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Strengthen Your Drug Screening Program. Safeguard Your Workplace. - June 24, 2015

Strengthen Your Drug Screening Program. Safeguard Your Workplace.

According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the annual cost of substance abuse to U.S. employers totals $81 billion, and 70% of Americans who use illegal drugs are in fact employed*. Given this harsh reality, as an employer it is important that you promote workplace safety by implementing an effective, reliable drug screening program.

This year, several investments are being made in the Drug Screening area of SterlingBackcheck’s business. One we are particularly excited to highlight is the introduction of improved laboratory-based testing by adopting the authorized Health & Human Services (HHS) testing profile for non-federal workplace drug testing. This means our standard laboratory-based urine drug testing panels now offer more comprehensive testing consistent with the current federal standard.

What’s in it for you?

Following the federal standard will improve the quality of the laboratory urine-based drug test for better, more comprehensive detection of substance abuse in the workplace. Essentially, our non-federal testing panels can be modified as follows:

  • Initial and confirmation cut-off levels used by laboratories for detecting cocaine use lowered from:
    • 300 ng/mL to 150 ng/mL for initial screening
    • 150 ng/mL to 100 ng/mL for confirmation testing
  • Initial and confirmation cut-off levels used by laboratories for detecting amphetamine/methamphetamine use lowered from:
    • 1,000 ng/mL to 500 ng/mL for initial screening
    • 500 ng/mL to 250 ng/mL for confirmation testing
  • Initial screening for heroin and ecstasy (MDMA) added

For more than 4 years now, use of the current federal standard by federally-mandated employers has been favorably impacting workplace and public safety for all of us. Unfortunately, there are still millions of workplace drug tests being performed for non-federal job applicants and employees that do not apply the same standard, and represents a missed opportunity to take advantage of its tremendous benefits.