Why Would Someone Who is Employed Want to Pass a Drug Test?
While most states don’t condemn the use of medical or even recreational marijuana in the workforce, there are still companies that are staunch against its usage in their company. In some cases there is a serious risk of unemployment, depending upon the employment standards of the company and how strictly they adhere to such policies.
Saliva drug tests
Saliva drug testing is conducted through swabbing saliva samples from the inside of the mouth. Much like submitting a saliva sample to join the bone marrow donor registry, saliva drug testing is quick and painless.
This short screening range can pose a problem if the employee simply abstains from drug use for a few days prior to the test, but immediately resumes using afterwards. Saliva is more readily available and more hygienic than urine, but the properties of saliva can (and do) dilute the traces of drugs that are being screened for. This makes the overall test method a challenging one to solely base conclusions on. Conducting a saliva test is minimally invasive, but is not always the most accurate method of drug testing. Some of the chemical components of drugs, including THC (found in marijuana) do not show up very well in saliva. This dilution makes it difficult to test drug levels with a measure of specific accuracy.
Sweat drug tests
Sweat patch tests are very rarely used by employers to drug test. The sweat patch is not an immediate test, and takes time to yield its results. Most often, these sweat patches are the preferred method of drug testing for court cases – or for patients going through a rehabilitation program. The sweat patches have a screening window of about two weeks, making them much further-reaching than urine tests. Sweat patches are tamper-proof as well.
Once the sweat patch is applied to the skin, it cannot be altered or removed. It is stuck on the skin and will screen for toxins and substances until it is removed in the proper way by a medical professional. This fact is particularly helpful in court cases where ongoing evidence is needed to be analyzed or recorded, but 24/7 supervision is not a possibility. Since the patch cannot be tampered with, the results cannot be skewed or manipulated. The raw results are taken straight from the skin and sweat, making this method a trustworthy one.
Who and what are they drug testing for?
Employers from institutions, private sectors, and even retail chains are administer drug tests for various reasons besides what has been mentioned. Schools, hospitals, and construction companies are three examples who administer drug testing on their employees. Whether it’s for pre-employment testing, random testing, cause of suspicion testing for various reasons, post-accident testing, return-to-duty testing, and/or follow-up testing, there are administered for all the right reasons. Because of the various forms of testing, majority of them are being tested for amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana, phencyclidine (PCP), and opioids.
Naturally, any government-funded program has employment drug testing. Likewise, many full-time employees are said to have used or are using drugs. Additionally, those who change jobs often or are always missing work are susceptible to a drug test. Being late every so often can be due to family constraints, but do not think that a drug test in the near future for this person will be eliminated from a drug test. Accident prone people and those who are out of control or verbally abusive at the workplace may also be a person of interest to an administrator. Additionally, a person who is about to file a workers compensation claim after an accident at a job site will not escape a drug test as well.