With rising synthetic drug use, employers are now faced with the added challenge of testing their employees for the said drugs, says Trish Mehaffey in a report for The Gazette.
Test for synthetic drug use different from regular drug test
Testing for synthetic drugs, however, means additional expenses for employers, because tests that detect synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones differ from regular drug tests. Synthetic tests are twice the cost of regular drug tests, and that could be deterring some employers from including synthetic drugs in their workplace drug testing programs.
However, it is in the best interest of employers to test for synthetics, because they tend to be even more dangerous than regular illegal drugs. Synthetic cannabinoids, for instance, can cause severe agitation and anxiety, elevated blood pressure, tremors and seizures, hallucinations, suicidal tendencies, and other harmful thoughts or actions. On the other hand, synthetic cathinone, which has similarities with amphetamines, increases heart rate and blood pressure, chest pain, extreme paranoia, hallucinations, and triggers violent behaviour.
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