Pre-employment drug testing helps prevent the hiring of individuals who abuse drugs and is typically performed as part of a pre-employment screening. As every business and workforce is unique, each employer should make a careful determination about what type of drug screening process and tests they require for applicants.
Please consider some of the below facts from the United States Department of Labor pertaining to drug use:
- More than six percent of the population over 12 years of age (13.9 million people) has used drugs within the past thirty days. Rates of use remain highest among persons aged 16 to 25–the age group entering the work force most rapidly.
- Seventy-three percent of all current drug users aged 18 and older (8.3 million adults) were employed in 1997. This includes 6.7 million full-time workers and 1.6 million part-time workers.
- In 1990, problems resulting from the use of alcohol and other drugs cost American businesses an estimated $81.6 billion in lost productivity
XG Consultants Group has excellent resources that provide employers a nationwide solution to over 4,000 Occupational Health Network (EOHN) provider locations that perform drug tests through a paperless processing system. Each drug test is independently checked by a MRO (Medical Review Officer) for accuracy and results are delivered instantly via XG Consultant’s Group’s technology platform.