Pre Employment Drug Testing

At New Era Drug Testing, our clients often administer a pre employment drug test to screen qualified applicants for signs of illicit substance abuse, discourage current drug users from applying, and send a message about the values of the company. New Era’s pre employment drug testing solutions are designed to meet your company policy and Drug Free Workplace program’s obligations while helping you stay DOT-compliant, and our drug and alcohol testing programs have been designed to reduce an employers’ liability in the event of a drug or alcohol-related accident.

Worrying Statistics

For employers who feel that pre employment drug testing is a superfluous and costly practice, know this: according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nearly 7% of full-time employees and 9% of part-time employees currently use illegal drugs, and the U.S. Department of Labor states that more than 60% of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In fact, NOT administering a pre employment drug test may actually cost your company in the long run, as the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence estimates that drug abuse costs employers $81 billion each year.


Types Of Tests We Perform For Pre Employment

Depending on the type of drug test your company wishes to perform, specimen samples (blood, urine, saliva, or hair) are collected from job applicants at a clinic or certified drug testing site, and little notice is given before the test is administered to prevent tampering or attempts to corrupt testing accuracy. Generally, saliva and urine can detect drug use in the past 48 hours, while testing the hair follicle can show drug use as far back as 90 days. Tests New Era offers employers include:

Types of Drugs Detected in a Pre Employment Drug Test

Depending on the type of test, pre-employment drug tests can detect up to 14 different drugs, but the most common illegal drugs are marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine (PCP). Also, although medications prescribed by a physician aren’t illegal, high levels of pain-killers or sedatives may indicate a substance abuse problem and must be carefully scrutinized with the help of a Medical Review Officer.

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Pre Employment Drug Testing Benefits

Because employees who use drugs can put your business at serious financial and legal risk, the Department of Transportation requires all transportation companies to institute a mandatory pre employment drug testing policy as part of their comprehensive Drug Free Workplace program. Studies have shown that regular testing of employees – including those who haven’t started working yet – can increase workplace productivity and morale while decreasing absenteeism, employee turnover rates, theft, property damage, workplace violence, accidents, compensation claims, and costs. For more information on how a pre employment drug test from New Era can benefit your business, call us today at 1-800-801-0966.