Companies Moving To Make The Workplace Drug-Free

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Drug abuse costs employers an estimated $60 billion a year. In retaliation, some companies have introduced drug testing programs as part of a growing movement to stop drug abuse among employees. Such was the message heard by 200 Fortune 500 company representatives attending a conference in Washington, D.C. The topic was “Corporate Initiatives for a Drug-Free Workplace.” Although the meeting was geared primarily for corporations, it dealt with issues that affect anybody who employs people or who is involved in antidrug abuse campaigns. Among the statistics that hit home, Richard L. Lesher, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told the corporate executives that more than $110 billion is grossed annually from the sale of illegal drugs in the United States-double the profits of all Fortune 500 companies. In addition, a spokesman for the National Institute on Drug Abuse noted that almost half the people they polled said they know people who use cocaine. The same study showed that 98% of Americans perceive illegal drugs to be an important national problem. Costs of drug abuse to employers result mostly from poor productivity and accidents on the job. For example, the Chamber of Commerce estimates that drug using employees are one-third less productive and incur three times the costs for medical expenses. Also, users are late three times as often and become involved in accidents 3.6 times more often. And they are five times as likely to file for worker’s compensation and use three times more sick benefits. Corporations sent representatives to the workshop to find ways to help spur corporate commitment to a drug-free workplace. The program was sponsored by Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., Nutley, N.J. Speakers at the day-long conference included President Ronald Reagan, who encouraged attendees to continue and expand their efforts. Also present were Irwin Lerner, president and CEO of Hoffmann-La Roche Inc.; George Gallup Jr.; and Alexander B. Trowbridge, president, National Association of Manufacturers. The main focus of the conference was the design and implementation of a corporate antidrug abuse program. “We in the business community have a special responsibility in combating drug abuse,” Lerner said. In addition to receiving antidrug booklets, posters, and ads for the workplace, conferees heard the results of a new nationwide Gallup poll on corporate drug testing. The study showed that 28% of the nation’s large companies (with more than 5,000 employees) have drug testing programs. In addition, 13% of companies with 1,501 employees to 5,000 employees have implemented such a program, along with 10% of smaller companies. Most companies (54%) initiated their program to protect safe workrecords or reduce the number of accidents. A two-thirds incidence of drug abuse in the last year was detected by those companies that have drug testingprograms. When a positive test is confirmed, most companies (78%) said that they refer the individual to counseling.   Debbie Epstein Source Citation   (MLA 7th Edition) Epstein, Debbie. “Companies moving to make the workplace drug-free.” Drug Topics 18 July 1988: 48+. General OneFile. Web. 23 Mar. 2015. URL http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA6518502&v=2.1&u=lom_accessmich&it=r&p=ITOF&sw=w&asid=afd0bbef5656aa00e9997b121906f7ae

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Mar, 2015

How to Pass a Mouth Swab Drug Test in 2015

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There are a lot of invasive laws out there, but one of the most invasive is the administration of a mouth swab test when you’re trying to get a job. Not only is it invasive to your personal life, it’s also one of the first ways that you can put yourself in possible financial jeopardy. While the laws and methods of administering drug tests have changed, there are a lot of benefits to mouth swab testing than other types of tests (namely urine test methods)- the ways to pass the test are pretty cut and dry, and the processes straight to the point as long as you know when the test is going to be administered.   How these types of tests are administered Typically speaking, the spit in your mouth has all of your genetic information inside of each little molecule- exactly like your blood. Everything that you’ve put into your mouth or bloodstream can be detected on these types of tests because your spit contains metabolites that are a kind of receipt that carry all sorts of information. Through these tests, a strip or sponge is placed in the mouth, and dyes specifically designed to react to the effects of drugs change the color of the strip or sponge. You’re supposed to swab the entirety of your mouth, including your teeth and gums and under your tongue. These tests usually administer results immediately and all the information that the employer needs is right there on the strip.   There are several HUGE advantages to this system for you: -Mouth swabs only detect results within a short period of time (1-3 days), so they don’t have to be prepared for months in advance like most other types of tests- particularly urine analysis tests you would have had to consume huge amounts of a drug to get positive results after this window. -Every test is different, but typically speaking mouth swabs are easier to pass when you’re only worried about THC (marijuana cannabinoids) compared to urine tests, albeit they’re very effective at picking up methamphetamine and cocaine. -Usually these tests are easier to hand out to employees, but more expensive, which prevents most employers from doing wide-spread tests.   Unfortunately, there are a wide array of negative aspects to these types of tests: -Saliva is considered non-invasive, which means that employers can give the tests whenever and wherever they want without you claiming privacy or time to prepare for the test. -The results are typically found very quickly (within 5-15 minutes) -They can detect several different varieties of drugs at the same time So, how do you pass these kinds of mouth swab tests? The major advantage that potential administrators of mouth swab tests have is that they typically can deliver the tests with extremely short notice, so if you’re worried about one at work, you had better make sure that your mouth is as clean as it can be (which is your biggest defense against this type of test). There are several possible ways to pass these tests, even if one is sprung on you, as long as you have a little bit of time to prepare yourself.   Prior to administration: -DON’T TAKE/ DO DRUGS WITHIN 3 DAYS IF YOU’RE INFORMED OF A TEST -Focus on brushing your teeth at least three times, covering all areas of the mouth (including the gums, cheek and tongue) which are the most common sites for drug swab tests -Even nicotine or energy drinks could lead to a false positive, which gives you two options: you could either rely on a false positive to buy you time to pass your test, or refrain from these kinds of products for 48 hours (this includes poppy seeds) -Eat fatty meals that make you salivate and start digesting, which can clear your mouth of drug-carrying metabolites -Ensure that you’re drinking plenty of water to ensure that your mouth isn’t retaining metabolites because fluids aren’t moving through your body -Rinse your mouth with easy to purchase items like lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide, or even vinegar, swishing it around in your mouth for several minutes at a time, or buy specifically designed detox mouthwash about 15 minutes before your test   While a test is being administered: -Don’t completely “follow instructions”, avoiding swabbing between your teeth and on your gum line where drug chemicals typically reside because of crevices in the teeth -Even Altoids mints or cinnamon candy can help you hide anything that might be in your saliva -Eating ice helps rinse your mouth, so your spit is diluted and contains less metabolites -If your doctor prescribes you any medication, tell the administrator to maximize your excuse options if the tests come back positive.   IF your test comes up positive Don’t panic, or admit to anything. Test results contain 5% chances of bearing false positives, so try to use that to your advantage. If you’re taking any vitamins, prescriptions, or have even eaten anything that might have the effected the test at all make sure that you mention it. Plus, mouth swabs aren’t approved in EVERY situation in the workforce, so you might be able to get away with it if you hire an attorney or you suspect foul-play by your employer, and if there’s even the slightest chance that you could pass at a later time, ask the administrator if you can double check your results with a urine analysis, so you can prepare. AND, most importantly-     DON’T LOSE YOUR COOL.

