Sunday, November 04, 2018

The Reasons for Drug Testing

A drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen, for example urine, hair, blood, and/or oral fluid/saliva - to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites. Major applications of drug testing include detection of the presence of performance enhancing steroids in sport, employers and parole/probation officers screening for drugs prohibited by law and police officers testing for the presence and concentration of alcohol in the blood commonly referred to as BAC (blood alcohol content). BAC tests are typically administered via a breathalyzer while urinalysis is used for the vast majority of drug testing in sports and the workplace. Numerous other methods with varying degrees of accuracy, sensitivity, and detection periods exist.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

So you’ve moved along in the hiring process and forgot to put down the bud - now you’re stuck trying to figure out your next step. Luckily for you, most employers chose a simple urine test to drug test potential employees.

Pre-Access (Promotion or Classified) Drug Testing

Great job; you passed the initial drug screening and working your way up the corporate ladder. Now, you’ve been notified you’re up for a promotion. This means you’ll need to pass another drug test. Same deal - you’ll most likely face a urine test to ‘level up’.

The Reasons for Drug Testing

Post-Accident Drug Test

Life certainly throws plenty of curveballs - in this scenario, you’ve either had an accident at work or in a car wreck. Depending upon how serious the accident is, you could be drug tested via blood test or another urine test. This is to help clear your name for any wrongdoing or even to validate that you, as a victim, were not responsible for the accident.

Suspicion Drug Testing

Maybe you’ve been boasting about crazy weekend parties. Perhaps you’ve had an off day and overly nosey employers with a strict substance-abuse policy have it out for you. Either way, if your place of work deems it necessary to drug test you, be ready. This could technically happen at any time with little chance for you to prepare.

Probation Drug Test

If you’re on probation for even a minor offense, you’re going to want to clear that drug test. This usually means a urine test or even hair follicle testing, which is almost impossible to fake. Fortunately, meetings with probation officers are usually scheduled in advance, so you have time for damage control. However, random calls and summons to take a drug test are becoming more and more popular across the nation, which makes preparation times harder to predict.

Random Drug Testing

Bad luck – your number was drawn for a random drug test, and not for the lottery. This means that you’ll most likely be facing a urine test, the cheapest way to screen an employee.

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