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New Laws to Strengthen Effectiveness of Drug Testing

Any employer who is trying to stay vigilant against drug use surely knows that employees could fool testing methods such as urinalysis and saliva swabs. By making use of specially designed tools to elude detection, drug users have long been able to substitute clean urine for their own or dilute their urine to deceive the test. Fortunately for concerned employers and parents, drug test cheaters around the country have been put on notice that deceiving a drug test constitutes criminal activity.

A bill proposed recently in the state of Missouri, by State Rep. Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart), would “criminalize falsifying drug or alcohol test results, as well as make products designed to do so illegal.  Sales or free distribution of such products would be a misdemeanor, while using such products would be a felony.” The new law would effectively limit the availability of drug test cheating tools, increasing the reliability and effectiveness of current drug testing standards. Congress has taken notice and a similar proposal has been offered in the House of Representatives, legislation which would apply the Missouri law to the entire country. While there are still details to iron out during debates and drafting sessions, it appears that employers and parents will soon be given valuable peace of mind, knowing that their drug test results have not been tampered with or altered in any way.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/x-29200-Indianapolis-Alternative-Medicine-Examiner~y2009m12d10-Missouri-lawmaker-seeks-ban-of-fool-the-drug-test-materials

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The Hair Follicle Drug Test

While the number of employers across the country which conduct drug testing on employees has increased, a new study has shown that fewer people are actually testing positive for drug use. While this trend may signal a growing reluctance by the workforce to engage in risky drug activity, the numbers may also tell a different story. Because we know that casual drug usage over the last 20-30 years has actually increased, in all likelihood, the reduction in positive tests is due in large part to cheating. The commonly administered urine-analysis, or urinalysis, test can only detect a single instance of drug use dating back 1 to 3 days, which makes it vulnerable to employees who simply abstain for a few days before each test occurs.

Fortunately for vigilant employers, there is a new drug testing option available which is far more powerful than simple urinalysis testing. The hair follicle drug test eliminates the problem of drug-users altering their habits to evade detection, because hair follicle drug testing can establish drug usage patterns over a period of up to 90 days. In order to truly pass a hair follicle drug test, a current or prospective employee’s only option is to quit using drugs entirely. To ensure that your office or workplace is 100% completely drug-free, the most effective and efficient drug testing option is the hair follicle drug test.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/business/13count.html