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Advice for Small Employers Testing New Hires for Drugs

Advice for Small Employers Testing New Hires for Drugs
Photograph by George Clerk

Question: How can a small company do drug testing for job applicants? How much does it cost? Do you send the employees to a local lab, or hire a contractor to handle the whole process?

Answer: Illicit drug users are significantly more likely to take time off for illness or injury, skip work, and change jobs frequently than employees who don’t use drugs, according to a 2007 report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Screening for substance abusers in the hiring process can boost companies’ productivity and retention rates.