What Is The Difference Between Drug Testing and Drug Screening?

Drug testing and screening are performed by almost three-quarters of Fortune 500 companies and a growing number of small to mid-size businesses because many employees come to work under the influence of drugs or in some altered state on the job. Employees who use drugs are more likely to suffer on-the-job injuries, are less productive, are more likely to miss work, and are responsible for a high rate of industrial fatalities.

Employers and background investigation companies perform drug screens and drug tests, and while they sound alike, there is a huge difference. Drug screens are fast, and drug testing is slow. Drug screening is a cost effective method to quickly review all samples, but screens are not selective, meaning they can react to other legal drugs as though they were illegal. They can result in false positive for substances like ibuprofen, poppy seeds, and over-the-counter sinus medications.

Drug tests are more accurate in determining the presence of a drug. The tests are reactive and selective, reliably detect the presence of a drug, and rarely result in false positives. Drug tests are more expensive to conduct and require a longer waiting period for results.

Drug testing and screening are powerful risk management tools that provide a safer, more productive workplace. They help decrease employee turnover and absenteeism, reduce employer risk, and lower workers’ compensation rates by reducing the chance for accidents and injuries. Drug testing and screening programs can ensure a safer and more productive workplace.

Drug tests for job applicants are the best way to prevent drug use on the job. DataCheck, a leading background investigation company, offers thorough drug checks that include urine, hair, and saliva testing. The company conducts Department of Transportation 5 panel tests that check for amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, PCP, and opiates and non DOT 8 and 10 panel tests for additional drugs. It also performs adulterant checking that identifies substances used to prevent the detection of drug use.

Contact DataCheck at 800-253-3394 for more information on its job applicant investigation services that include formidable drug testing.

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