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What to Expect During a Drug Test – A Guide for Job Seekers and Employees

Rapid Drug Testing V.S. Traditional Testing Methods

Having pre-employment drug screenings can be an invaluable tool for employers. It helps to ensure that employees are not using illegal substances and can create a safe and productive workplace.

Several types of tests are available for employers, including urine, saliva, hair follicle, and blood tests. The most common type is the urine test. This is because it is relatively inexpensive and easy to conduct. The frequency of testing may vary depending on company policy. Some companies may require testing prior to hiring, while others may require ongoing screening throughout employment.

The purpose of these screenings is twofold. First, it helps ensure that employees are not abusing illegal substances or alcohol. Secondly, it assures employers that their workplace will remain safe and productive. Employees who fail a drug test may be subject to disciplinary action or even termination, depending on company policy.

Special considerations should be taken when conducting drug screens for those with special medical conditions. Furthermore, some people will have prescription medications that will show up on drug screens. Because of this, in some cases, employees might be asked to provide documentation from their physician before taking the test. Additionally, privacy implications should always be taken into account when conducting these screenings. Policies should clearly outline how the information collected will be used and stored securely in accordance with relevant laws and regulations (e.g., HIPAA).

Proper Protocol for Job Seekers and Employees During the Process of a Drug Test.

The most common type of sample used in drug tests is urine. Although other types, such as hair, saliva, and blood, may also be requested. During the test, you will provide a sample in a designated area. The test typically takes about 5-10 minutes. You can expect the results usually within days. It is important to note that different drugs remain in your system for varying lengths of time. Because of this, it’s important to know what substances are being tested. 

Most of the time, businesses will start with a urine or saliva test, also known as an oral fluid test. This will tell them if there are drugs present in the employee’s body. We can also test for other things, such as alcohol and nicotine. However, it is vital that the patient reveals any medications they are on. If they are on a medication that would give a false positive due to a prescription, many times, employers will opt for a blood or hair test. This will ensure that the patient is taking the medication as prescribed in a safe manner.

This testing is beneficial to both the employer and the employee. It ensures a safe work environment. But, it also protects the employer from liabilities that could come about due to accidents and injuries from a person that is on drugs or alcohol.

Understanding the Different Drug Tests

Knowing the different types of sample analysis methods used in a drug test, such as urine or hair follicle tests, is crucial. For example, urine tests detect recent use, while hair follicle tests can identify drug use within 90 days of consumption. Furthermore, you should understand which drugs you are being tested for. This will help you to better mentally prepare. If you haven’t touched any drugs or alcohol within the allotted time frame associated with the type of test, then you simply have nothing to worry about. 

Our testing methods are very accurate and can detect when someone has tampered with the sample. Always be honest, as when we detect tampered samples, this can lead to issues with your employer.  

We use s GC/MS or immunoassay tests that are very accurate. We can also detect when someone has tried drinking a lot of water or other fluids in an attempt to dilute the sample. While staying hydrated when expected to provide a urine test is important, you shouldn’t overdo it. This can lead to the sample being thrown out as being tampered with. Furthermore, our testing can detect even small amounts of substances. So, drinking a lot of fluids isn’t going to flush the traces of drugs or alcohol out of your system.

Understanding Regulations, Privacy Policies, and Drug Test Results

When undergoing any type of pre-employment screening or periodic checkup at work, expect questions regarding lifestyle habits, such as alcohol consumption or illegal drug use. Employers must adhere to state laws governing employee privacy rights and inform workers beforehand about any additional requirements. They must also inform applicants/employees in advance about any potential consequences related directly to positive test results, such as immediate dismissal.

Employers might ask an employee (or prospective applicant) to undergo a drug screen if there is suspicion that a person has been using illicit substances. Furthermore, drug testing may be needed if an employee was involved in an accident at the workplace requiring medical attention. Another scenario is if an employee is directly involved with sensitive corporate information. The company must adhere to national laws regulating these activities in all cases. Failure to do so could result in legal action being taken against them.

Taking a drug test can be intimidating, but with Keystone Lab, you can rest assured that you will receive accurate and reliable results. With our highly trained staff and state-of-the-art equipment, you can be sure to receive the best service and results possible. Visit Keystone Lab today to learn more about our services and to take advantage of our fast turnaround times for drug testing! If you have any questions or concerns regarding preparation for your drug screen, call us at 800-230-2991.

Drug Testing for Employees

Drug testing is an increasingly common practice among employers in many industries. Understanding the process and what to expect during a drug test can help job seekers and employees prepare for these screenings. At Keystone Labs, we work with many employers to help them screen their employees. Our staff is very kind and understanding to our patients but also caters to our business owners as well. If you have questions as a business owner or employee regarding what to expect from us, call us at 800-230-2991 today. 

Work With A Trusted Toxicology Expert

Keystone Laboratories, a CAP-accredited North Carolina licensed laboratory and CLIA-licensed lab, is committed to helping you make important decisions that impact the safety and health of your patients with greater confidence. Clients in 48 states can get prescription drug and substance abuse recovery monitoring, specialized testing, workplace drug testing, screening, and program management services from Keystone. Contact Keystone Laboratories today to receive the industry-leading laboratory testing services!

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