Universal Background Screening Offers Next Generation Oral Drug Testing Solution for Employers

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The oral drug testing system now offered by Universal Background Screening provides FDA-approved laboratory accuracy with quicker, easier collection. Oral drug testing allows employers to hire new employees faster, and minimizes lost work time for testing of current employees. Oral fluid collection is done on-site, eliminating the need for applicants or employees to travel to a laboratory collection site.

The oral drug testing system now offered by Universal Background Screening provides FDA-approved laboratory accuracy with quicker, easier collection. Oral drug testing allows employers to hire new employees faster, and minimizes lost work time for testing of current employees. Oral fluid collection is done on-site, eliminating the need for applicants or employees to travel to a laboratory collection site.

Since 1996, the number of employers that conduct pre-employment drug tests has dropped from 81 percent to 62 percent, according to the American Management Association. One reason for this decline may be the complications of collecting a urine specimen for testing.

"In the experience of many organizations, traditional urine drug screening slows the hiring process," said Nancy Hyttel, Vice President of Operations for Universal Background Screening. "As the economy continues to grow, employers rapidly need to add new staff. There is no time for delays."

Unlike the urine tests most commonly used for employment-related drug testing, oral testing does not require a visit to a laboratory collection site – a process that many people find embarrassing or awkward. Instead, the applicant places the lollypop-sized device in his or her mouth while a small pad absorbs saliva. The device is then placed into a sealed vial, which is sent via overnight delivery to the laboratory for testing. The entire process, including paperwork, takes less than five minutes.

"Employers are discovering that our oral drug testing program is more convenient for both their hiring managers and the applicant, since the sample is provided immediately on the job site," Hyttel added.

Once the laboratory has completed testing, Universal Background Screening delivers results via its online management system directly to the employer. Negative test results are typically available the next business day. Positive tests are re-checked, and then the applicant is contacted to rule out any prescription drugs that may be responsible for the positive result. This step provides the applicant the opportunity to confidentially review any pertinent medical information, without disclosing medical conditions to a potential employer.

The oral test is just as effective and legal as a urine test. The system utilized by Universal Background Screening tests for the standard “5 panel” of drugs recommended by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): marijuana, cocaine, opiates, PCP and amphetamines – including methamphetamine and ecstasy. Upon request, the test can also check for barbiturates, benzodiazepines and methadone.

Pricing for Universal's oral testing program are comparable to urine testing. Small business testing a few employees per month can expect to pay about $40 per test, while larger employers may qualify for volume pricing.

About Universal Background Screening

Universal Background Screening offers a comprehensive selection of pre-employment screening solutions. Nationwide services include criminal background checks, driving records, credit reports, employment verifications, reference checks, drug testing and more. With over 30 years in the investigative business, and serving clients in 45 states, Universal is a recognized leader in the employment screening industry. Additional information can be found online at http://www.universalbackground.com.

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