Pre-Employment and Employment Drug Testing

Psychemedics drug testing using hair can ensure you hire drug-free and stay drug-free.

Better than a urine test. Better than oral fluids. Better than other hair tests.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing & Screening

Why choose Psychemedics for your employment and pre-employment hair drug testing?

The most efficient method for identifying employees who use illicit drugs is through our employment and pre-employment 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. Employment drug testing in the workplace includes pre-employment and random drug testing, and the goal is to identify individuals with potential drug problems or a behavorial pattern of drug use.

  • Build a “clean” talent pool.  Identifying 2-10X more drug users means you keep more users from polluting your business.
  • Deter usage. 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 employment decisions with unwavering confidence.
  • Cheating is a thing of the past. A sample collection for Psychemedics pre-employment drug testing program is fully observed and defeats evasion tactics.

We invented the science that re-invented drug testing.

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

Confused? We have 30 years of stories to share.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing & Employee Drug Testing

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 the operation of equipment and machinery that could be impaired by drug abuse, which is dangerous for employees, customers, and the employer. In order 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

Pre-employment drug testing is administered during a screening process when a person accepts an offer of employment. Passing the test is normally a condition-of-employment. The purpose of pre-employment drug testing is to identify applicants who may or may not be in compliance with drug policies for the hiring company. Most Psychemedics clients focus on identifying habitual or chronic abusers of prescription or illicit drugs and the 90-day detection window of our tests makes it possible to identify those individuals. The results of our tests are completely confidential, disclosed only to the company requesting the test 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 the effect they can have on quality and productivity. Beyond the immediate financial impact of reduced quality and productivity, there is also the long-term risk of losing market share to a competitor’s company 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.

More Facts About How Employee Drug Abuse Affects Businesses

What is the most commonly used illegal drug by employees?
Marijuana is the most commonly used and abused illegal drug by employees, followed by cocaine, with prescription drug use steadily increasing.

Current drug users are more likely to work for employers who do not drug test.
The study from 2002, 2003, and 2004 National Surveys on Drug Use and health uncovers an important finding for companies, showing that drug users were more likely to work for employers that did not conduct employee drug or alcohol testing programs.

3+ jobs in the past five years = higher change of illegal drug use
Workers who report having three or more jobs in the previous five years are about twice as likely to be current or past year users of illegal drugs as those who have had two or fewer jobs. NCADD Fact Sheet: Alcohol and Other Drugs in the Workplace.

Small businesses are most vulnerable to worker substance abuse
According to statistics of businesses from the U.S. Census Bureau, small businesses were most vulnerable and particularly disadvantaged by these type of workers.

Why Companies Should Drug Test Employees

Cost of Drug Use to Companies

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

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.

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 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.

Drug Testing for Industries

What Drugs Can Psychemedics detect?

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

Can you spot the chronic 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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