drug testing

A Medical Review Officer’s Role in Drug Testing

Earlier this year, Sioux Falls, S.D.-based M.G. Oil Company, dba Happy Jack’s Casino, agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The case stemmed from the company’s decision to withdraw an offer of employment for a cashier position based on a drug test that showed the presence of a prescription pain killer.

Negative or Positive Dilute: What Does That Mean?

What’s the difference between positive and negative dilute? If the urine test results come back as “positive dilute” that means it tested positive for drugs, but also was dilute. A test that comes back with this result is considered positive. A positive dilute is, for all intents and purposes considered positive, and employers or potential employers or a treating clinician should handle it as such.

Why Urine is a Hot Topic

When it comes to drug testing, accuracy is key. And, part of being accurate is making sure that the urine specimen being tested belongs to the person who is providing it.

To Test or Not to Test for Drugs

Nearly 21 million Americans are living with substance use disorder, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Three-quarters of those struggling with addiction to alcohol, pain medication, marijuana and other substances are employed.

Drugs at Work? Why Your Company Should Have a Workplace Program

The cost of drug abuse to society is staggering. It’s estimated to exceed $190 billion – with the most ($130 billion) in lost productivity. Given that an estimated 70 percent of people with a substance use problem are employed, the impact on the workplace can range from increased use of sick time to decreased productivity and even violence.