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Mar, 2015

The #1 Rule To Passing A Urine Drug Test

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Rationalizations Don’t Work Passing a urine test requires preparation. People that go in to their tests without the proper preparation have already lost. Too many people refuse to accept defeat even when they’ve failed the test. Doing that is just going to cause them to sink even more. Failing a drug test can be serious, depending on the situation. Failing a drug test and obviously lying about it is even more serious. It’s possible to pass a urine drug test even under the most desperate circumstances. However, plenty of people don’t do what needs to be done in order to really pass. Far too many people just try to wing the tests. When they inevitably fail the tests, they start coming out with all these rationalizations. Rationalizing the results of a failed urine test usually isn’t going to work. People that try rationalizing away the results almost always look guiltier in the process. They can do more harm than good. Rationalizing doesn’t even qualify as a last-minute solution. Preparing for urine tests properly is what allows people to pass them. Trying to essentially argue with the lab equipment is ineffective and shouldn’t be tried. There are many ways to prepare for a urine drug test (actually you can go to this site for more information on that: randomstudentdrugtesting.com/. The trick is getting the right results, not trying to spin the results in the right way. Keeping Synthetic Urine On Hand Using synthetic urine is one of the most effective ways of getting the right results. Good synthetic urine is uniform. It will produce the right results every time. The suppliers will often give people all the tools they need to pass their tests. Some people should prepare for these situations by keeping some synthetic urine on hand for emergencies. Unlike real urine, synthetic urine usually lasts for a relatively long time. Synthetic urine also has the advantage of being clean. It’s the sort of thing that can be stored for a while if necessary. Many people have managed to coast through drug tests by using synthetic urine. It’s a good idea to keep track of laboratory developments when using synthetic urine. Lab tests keep on getting more and more sophisticated. Synthetic urine has to change with them. However, the stuff that’s currently on the market should work just fine. Here’s a good video on The #1 Rule To Passing A Urine Drug Test: Hydration People that don’t have synthetic urine on hand can sometimes pass their tests through increased hydration. Lab tests for urine are based on the concentration of the drug in the sample. It stands to reason that drinking more water is going to change the concentration. People that have a relatively large amount of time prior to their tests will have an easier time with this. In some cases, people in this situation will simply have to increase their fluid intake. People flush some of the chemicals out of their systems each time they urinate. Anything that increases urine output is helpful. Drinking too much water can decrease the sodium ion in a person’s bloodstream, however. It’s a good idea to consume more electrolytes during situations like this to avoid problems. Using diuretics in general will help the body purge itself of the drug. Anything that dehydrates the body is a diuretic. Caffeine qualifies, and it’s always okay to test positive for caffeine. The stronger the diuretic, the most effective it will be, but the results will be more dramatic. Strong diuretics should only be used during emergencies. Purging the body of a drug is going to have side effects. Some people may develop headaches or feelings of fatigue when this happens. People that are taking partially monitored urine tests may not be able to use synthetic urine. Their monitors may be checking for that sort of thing. With hydration, there’s technically no deception involved. People are essentially just cleaning out their own biological systems. However, the people running the tests are sensitive to these kinds of tricks, too. People that overly hydrate themselves are going to have clear, dilute urine. Lab techs will sometimes notice and question them. Taking B vitamins can sometimes result in yellow urine regardless of the water content. Even in these situations, there are ways to pass urine drug tests. However, the important thing is relying on subtle deception as opposed to blatant deception.

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