Drug Free Workplace Programs To Become More Effective, Widespread
CANTON, Mass., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Avitar, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: AVTI) highlights the importance of the State of Hawaii's recent updating of their workplace drug testing laws to incorporate oral fluid-based on-site technology and its associated benefits.
"The State of Hawaii's new law enabling on-site oral fluid-based drug testing dramatically improves any company's ability to promote a drug free workplace and truly manage on-the-job drug abuse," said Pete Phildius, Chairman & CEO of Avitar. "Most employers know that workplace drug abuse is as bad if not worse than ever," continued Phildius. "The convenience of on- site oral fluid testing, when compared to traditional laboratory-based urine drug testing, will play an important role in reversing this costly trend."
In response to the support of multiple trade unions and industries, Hawaii enacted a new law which went into effect July 1, 2007, allowing companies that previously used laboratory-based urinalysis to use newer on-site oral fluid- based technology.
"Drug and alcohol abuse remain a problem in Hawaii's workforce. The law will go a long way towards helping to promote a drug-free workplace. This measure provides a cost effective on-the-job alternative to lab tests that can be costly and difficult to schedule." -- Lt. Governor Aiona.
The construction industry in particular advocated the need to replace urine-based testing, noting that on-site oral fluid devices are cheaper, faster and easier to use than urinalysis. Traditional urine testing typically takes several days to obtain results, and requires applicants or employees to go to specified collections sites/clinics. On-site oral fluid technology provides initial results within 5-15 minutes at a fraction of the cost of urine lab tests. Any non-negative on-site test results can also be confirmed in a laboratory using oral fluid. Lastly, oral fluid technology enables observed specimen collection. This is also a very important feature due to the prevalent practice of substance abuse "beating" urine-based testing techniques.
About Avitar, Inc.
Avitar, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets innovative and proprietary products. Their field includes the oral fluid diagnostic market, the disease and clinical testing market, and customized polyurethane applications used in the wound dressing industry. Avitar manufactures ORALscreen(R), the world's first non-invasive, rapid, onsite oral fluid test for drugs-of-abuse, as well as HYDRASORB(R), an absorbent topical dressing for moderate to heavy exudating wounds. Avitar is also developing diagnostic strategies for disease and clinical testing in the estimated $25 billion in-vitro diagnostics market. Conditions targeted include influenza, diabetes, and pregnancy. For more information, see Avitar's website at http://www.avitarinc.com.
This release contains forward looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties including the development and marketing of new applications and other risks that are detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In view of such risks and uncertainties, the Company's actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward looking statements.
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