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Implementation

 

Customize a Comprehensive Program that will Accomplish your Goals and Give you Peace of Mind

Things You Wanted to Know

Most employers know that Drug Testing is a big fator in having a Drug Free workplace, but there are many questions as to where to start, how to implement and so on.

At DDS, it is our job to give an employer peace of mind by making his or her life simple & easy as it relates to a Drug Testing policy and program. Because we are one of the leading Third Party Administrators (TPA) in the country, we make the hard stuff look easy!

Before we actually begin strategic planning, there is a basic conversation between DDS and the employer. Usually the conversation is more of a question and answer period. Sometimes we ask the questions and sometimes the employer asks the questions. We thought it would help you to know the most commonly asked questions by employers (not in any particular order)….and of course our answers.

1. What drugs can we test for?

Drug Testing is generally divided into 2 type…..Regulated and Non-Regulated. This simply means that if you’re in particular industry, business (including specific departments or divisions) that must follow government (mostly D.O.T.) guidelines for Drug Testing, than the rules are already set for you to follow, and DDS would implement a program that complies with those mandates.

On the other hand, if you are a Non-Regulated business that wants to put a Drug Free Workplace policy and program into place, you can be more diverse regarding the different substances of abuse to test for, the way that you test for them and other variables to consider. DDS would ask you several questions to determine our recommendations to accomplish your goal.

2. What is the best method of drug testing?

Because we already mentioned that Regulated Drug Testing is pre-determined regarding all aspects, including methodology; we’ll talk about Non-Regulated drug testing. There is a difference between best “method” and “most accurate” drug testing. Different collection methods include Urine, Hair and Oral Swab. Some urine and oral swab tests are called “Instant” tests, because results are determined in a matter of minutes after the sample is given. However, the most legally accurate methods regardless of the substance you’re collecting for analysis is laboratory analyzed / confirmed including a Medical Review Officer (MRO).

3. How long do drugs stay in someone’s system?

Different drugs metabolize in the body at a different rates and different people can metabolize the same drug at different rates, so there is not one standard answer, except to say that in general, all substances of abuse tested for by urine or oral swab methodology should be present within several days of consumption. The exception to this rule is Hair analysis which can go back an average of 90 days from time of consumption.

4. How and where are samples collected?

Our clients have their choice of sending their candidates and employees to a conveniently located collection site, where they will give their sample. Other alternatives would be “On site” collections, where we would have a collector come to the employer’s facility to collect samples.

5. How long does it take for drug test results?

To protect both the employer and subject with the most effective and efficient analyzation strategy, DDS utilizes the following protocols prior to results being delivered to employer:

  • Sample is collected and sent to an accredited Laboratory for analysis
    If the initial analysis indicates a “Negative” result (no drugs detected), results are electronically sent to our MRO who double checks the findings, then when confirmed, will enter the final results into the DDS system for instant access by the employer. Average time: 24 hours.
    If the initial analysis is “Positive” (drug(s) detected), an automatic secondary and confirmatory analysis will be conducted. This is a safeguard for employers and subjects, because cut-off levels are higher and results are 100% accurate. If the confirmatory analysis is “Negative” (no drugs found), results are electronically sent to our MRO who double checks the findings, then when confirmed, will enter the final results into our proprietary system for instant access by the employer. Average time: 48 hours.
  • If the secondary confirmatory analysis remains “Positive” (drug(s) found), then the results are electronically sent to our MRO who double checks the findings and will also check to see if subject had any medications listed on forms. In those cases our MRO will attempt to contact the subject directly to inquire as to why a “Positive” result was found. If the subject has a prescription for medication containing that substance, then the MRO will confirm the prescription via the subject’s doctor or Pharmacist. If there is no medical reason why the result was positive, the MRO will enter that result into our proprietary system for instant access by the employer. Average time: 48-72 hours.
  • If the MRO finds and confirms a legitimate reason why the specific drug(s) was detected in the analysis, than the MRO has the authority to turn the “Positive” (drug(s) found) to a “Negative” (no drugs found). Results are then entered into the DDS system for instant access by the employer. Average time: 48 – 72 hours.

6. Can someone mask drugs in their system and have a Negative result?

The short answer is “Yes”. There are certain substances that can mask specific substances of abuse during a certain drug testing methodologies. However it is certainly worth noting that accredited laboratories are now testing for masking properties which will be included in reporting.

7. Can Poppy seeds cause a positive result?

Poppy seeds are an opiate, but not anywhere near the concentrations of an opiate found in a substance of abuse. Still, if using a “non-lab” analysis indicator, a positive could come up if you have enough poppy seeds and test within an hour of ingestion. However, with lab analysis and automatic confirmation protocols in place, it is extremely unlikely to see that type of false positive.

We hope the questions and answers helped clarify any questions you may have had about drug testing. If you have additional drug testing questions, please feel free to contact us at support@employeescreening.com or call us (800) 647-7999.

Things you wanted to know

1. What Drugs can we Test For?    more>

2. What is the Best Method of Drug Testing?    more>

3. How Long do Drugs Stay in Someone’s System?    more>

4. How and Where are Samples Collected?    more>

5. How Long does it Take for Drug Test Results?    more>

6. Can Someone Mask Drugs in Their System?    more>

Testimonials

I cannot say enough positive things when it comes to customer service and working with DDS. We have been particularly impressed with the consistency of service and the reliability of the staff. They are fabulous!

- Jennifer, RedPeak

It is with great pleasure to write a recommendation for DDS and its phenomenal Team! They have always proven to be responsive, helpful, efficient, trustworthy and competent. We have been utilizing their services for the past 13+ years and look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.

- Holly, Pavilion Agency, Inc.

Things you wanted to know

1. What Drugs can we Test For?    more>

2. What is the Best Method of Drug Testing?    more>

3. How Long do Drugs Stay in Someone’s System?    more>

4. How and Where are Samples Collected?    more>

5. How Long does it Take for Drug Test Results?    more>

6. Can Someone Mask Drugs in Their System?    more>

Testimonials

I cannot say enough positive things when it comes to customer service and working with DDS. We have been particularly impressed with the consistency of service and the reliability of the staff. They are fabulous!

- Jennifer, RedPeak

It is with great pleasure to write a recommendation for DDS and its phenomenal Team! They have always proven to be responsive, helpful, efficient, trustworthy and competent. We have been utilizing their services for the past 13+ years and look forward to continuing our relationship for many years to come.

- Holly, Pavilion Agency, Inc.