An overlooked component to a drug testing policy

Question: A 2nd shift supervisor caught an employee drinking on the job and we released him. He applied for benefits and was successful in his claim, even though he was caught red-handed and didn’t deny it. They referenced the fact we didn’t test the contents of the bottle or the employee. What might we do…

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Is it Spice or Heroin?

Question: My daughter and some of her college friends smoked something they called Spice. She said it made her feel warm and then ultra-relaxed and nodding out at times. My research found Spice was green or brown leaves, but she showed me a brown putty-like ball that didn’t look at all like leaves. Is this…

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Vital to Prevent Exposure to Metals

Question: My wife is experiencing headaches, muscle & joint pain and is constantly tired which is uncharacteristic. These symptoms started when a new caregiver entered our home and we are interested in testing for poisons or metals. Can you recommend some type of test for this? Answer: Heavy metals exist in our environment both naturally…

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ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse by Young Adults Widespread

A new survey has reported the frequent instances of stimulant drug abuse among young adults. Admitted by young adults between the age of 18 and 25, these drugs help them to enhance their school performance, concentrate on studies and stay awake. Drugs like Vyvanse, Ritalin and Adderall which are prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have…

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Emergency Room visits for Synthetic Marijuana (Spice) Increase

From 2010 to 2011, there were statistically significant increases for both males and females in the number of ED visits involving synthetic cannabinoids. For male patients, ED visits increased significantly from an estimated 8,830 visits in 2010 to an estimated 19,923 visits in 2011. Visits for female patients tripled from 2,576 visits in 2010 to…

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Ancestry DNA Test Makes a Unique Gift

Question: My mother was adopted and not sure of her Ancestry. I discussed this with my brother and we are thinking about giving her an Ancestry DNA test for Christmas. Is this a weird thing to do or is it common? Answer: Great question and not at all weird. Ancestry DNA testing may hold information…

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SonicTest Labs of Tempe Welcomes its Youngest Client

Meet baby Adrian, a preemie born Thursday October 16, 2014 at 3:30pm. He weighed 4.4lbs and 20-1/5 inches long. ARCpoint Labs of Tempe was called Friday to perform a court-admissible Paternal DNA test by the father. We responded with next day service and arrived at Desert Banner Medical Center’s NICU unit where baby Adrian was warm in his incubator. The…

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Best Practice for Employee Testing

Question: We drug test all new hires, but what are my options if I suspect an employee is taking drugs after they are hired? Answer: It begins with a solid stand-alone drug & alcohol policy. Employers implement new-hire drug testing programs to protect their businesses from the impact of drug abuse before making hiring decisions…

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