Occupational Medicine at Xpress Wellness

Why Are Employees Tested for Drugs or Alcohol?

Most employers will issue a drug and/or alcohol test before hiring a new employee. Businesses do this to ensure that they are making a good investment of their time, energy, and money by reducing the risks involved with drug use in the workplace. Employees that habitually use illicit drugs dramatically increase the chances of workplace injury due to carelessness, inattentiveness, and individuals acting inappropriately when out of a sober mindset. Drug use also correlates to increases in absenteeism and higher turnover rates. Should any accidents occur while an employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there could be legal consequences for both the employee and the employer. These drug and alcohol tests are the first defense businesses have for protecting themselves from these troubles, as well as keeping employees safe.  

Methods of Drug Testing

There is more than one way for employers to test for drug use. Xpress Wellness will work with your business to determine the best drug test to use. These tests all take less than 15 minutes to complete and have a quick turnaround time.

Urine Drug & Alcohol Testing

A urinalysis is the most common method for testing the presence of drugs or alcohol in a person’s system. This test can determine the drug use by detecting residue that remains in the body, even after the effects of certain drugs have worn off. All of the strictest guidelines are followed for urine drug testing, ensuring an accurate sample and reducing the opportunity for tampering. This drug test is used to detect these common drugs:

  • Amphetamines
  • Cocaine
  • Marijuana
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opiates
  • Alcohol
  • And more

This test may be required for employment, and may also be administered randomly. Xpress Wellness is happy to provide our Oklahoma and Kansas businesses with this drug screening service. 

Blood Drug & Alcohol Test

Testing the blood for drug and alcohol use delivers similar results to a urinalysis, uses drawn blood to determine drug presence. This method is less common than a urine test but may be required by certain employers. Blood tests will determine the presence of the same drugs that a urinalysis would, with the added benefit of practically eliminating the risk of a fraudulent sample. 

Hair Drug Testing

Testing hair for drug use provides for larger sample time, allowing the test to determine if a drug has been used habitually overtime for the last 90 days or so. Urine and blood tests can detect single, recent drug uses, while hair test can detect drug use over time. This test is usually more costly and not as common, but it is available for employer use.

Breath Alcohol Testing

A breath alcohol test measures how much alcohol is currently in a person’s blood. Because of the immediateness of this test, it is often utilized after a workplace accident if an employee is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol. This type of test may also be administered randomly by employers to ensure compliance with alcohol safety standards. 

Xpress Wellness Is Your Business’s Drug & Alcohol Screening Solution

We are happy to work with all businesses near our locations in Oklahoma and Kansas by providing fast, accurate, and professional drug and alcohol testing. For any inquiries about drug and alcohol tests that we provide, please contact your nearest Xpress Wellness Urgent Care facility. We look forward to helping you keep your business safe.