Drug Screening for Employment

What is it?

Workplace drug testing is one action employers can take to determine if a job candidate has drugs in his or her system at the time of the test.  It can identify evidence of recent use of many illegal and prescription drugs depending on the panels available at the testing laboratory.  The most common method of drug testing is urinalysis, and the following drugs are most commonly included in the testing panel.

  • Amphetamines (examples: speed, methamphetamine, ecstasy)
  • Benzoylecgonine (cocaine metabolite, crack)
  • Cannabinoids (marijuana metabolite and THC-COOH)
  • Opiates (codeine, morphine, opium and heroin) 
  • Phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust)

Private employers, if permitted by state or federal law and implementing  regulations, can expand their testing panel beyond these drugs to include additional prescription drugs legitimately prescribed. Depending on turnaround time and state laws, employers may alternatively request a breath alcohol test (BAT), urine rapid response or oral fluids (saliva) test.

Why conduct employment drug testing?

According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), nearly 69% of the 22.4 million current illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2013 were employed either full or part time.  At the same time, national statistics show that alcohol and drug abuse creates significant safety and health hazards and can result in decreased productivity and poor employee morale.  Drug testing as part of the candidate screening process can help provide a safe workplace for employees, protect the general public and instill consumer confidence that employees are working safely. 

* Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-48, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4863. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

What sources does Background Direct® use?

Background Direct offers convenient, nationwide access to our vast network of drug and alcohol collection facilities that conduct drug testing.  Mobile and online scheduling, tracking and reporting, and easy process management are also available for pre-employment drug screening needs.

Which packages include the drug screening?

Drug testing options are available in our Background Direct Premium solutions. Choose from instant screening tests that produce rapid results in as little as 15 minutes, and laboratory based tests with both on-site or self-collection options as well as DOT-compliant testing. By selecting the best-fit package, employers gain an all-inclusive assessment of job applicants. 

Why us?

First Advantage is an industry leader in employment drug testing. Our team can help you ensure that you are compliant with testing obligations and can also support your efforts to ensure a drug free workplace program through our service offerings. By screening through Background Direct, employers gain the advantage of securing candidates most ready for work. 

Have questions? Want to get started today?

Call Background Direct™ at 1-877-433-9779 for more information, or fill out our form and a member of our team will reach out to you.