Positive Results for Pre-Employment Drug Testing Rose 5.7% in First Half of 2012

Positive pre-employment urine drug screening in the United States rose 5.7 percent in the first half of 2012, compared with all of 2011, according to a survey by Quest Diagnostics, a medical lab research company.

In contrast, the positive rate from random drug testing in the general workforce decreased 5.8 percent, The Huffington Post reports.

“Employers are having some difficulty finding employees who can pass their drug tests,” said Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology for Quest.

The drug most commonly used by job applicants continues to be marijuana, followed by amphetamines. The survey found 2 percent of the 3.4 million urine drug tests were positive for marijuana, compared with 0.86 percent for amphetamines. Dr. Sample said the company found no correlation between states that have decriminalized or legalized marijuana, and positivity rates for pre-employment drug tests.

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    March 8, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    What State has the highest pre-employment positive result for Marijuana? What is the percentage of those who tested positive for THC has medical reason/card for use?

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    March 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Something is wrong in this report. 2% positive for marijuana???? About 10 years ago a new Sam’s Club opened near here with 220 jobs. They had over 2,400 applicants and more than half were rejected because of dirty urines. About that time I went in to my supermarket near campus and there were a bunch of new faces. I went to the check out lane that had a familiar face and asked what happened? Seems everybody had to pee in a cup on Thursday and all the college kids were fired on Monday. Maybe folks are better at beating the tests now, but I do not buy a 2% marijuana rate.

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    March 8, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Ive worked in substance abuse field for over 20 years. I believe positive drug screen results for employed have reduced because the marijuana users now use the synthetic marijuana. It is easy to find and most employers do not test for it (it is not a routine test and it is more expensive). We have many substance users that are employed and use this drug as well as other prescription drugs that are not tested for in a routine test. Also, employers dont have drug free work place policies that address synthetic marijiuana. Ex. a personnel handbook will list drugs that are not acceptable in work place and synthetic marijuana not listed. This includes unions (because I have looked at steam fitters and pipefitters hand book) Therefore, I believe that number is misleading because there are people abusing and addicted to synthetic marijuana and employed and employers are unaware.

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