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Testing for drugs as part of the pre-employment screening is becoming a necessity. The liability, productivity and health issues surrounding drug abuse in the workplace are an important concerns for employers. The percentage of workers who reported some form of drug testing program in their workplace is up 5% in each of the last few years.

For those employed in small businesses (less than 25 employees) the use of drug testing increased to 28 percent. The increase was even greater for medium-sized businesses (25 to 499 employees) the use of drug testing increased to 58 percent. With the larger companies (500+ employees) the percentage of drug testing was at 74 percent.

Suspicion based testing, post-accident testing and random drug testing programs are increasingly used to maintain a safe and productive workplace.

Courts/Law Enforcement

Courts and law enforcement agencies are taking advantage of the superior capabilities of hair testing. With hair testing's accuracy, wide window of detection and flexibility as to time of collection, better decisions can be made in court cases and parole situations.

Educational Institutions

School administrators have been given more latitude from parents, communities and the courts to establish testing programs to find and help drug abusing students.

Hair testing is a particularly effective method to meet this need. The non-invasive collection procedure coupled with the inability to adulterate the sample makes it an ideal test for uncovering a pattern of substance abuse in teens.

Key Facts

bulletHair Follicle drug testing is the most effective test for long term drug use.
bullet25% of high school seniors admitted using an illicit drug in the past month
bulletA recent survey reported that nearly 16 million Americans had used illicit drugs in the previous month
bulletThe most commonly used drugs of abuse are marijuana and cocaine
bulletIn the first half of 2002 there were over 300,000 visits to emergency rooms related to use of illegal drugs or non-medical use of a legal drug
bulletIn 2000 Americans spent $36 billion on cocaine, $11 billion on marijuana and $10 billion on heroin
bulletIn 1992 the overall cost of drug abuse in the U.S. was $102 billion, 8 years later it was $162 billion
bulletFederal spending on drug control will exceed $11 billion in 2003
bulletOver 10% of high school seniors report using the drug ecstasy at least once
bulletIn 2000 there were over 900,000 new cocaine users in the U.S.
bulletAn estimated 270 metric tons of cocaine entered the U.S. in 2001
bulletSubstance abuse adds over $40 billion per year to the cost of elementary and secondary education in the U.S.


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