Who Needs Drug Screenings?
The simple answer: almost everyone. Employers from a wide variety of industries rely on pre-employment and periodic drug to protect your well-being as their employee, as well as your co-workers and, depending on the industry you work in, the general public.
For jobs in safety-sensitive industries such as manufacturing, shipping, transportation, and construction, drug screenings are critically important and help make sure you’re not under the influence of any substances that might prevent you from being able to safely perform your job.
If employed by an industry overseen by a Department of Transportation (DOT) agency, such as commercial motor carriers, drug screenings are required by federal law and certain testing regulations and procedures apply.
When Do Drug Screenings Typically Take Place?
The frequency and timing of a screening typically depends on your employer and the regulations within your state; however, employers may request drug testing in these situations:
Return-to-duty following a workers’ compensation claim
Reasonable suspicion or cause
What Types of Drug Screenings Are Offered?
Your company determines which drugs are included in your screening. State regulations and company drug-free workplace policies can dictate the type of testing required. Falls Avenue Immediate Care offers one type of drug screening collection: urine collections (rapid 5-panel and 10-panel). Urine drug tests are the most common because the results can be quickly obtained.
What Drugs Are Tested For?
Falls Avenue Immediate Care is capable of testing for many different drugs, including:
What About Prescription and Over-The-Counter (OTC) Drugs?
If you’re currently taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs, we encourage you to write down the medications you’re taking and bring it with you to your visit.
What Should I Bring With Me to a Drug Screening?
Please bring the following items with you for a drug screening:
A valid (non-expired) picture ID such as a passport, driver’s license, military ID, employee badge, or any other photo ID that was issued by a federal, state, or local government agency. Identification requires a valid government-issues ID.
All authorization forms or paperwork from your employer
Is There Anything I Need to Do to Prepare?
If completing a urine drug screen, you’ll need to be able to provide 45 mL or 1.5 fluid ounces of urine sample. Please do not go to the restroom prior to your test. If you can’t provide a full sample once the collection has started, you’ll have three hours to complete a full sample. If you leave during the collection for any reason, this is considered a refusal to test and can hold the same consequences as a positive result to your employer.
What Happens During a Drug Screening?
You’ll be asked to provide a urine sample requested by your employer. If completing a urine drug screen, you’ll be asked to wash your hands and remove any excess clothing, such as a jacket or hat. You’ll also be asked to empty your pockets. If carrying a wallet, you are permitted to keep it with you following an inspection of the wallet by a Falls Avenue Immediate Care staff member.
How Are Results Reported?
After completing a drug screening at the request of your employer, results will be reported directly back to your employer. Your employer will notify you of the results of your test. If self-employed or requesting a drug test for court, we’ll send the results to the email or mailing address you designate.