5 – Panel Hair Drug Test: Why it’s the Best

Hair tests are the absolute best way to stop drugs in the workplace.  Quest Diagnostics is the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services. They state that “hair testing detects nearly twice the number of positives as a urine test. Unlike urine drug testing, which may only detect drug use within the past 2-3 days, hair testing is able to detect a pattern of repetitive drug use for up to 90 days. While urine testing is well suited to detect recent drug use for post-accident or reasonable suspicion testing, a hair test is the most effective way to evaluate long-term patterns of use, making it an excellent option for a pre-employment or random testing program.”

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Positive test results are confirmed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), or in the case of marijuana gas chromatography/mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry  (GC/MS/MS), and are usually returned within 48 to 72 hours. With urine drug tests, the positivity rates are often less than 4%.

The hair test with expanded opiates detects the following illicit drugs: Amphetamines             (amphetamine, methamphetamine, MDMA, MDA), Cocaine, Marijuana (THC), Phencyclidine (PCP), Opiates including ecstasy, Codeine, Morphine, Expanded Opiates, Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, and Oxymorphone.

With the use of prescription opiates on the rise, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports over a 300% increase in the sales of painkillers since 1999.  As the misuse and illicit use of prescription painkillers continues to increase, so does the need for opiate detection.  Typical opiate tests screen for the use of codeine and opiates.  With the added expanded opiates panel, this test will not only detect the use of codeine and morphine, but also for commonly prescribed pain killers, which include hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Hycodan), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), oxycodone (Endocet, Endodan, Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin, OxyFast, OxyIR, Roxicet, Tylox), and oxymorphone (Numorphan).

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers $81 billion annually. Left unchecked, drug abuse can seriously compromise the integrity and stability of your workplace. Consider these statistics:

  • Nearly 7 percent of adults employed full time, and 9 percent of those employed part time, currently use illegal drugs (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – SAMHSA).
  • More than 70 percent of substance abusers hold some type of job (American Council of Drug Education). In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, more than 60 percent of adults know someone who has come to work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Drug testing can help to improve employee morale, business productivity, and better insurance rates, while simultaneously decreasing absenteeism, fewer incidents of worker’s compensation claims, time lost, turnover and theft.

Let The Pre-Check Company help keep you and your employees safe, on AND off the job. Choose our 5-panel hair drug test.

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