Spit Test for Drugs Speeds Hiring Process and Weeds Out Those Abusing Drugs

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Drug or alcohol abuse in the workplace is a concern for employers for obvious reasons. Intoxicated employees have more accidents and are gone from work more often. It’s estimated that 65% of all job-related accidents are related to substance abuse. The total cost of substance abuse by workers runs between $75 billion and $100 billion each year. Therefore weeding out those who are abusing drugs, either during the hiring process or as employment continues, is of vital concern to employers.

In the past, employers had to send their staff to labs to have urine collected but this process was subject to much abuse. Those who were abusing drugs had several methods of circumventing positive test results, such as using fake urine, substituting someone else’s urine for their own or using one of the many products purported to allow a person to evade accurate results. Because of privacy issues, it has been difficult to ensure that a urine sample was actually provided by the person being tested.

But now, a new spit test for drugs speeds hiring process. This test involves the application of a cotton swab to the inside of a person’s cheek. The tester then processes the swab to look for the presence of drugs. There’s no need for privacy so the test can’t be falsified. The expense is much lower for the company and there’s no need to involve an outside lab that would result in a delay.

If there is a positive test from the swab, the employee is normally referred to a second test based on a more sophisticated method.

Employers are mostly testing for the presence of cannabinoids (marijuana or hashish), cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or certain hallucinogens. Alcohol can also be tested.

How to Ensure You Pass the Test

It’s an obvious statement that a person should be sober when they apply for a job and sober on the job, that life will go better and they will be more successful if they do not drink or use drugs while working. But some people do not have the ability to refrain from substance abuse. When a person is addicted, it is like the addiction is making the decisions, not the person. The idea of consequences takes a back seat to the idea of satisfying the cravings that are so compelling.

For some people to be sure of passing an employment drug test, they would actually need drug rehabilitation before they could control their substance abuse to this extent.

Narconon Drug Rehab Services Can Save Jobs as Well as Lives

In many of the situations when people have come to Narconon drug rehab services, they had just realized that they were on the verge of losing everything of value. They were threatened with the loss of a job, the destruction of a business or the imminent departure of their spouse and children. This was enough for some people to look for the program that would help them save these things that they treasured.

But unfortunately, many people have already lost everything of value. When addiction goes on for years or a decade or more, it is possible to have nothing left. The miracle of addiction recovery that works is that even this person can be given a bright new hope for the future and the skills to succeed. This is what Narconon drug rehab services deliver at rehab facilities across the US and around the world and have offered for more than fifty years.

Learn how the Narconon program can help you or someone you care about succeed, even after years or longer of addiction.


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AUTHOR

Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.