About Drug Screening

Drug abuse can be a serious issue when it comes to the a review of the integrity of an employee who works for an employer in the workplace. For that reason, some employers choose to have their employees or potential employees participate in a drug test or drug screen, to ensure that the employees are not active or current drug users. People who use drugs in or around the workplace, or before, during or after workplace hours can be a hazard to their fellow co-workers and to the public at large. Drug screen testing rules out or confirms and verifies the presence of drugs in the person’s system, which can be a deciding factor either to hire an employee, or to terminate an employee working in the workplace. Our onsite lab-based drug testing services offer 5, 6, 10 and 12 panel non-D.O.T. urine drug screens. Generally, the drug screening is painless, cost-effective and a fast process to determine whether or not someone is a drug user, which can make the person at risk for risky behavior in or around the workplace.

What is a Drug Screen?

A drug screen is used to detect various drugs in the urine. An individual’s specimen collection is done at our facility and then sent to a lab for screening. A typically 5-panel drug screen includes testing that can screen or identify: cannabinoids, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines and phencyclidine in the person’s urine sample. Additional panels can be used to test for other substances which might be in the person’s system, such as methadone, PCP, oxycodone, antidepressants, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, Quaaludes, and more.

While false positives can occur, most urine screens use cut-off levels, which makes the testing far more accurate. This means that a certain amount of the drug must be present to test positive for it in the person’s urine testing. The amount of the drug will appear in nanograms per milliliter in the results. This prevents someone testing positive for instance for the substance of marijuana. if it was secondhand exposure and the  individual did not partake in using that drug him or herself. Additionally, a false-negative result from the drug test can occur if the urine is very diluted, and in some instances there will be a call for re-testing to occur for obtaining more accurate results.

Learn More About Drug Screening Today

If you want to learn more about drug screening and corporate wellness options, contact Ameri Immunization & Wellness Center at 1-877-512-5442.