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Telebriefs®: Workplace Drug Testing Study Shows Nationwide Increase in Drug Use

drug-testingLast month, Quest Diagnostics, a clinical laboratory service, published a workplace drug study called The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ that revealed an increase in positive workplace drug results. Every year, Quest Diagnostics conducts this survey comparing millions of drug test results. After examining almost 11 million drug test results from 2015, they found that the rate of amphetamine, marijuana and heroin test detection has increased every year for the past four years. While amphetamine and marijuana use increased 44% and 45% respectively, heroin has increased a shocking 146% over the last four years. Quest Diagnostics also found that post-accident positive drug test rates have increased 30% since 2011.


Employers, especially in job sectors that require drug testing, should be wary of these findings. Workplace drug and alcohol policies should be examined and testing results should be reviewed and compared on at least an annual basis. To learn more about this study and how to prevent drug use in your workplace, listen to this week’s Telebrief here.


Also in this week’s Telebrief:  What labor issues to look out for during the presidential debates, whether employers can ask job applicants to disclose their salary history, and legally required accommodations for pregnant and disabled employees.



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Howard Kurman websiteHoward K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.

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