Pre-Employment & Employee Drug Testing

Why choose Psychemedics for your pre-employment drug testing program?

We invented the science that re-invented drug testing.

The most efficient method for identifying employees who use illicit drugs is through our pre-employment and employee drug testing programs. Our unrivaled detection rate raises the value of a standard 5-Panel Drug Test even more as a detection and deterrent tool. That test may be extended to include Fentanyl, Adderall, Benzodiazepines, and other common workplace drugs. And to help identify the chronic users you want most to avoid, usage patterns over a 3-month period are established. Drug testing in the workplace includes pre-employment and random. The goal is to identify individuals with potential drug problems or a behavioral pattern of drug use. A Psychemedics pre-employment drug testing program using hair can ensure you hire and stay drug-free.

  • Build a “clean” talent pool.  Identifying 2-10X more drug users means you keep more users from polluting your business.
  • Deter usage. The certainty of detection will discourage drug users from applying and give employees a powerful incentive to abstain from usage.
  • Cost-to-identify, a user. The Psychemedics cost-per-user identified is the industry’s lowest.
  • R.O.I. We help lower costs associated with a drug-abusing employee.
  • Confidence. All of our Drug Screens are FDA 510(k)-cleared so you can make decisions with unwavering confidence.
  • Cheating is a thing of the past. A sample collection for our drug testing program is fully observed and defeats evasion tactics.

We have detected more users for more companies in thirty years than any other hair testing company in the world.

Confused? We have 30 years of stories to share.

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Employee Drug Screening Facts

Why Do Employers Drug Test?

Many employers require drug tests for employees to create a safe and productive working environment. Drug testing policies help maintain employee morale, productivity and limit additional costs like extra liability and health care claims related to drug abuse. Also, some jobs require equipment and machinery operation that could be impaired by drug abuse, which is dangerous for the employees, customers, and employers. To create the safest working environment, employers should implement workplace drug testing, policies, and programs.

Learn more about the importance of effective drug testing.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing

A pre-employment drug test is administered during a screening process when a person accepts an offer of employment. Passing the test is normally a condition-of-employment. The test’s purpose is to identify applicants who may or may not comply with the hiring company’s drug policies. Most Psychemedics clients focus on identifying chronic abusers of prescription or illicit drugs, and the 90-day detection window of our tests makes it possible to identify those individuals.  Our tests are completely confidential, disclosed only to the company requesting the screen and never to the individual tested.

Drug Users Impact Quality and Productivity

Beyond higher absenteeism, accident rates, workers’ compensation, and turnover costs, one of the often forgotten impacts of companies employing a drug user is their effect on quality and productivity. Beyond the financial impact of reduced quality and productivity, there is also the long-term risk of losing market share to competitors providing a better product or service. If that happens, the estimated $7,000 to $10,000 cost appears small in comparison.

Employer Drug Testing Laws

In most cases, employers are fully granted the right to test their employees for drug abuse. Some states do restrict employers from randomly drug testing employees who are not in safety-sensitive positions. Certain individuals with a history of alcoholism and/or drug addiction could qualify as individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a non-discriminatory status. To learn more about the legality of drug testing in the workplace and drug testing rights, please visit Workplace Fairness.

Costs To Companies That Are Not Drug Testing

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, workplace drug and alcohol abuse causes $740 billion of negative economic impact each year. Here is where all that money goes.

Workers Compensation: 38 to 50 percent of all Workers Compensation claims are related to substance abuse in the workplace, as substance abusers file three to five times as many Workers Compensation claims.

Cost of Accidents:  Impaired workers are 3.5X more likely to have or cause an accident

Medical Costs: Substance abusers incur 300 percent higher medical costs than non-abusers.

Absenteeism: Substance abusers are 2.5 times more likely to be absent eight or more days a year.

Lost Productivity: Substance abusers are 1/3 less productive.

Employee Turnover: It costs a business $7,000-10,000 to replace a salaried worker.

  • A study by National Surveys on Drug Use and Health found current drug users more likely to work for companies that did not conduct workplace drug or alcohol testing programs.
  • SAMHSA finds about 38% of adults in 2017 battled an illicit drug use disorder.
  • 70% of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed. (SAMHSA)
  • Over 30% of 12th graders admit to vaping. Nearly 15% of those vaped marijuana. (US Gov)
Why do Employee Drug Testing

Workplace Drug Testing Identifies Employees-At-Risk.

According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, workplace substance abuse costs the U.S. $740 Billion per year.

Drug abusers make high-risk employees. They can affect everything from productivity to morale and bring safety risks into the organization. Study after study points to above-average absenteeism, more accidents, higher costs-to-employ, increased threat of workplace theft, and a host of other job performance issues that can come to work every day with an impaired employee. These are the reasons why companies are implementing employee drug screening programs with Psychemedics. Our drug testing program will save your company in the long-run.

Where are drug abusers hitting your top and bottom line?

Medical Costs
Substance abusers incur 300 percent higher medical costs than non-abusers.

Workers Compensation
Substance abusers file three to five times as many Workers Compensation claims.

Substance abusers are 2.5 times more likely to be absent eight or more days a year.

Lost Productivity
Substance abusers are 1/3 less productive.

Employee Turnover
It costs a business an average of $7,000 to replace a salaried worker.

The bottom line: the cost of drug testing a potential employee
is minimal compared to the cost of employing a drug user.

Workplace Drug Testing Industries

What Drugs Can Psychemedics detect?

Through our hair drug test, we can test for any of the following substances:

Fast Facts:   3 Reasons to start your companies employee hair drug testing program with Psychemedics today.


Illicit drug use is rising...every year.

Even with more oversight on overly-prescribed medications and monthly massive drug busts, use is up. And rising. In the past five years, positive rates on our hair drug tests are up nearly 30%. Trending drugs come and go. Substance abuse stays. Pre-Employment and Employee Drug screening is your best defense to build a drug-free work environment.

Marijuana is outpacing cigarettes with youth.

Vaping is the rage. A social must-do. The effects of concentrated amounts of THC rapidly hitting a young brain can be unexpected. A drug test for THC can help stem that tide.

Amphetamines are mounting a stealth assault.

The amphetamine threat to workplaces is real and growing. According to the DEA, reported psychostimulants deaths were up 250% between 2008-2015.  Since 2015 Psychemedics has seen the use of amphetamines growing at a rate of over 20% each year while opioid use eases.

Can you spot the chronic employee drug abusers that are probably hiding in your workforce?

Psychemedics can.

We do it every day.  Better than anyone.

The Psychemedics Advantage

Your objective is a drug-free workplace.

Your challenge is to Detect and Deter every drug user.

Unrivaled Detection. Unmatched Deterrence.

That is the Psychemedics Advantage

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