What to Drug Test For?

no-drugs-156771_1280Employers who decide to drug test job applicants and/or employees must also decide which drugs they will test for. The basic 6 panel drug test consists of six drugs consistent with the U.S. Department of Transportation requirements. These six substances include THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana), cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, PCP (phencyclidine), and Ecstasy (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methylamphetamine).

Many employers today go beyond testing for these six drugs, expanding the panel of drugs for which job applicants’ and employees’ are tested. The panel sometimes is expanded to include as many drugs as the employer sees fit, and may include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, methadone, methaqualone, propoxyphene, and methamphetamines. Many employers also test for what is still the most common drug of abuse in America – although a legal one – alcohol.

No business is immune to the problems of workplace drug and alcohol abuse, with workplace drug abuse costing companies millions of dollars every year. It’s your right to protect your company and your responsibility to keep your employees safe in the workplace. With the high number of accidents and workplace injuries that occur as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, it’s a good idea to implement and enforce a strict, 100% substance-abuse free environment.

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