Understanding Drug Testing
Panels
By Mobile Health
NYC Employee Screening Provider
Why Drug Test?
• Important part of pre-employment screening
process
• Helps prevent:
– Loss of productivity
– Increase of ...
Following Mr. Reagan’s Lead
• Executive order 12564 in 1986 establish ‘DrugFree Federal Workplace’
• Mandates all federal ...
Additional Specimen Options
• Hair
– Long term testing and difficult to tamper

• Saliva
– Immediate use testing and immed...
Traditional 5 Panel Drugs
• Amphetamines
– Schedule 2, examples: meth

• Cannabinoids (THC / Marijuana)
– Schedule 1, exam...
Initial Drug Screen
• A group of tabs (panels), each representing a
drug to test, is exposed to the specimen.
• A chemical...
What to test for?
• Federal Government establishes best practices
in SAMHSA guidelines.
• Encourages private businesses to...
Industry Examples
• Pharmacies may include additional tests to
prevent theft and prescription abuse/
• World Conference on...
Employer Decision
• Most employers fall within 5-12 panel drug
tests.
• For many everyday positions, 5 panel is
enough.
• ...
Mobile Health
• For more information, visit us online at
www.mobilehealth.net
• Our medical centers offer full service dru...
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Many employers feel overwhelmed when it comes to drug testing their employees, but understanding the process allows companies to make educated decisions. For example, where did the 5-panel drug test come from, and why is it called a panel? Through SAMHSA best practices, the federal government considers five top drugs as the foundation of any drug testing program, including its own.

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Understanding drug testing panels

  1. 1. Understanding Drug Testing Panels By Mobile Health NYC Employee Screening Provider
  2. 2. Why Drug Test? • Important part of pre-employment screening process • Helps prevent: – Loss of productivity – Increase of workplace accidents • Helps ensure a safer workforce
  3. 3. Following Mr. Reagan’s Lead • Executive order 12564 in 1986 establish ‘DrugFree Federal Workplace’ • Mandates all federal employees get drug tested. • Urine chosen as specimen choice due to reliability and cost effectiveness. • 5 Panel chosen as standard testing method.
  4. 4. Additional Specimen Options • Hair – Long term testing and difficult to tamper • Saliva – Immediate use testing and immediate results • Blood – Nearly impossible to tamper • Sweat • Breath
  5. 5. Traditional 5 Panel Drugs • Amphetamines – Schedule 2, examples: meth • Cannabinoids (THC / Marijuana) – Schedule 1, examples: pot, hash • Cocaine – Schedule 1 • Opiates – Varied scheduling, examples: opium, heroin • Phencyclidine – Schedule 2, examples: PCP, angle dust
  6. 6. Initial Drug Screen • A group of tabs (panels), each representing a drug to test, is exposed to the specimen. • A chemical reaction on a particular tab will identify the presence of the tab’s drug. • A control tab ensure proper specimen. • Negative results are identified immediately • Positive results need lab and MRO confirmation
  7. 7. What to test for? • Federal Government establishes best practices in SAMHSA guidelines. • Encourages private businesses to drug test urine samples for 5 panels only. • Businesses may expand to additional panels as needed. • DOT drug tests follow SAMHSA testing guidelines for truck drivers.
  8. 8. Industry Examples • Pharmacies may include additional tests to prevent theft and prescription abuse/ • World Conference on Doping in Sport regulates 400 organizations with 10 page report on hundreds of tested substance. • Certain driving or labor driven positions require Breath Alcohol Testing as well.
  9. 9. Employer Decision • Most employers fall within 5-12 panel drug tests. • For many everyday positions, 5 panel is enough. • Due to low cost, some choose more panels without significantly higher price. • Employee screening provider will help establish a plan and policy.
  10. 10. Mobile Health • For more information, visit us online at www.mobilehealth.net • Our medical centers offer full service drug testing and other employee screening services. • We are located in: • Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Hempstead, LI

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