10 million workplace drug tests analysed
Conducted by American clinical laboratory services company Quest Diagnostics, the study focused on analysing more than 10 million workplace drug test results. According to the study positive drug tests increased from 4.3% of tests in 2013 to 4.7% last year. That makes 2014 the second year that drug tests indicated a rise in the use of illicit drugs.
The study also found out that in the general U.S. workforce, positive marijuana tests increased from 2.1% in 2013 to 2.4% in 2014. There was also a slight rise in positive test results for cocaine to 0.24% in 2014. Amphetamines and crystal meth or ice use also grew ever so slightly from .97% in 2013 to 1.04% in 2014.
It is disheartening to know that despite the now-widespread awareness about drug testing and how effective it is in preserving the health and safety of everyone in the workplace, many workers still get fixes of their substances of choice and continue to endanger themselves as well as their colleagues. It’s also frustrating to learn that this increase has come after a period of stability or decline. Hopefully, increased efforts on the part of employers to implement drug testing policies would arrest this clearly alarming rise in workplace drug use.
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