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Reasons for Drug Testing in the Workplace

Reasons for Drug Testing in the Workplace - SonicTest Labs

Drug testing in the workplace first appeared in the 1980s after a naval aviator crash landed on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier, killing and injuring many on board. While it turned out that the plane’s crew were drug-free, many others on that deck were under the influence of other substances. Therefore, the Reagan administration implemented…

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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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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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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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FAA Proposes $132,425 Civil Penalty Against Mountain Air Cargo

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is proposing a $132,425 civil penalty against Mountain Air Cargo of Denver, N.C., for operating an ATR-42 airplane when it was not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Mountain Air Cargo mechanics improperly repaired a dent in a cargo door at…

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Abuse of Tramadol can be Deadly

Question: My son-in-law has used various drugs for several years. I now find Tramadol that he purchased on the internet. Is this drug dangerous and can you test for it? Answer: Tramadol is a painkiller that is often prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking the transmission of pain signals from the…

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Concentrated marijuana product has the highest levels of psychoactive THC

Drug dealers are peddling a concentrated marijuana product called Wax that looks and feels like lip balm and packs a kick equivalent to smoking 15-20 joints of weed. Police in Roswell, Ga., discovered 80 grams of Wax during a recent drug bust. Roswell Police Officer Zachary Frommer reported that the drug ring was selling the…

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Be smart about workplace testing

Question: I own a small business with a remote satellite office. My office manager reports an employee arrives at work smelling of alcohol. We currently drug test new hires as a condition of employment. Would it make sense to add alcohol to the test? Answer: Save your money. What would you do if a potential…

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