When a business tested their employees during a random drug test in West Virginia, 17% of those employees failed their drug test.
Across the nation, drug test positive rates are rising, due in large part to the increasing abuse of prescription drugs. A study by the National Institutes of Heath blames 33 percent of opiate rehab admissions were to blame on prescription medication.
“It’s a very serious problem,” said Sany Dingus, operator of Drug Testing Centers of America. “At one time the only companies who were doing drug testing were those that were mandated by the Department of Transportation. Now, we’re getting requests from restaurants, convenience stores, school systems, municipalities, retail….
“There’s a misconception about drug abuse. It’s not just blue-collar workers. We have professionals who are functioning addicts. The only difference is they can afford better drugs.”
I don’t know what the solution is, but to protect their assets, businesses need to do drug testing,” she added. “The only way they can deter it is by putting a program in place.”