majority of drug users are employed, and when they arrive for work, they don't leave their problems at the door.

  • Of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time.

  • Research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs.

  • In fact, industries with the highest rates of drug use are the same as those at a high risk for occupational injuries, such as construction, mining, manufacturing and wholesale.

Does substance abuse in the workplace matter?

The effect that substance abuse has on the workplace is tremendous. The largest costs for employers and employees are:
  • Productivity losses
  • Increased health care costs
  • Police and other law enforcement expenses

As such, costs to a business may be both direct and indirect. The impact of substance abuse that have been reported often focus on four major issues:
  • Premature death/fatal accidents
  • Injuries/accident rates
  • Absenteeism/extra sick leave
  • Loss of production.

Additional costs can include:
  • Tardiness/sleeping on the job
  • Theft
  • Poor decision making
  • Loss of efficiency
  • Lower morale of co-workers
  • Increased likelihood of having trouble with coworkers and supervisors or tasks
  • Higher turnover
  • Training of new employees
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Drug testing programs
  • Medical, rehabilitation or employee assistance programs

Potential Effects of Steroid Abuse

Here are the potential physiological effects of steroids on someone who abuses them:
  • Liver tumors and cancer
  • Jaundice
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney tumors
  • Severe acne, and trembling
  • Shrinking of the testicles
  • Breast development (males)
  • Growth of facial hair (females)
  • Menstrual changes
  • Deepened voice (females)
  • In teens, a premature halt to growth

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