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Why is Pre-employment Drug Testing Crucial?

Pre-employment drug testing has become a crucial requirement in the 1980s in the U.S. Military after a significant number of those in service were reportedly under the influence of drugs. Eventually, several industries, especially those in the government, adopted the same requirement of drug screening when it became evident that drug use can impact job performance, productivity, and the worker's behavior. We offer fast and reliable pre-employment drug testing services at All Care Family Medicine and Urgent Care, Atlanta.

What do the statistics say?

Records from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) showed that drug users are three times more likely to skip work, than non-users. They are also four times more likely to have work-related accidents, injuries and commit mistakes, as well as five times more likely to lodge a Workers' Compensation Claim.

However, aside from the implications to their health and wellness, drug users could be putting their co-workers at risk because of their vice. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCAAD), 80% of people who are involved in work-related accidents because of a drug user are actually innocent and non-dependent co-workers.

Types of Pre-Employment Drug Testing

When the health and safety of the company employees is at stake, requiring a pre-employment drug testing trial may be a necessity.

Pre-employment drug tests may include tracing evidence of drugs in the person's breath, urine, blood, saliva, sweat and hair. Thus, applicants for the company may be required to: 

submit blood and urine samples

subject themselves to a mouth swab, or breathalyzer

allow technicians to cut hundreds of hairs near the scalp

Conditions of Pre-Employment Drug Testing

These drug tests, however, can be seen as an invasion of privacy. Thus, some states require employers, whether private or government establishments, to explicitly advise potential candidates of their drug-testing policy in advance before proceeding with the hiring process. Employers must also make it known if they will use the drug test results as the basis for hiring the applicant, per the American Civil Liberties Union.

In some cases, employers advertising for safe-sensitive jobs must indicate in their job posts that a drug screening is part of the requirement. In others, the drug screenings come only after the applicant has successfully passed the interviews and company tests, and could well be offered a job.

Even then, employers have to inform the applicant of the drug screening requirement in advance. The drug test notice may also be done in writing, detailing the methods, procedures and what the potential employee must expect.

Why Choose All Care Family Medicine Walk-in Clinic in Atlanta

When done right, pre-employment drug testing may improve the company’s selection process and, in effect, reduce employee turnover, absenteeism, accidents, or theft and violence in the workplace. It can also boost the overall morale of the workers.

To avoid any untoward incidents, or risks and to keep the integrity of the process, employers must ensure that they work with a reputable drug-testing companies, such as All Care Family Medicine Walk-in Clinic in Atlanta.

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.