A-Check Global’s drug screening partner, Quest Diagnostics, recently released their Annual Drug Testing Index revealing a fifth straight year of rising positive drug detection rates in the US workforce. This is the highest rate of positive screens since 2005.
The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ examined nearly 11 million drug screening results and found that positivity rates had risen from 3.9% of screens returning positive in 2014 to 4.0% in 2015. The last time the rate was found to be at, or above 4% was in 2005. The rise in positive results came from screens completed by both general employees, as well as government mandated employees, such as truck drivers and pilots.
The study also provides a deep look into the drugs most commonly found during screening, exposing that nearly 2% of all urine based tests return positive for marijuana use, making it the drug most often detected by far. Additionally, the study reveals a noticeable jump in positive results for heroin and amphetamine use, with both at higher rates than last year.
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Should I continue to test my applicants for marijuana?
Across the nation marijuana laws are changing rapidly. Since California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, public perception of the drug for recreational and compassionate use has also been shifting quickly.
Since California’s legalization vote, voters and legislatures in twenty-two additional states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for compassionate use. Four of these states have also decriminalized marijuana for recreational use.
Questions concerning the efficacy of marijuana for medical purposes, or the economic impact of legalizing the drug for recreational purposes could be raised in regards to legalization, but in the world of human resources and talent acquisition only one question really matters: Should I continue to test my applicants for marijuana?
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