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Drug Use Among American Workers Declined 74% Over Past 25 Years, Finds Unprecedented Analysis of More Than 125 Million Workplace Urine Drug Tests
Date:11/18/2013

compliance for DISA Global Solutions, Inc., and president of Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA). "The Drug-Free Workplace Act was an important step in fostering safer workplaces, but we have more work ahead of us to foster truly drug-free work environments."

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires federal contractors and all federal grantees to agree to provide drug-free workplaces as a precondition of receiving a contract or grant from a federal agency. Although the Act did not mandate mandatory drug testing, federal agencies subsequently promulgated drug testing regulations affecting "safety-sensitive" employees and other federal employees. Many private employers also created policies consistent with the federal requirements in order to minimize the hazards of drug use in the workplace.

"The Drug Testing Index is more than an established barometer of workplace drug use trends. Quest's DTI demonstrates the power of diagnostic insights to reveal opportunities to create a healthier and safer world," said Harvey Kaufman, MD, senior medical director, Quest Diagnostics. "Our goal for this seminal DTI report is to reveal both the huge progress made to date to deter the use of drugs by workers, but also to show that vigilance is required by employers seeking to create safe, healthy environments for their employees."

The strengths of the DTI analysis include its unprecedented sample size, the longitudinal nature of the monitoring, a testing population that is generally reflective of the U.S. workforce, and the quality of the company's drug testing services to confirm positive results. Limitations include the selection of the testing population, which is reflective only of results from employers that perform drug testing, and a lack of exact cross-specimen comparisons due to variations in substances for which employers test. DTI reports involve analysis of de-identified results from urine,
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