Drug testing is an effective and widely accepted method to identify drug use, deter consumption of illicit substances, and ensure the safety of employees, customers, children, the roads, and the public at large. Companies, courts, parents, and divorcing spouses frequently order drug tests to prevent the ill effects that drugs can cause, and just as often, to penalize those who use them.
Health Street's 2500+ locations nationwide provide DOT and non-DOT drug tests. Register at (888) 407-7650 for urine or hair follicle drug and/or alcohol tests, including breathalyzers. We offer both employment and court ordered drug testing. We manage random drug testing programs for companies and individuals. And, we can even come onsite to your business or the scene of an accident.
Urine is the most widely used method of drug detection. It is inexpensive, effective, and time-tested. It is a lot harder to cheat a urine drug test than most people think. Urine drug tests detect drug use in the recent past. Virtually any drug can be detected in the urine, and Health Street offers numerous options, from a basic 5 panel urine drug test to a comprehensive 12 panels, plus specialized screenings for rare or newer drugs that aren't included in the panel tests.
Hair follicle drug tests detect drug use over a much longer time period than urine. Hair tests go back 90 days, and are virtually unbeatable. If a person has short or no head hair, body hair can be used. If someone is completely bald, then a hair test is not possible. Many drugs, though not all, can be detected in the hair. Health Street offers numerous options, from a basic 5 panel to a comprehensive 12 panel hair test, plus a specialized screening just for alcohol.
Alcohol Testing is a way to determine if someone is intoxicated presently, or has been in the past. There are several methods of alcohol testing, offering wide variations in the time period of detection. The type of alcohol test chosen should depend on the circumstances surrounding the need for the test. Breath alcohol tests determine present intoxication, which is a great choice for reasonable suspicion or post accident. Urine alcohol tests can go back up 80 hours, and are frequently ordered by courts, or by ex-spouses seeking to ensure that no alcohol was consumed while in custody of a child. Blood tests can detect usage over a 3-4 week period, which can be used to prove/disprove sobriety over the past month. And,, hair alcohol tests go back 90 days, and is typically ordered when little to no alcohol is permitted over an extended time period.
Companies of all sizes require drug testing as a condition of employment in order to keep their workplaces safe and to reduce the risk of liability from accidents caused by staff using drugs. Pre-employment drug testing is the most common type, but more often these days, companies are aggressively rooting out drug users from their ranks by instituting random testing, promotion testing, and on-site testing. Post accident and reasonable suspicion testing is frequently implemented by companies wishing to reduce workers compensation claims or other legal liabilities.
Courts often order drug testing in relation to child custody, probation, DUI/DWI, or pre-trial services. Parents getting divorced often sign agreements to submit to drug or alcohol testing as a condition of being with their children. Court orders or legal agreements often designate the frequency and reporting requirements for the drug and/or alcohol testing. It is common for courts to require one or more drug tests for driving while intoxicated. In fact, many jurisdictions require an ongoing program of testing even before the case goes to trial.
If a substance can get someone high or impair their ability to think, work, or operate machinery, then there's almost always a drug test that can detect it shortly after consumption. Substances fall into several classes of drugs, including street drugs (like cocaine and heroin), prescription drugs (such as xanax or vicodan), club drugs (like ecstasy), performance enhancing drugs (such as steroids or HGH), and date rape drugs (like Rohypnol). For each of these drugs, there is a drug test that can detect if a person has metabolized it in their system.