Implementing a strict drug free workplace drug testing program and conducting random testing as part of the program is one of the ways to cope with cheaters
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2008
TestCountry, a provider of workplace drug testing and screening services revealed the top 4 cheating methods based on a survey the company conducted. The survey was conducted among employees within the construction, transportation and manufacturing industry.
With drug tests as part of the major requirement in many transactions such as employment, acquisition of licenses, and admission to various institutions, there are a lot of people out there willing to do anything to cheat on drug tests. But how exactly do these cheaters do it?
According to 1500 respondents to the survey the top 3 drug test cheating methods are as follows:
- Dilution of the specimen: Cheaters saturate their bodies with fluids or substances that will dilute metabolites. Among those are red meat, taking extra Vitamins of B2 and B12 or drinking cranberry juice
- Using chemical screens - to mask traces of drug in the urine
- Substitution - cheaters basically give clean urine samples that are not theirs.
In the survey individuals were asked if they encountered any cheating methods and if so which specific method. 55 % of the individuals' respondent that they did try to cheat on a drug test.
Out of those respondents 45% said they diluted their specimen, 23% said they used chemical screens, 19 % said substitution of clean urine sample from another donor, and 13 % used other methods.
Drug abuse statistics are disturbing and the vast majority of drug users are employed. According to the US Department of Labor of the 17.2 million illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2005, 12.9 million (74.8 percent) were employed either full or part time. Furthermore, research indicates that between 10 and 20 percent of the nation's workers who die on the job test positive for alcohol or other drugs
More than 47 million adults reported working in settings where testing for illicit drug or alcohol use occurred during the hiring process, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Of the estimated 55 million workplace drug tests performed annually, approximately 90 percent of those are urine tests, which may be influenced by dilution or adding an adulterant to the sample. Over the past decade, numerous commercial businesses have begun selling various products promising to influence drug test results, including herbal teas and substitute urine. Some examples of the quick fixes that can be found on more than 1,000 Web sites, products such as "Ready Clean Drug Detox Drink" and "Urine Luck".
"Thousands of sites provide information on how to cheat on drug tests, and many of the techniques have been publicized for decades" said Serhat Pala President of TestCountry. "Many employees are now a days switching to hair drug testing, which can not be cheated" he continued. "Implementing a strict drug free workplace drug testing program and conducting random testing as part of the program is one of the ways to cope with cheaters," he continued.
Every October, the US Department of Labor designates a national Drug-Free Work Week to highlight the impact of substance abuse on workplace safety, and to encourage individuals with drug or alcohol addictions to seek treatment. Among the department suggestions include: implementing a drug free workplace drug testing , training supervisors, educate workers and offering health screenings.
TestCountry is a leading provider of employment screening products services to all types of businesses, large and small. TestCountry drug testing includes top experts in pharmacology, forensic toxicology, laboratory management, medical review, legal, and administrative compliance. The company has been serving the business community for close to a decade. For more information visit http://www.testcountry.com