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The short answer is, you might. But ask yourself, which employees would most likely leave? Your non-user employees would appreciate your concern and also not having to work around possible unsafe behavior, absenteeism, and the other hazards drug-using workers bring with them to work. Your employees using drugs might leave, and this would be removing their potential liability from your business. You win both ways.
It will always be easier to hire people that use drugs. Since more businesses test for drugs now, drug users apply where they won't get tested. So if you don't test, you should have plenty of applicants. But would you rather have a larger pile of applications to sift through to find the one best hire, or have a smaller pile to sift through knowing that none in the smaller pile use drugs? Have and advertise a drug-testing policy for applicants and drug users likely won't apply. Your pile will be smaller and higher quality.
We can't say without talking with you first. Our prices for various tests are on our home page and we discount these prices for larger accounts. But think about this. A TN Dept of Labor study found drug users are 1/3 less productive on average. So if you're paying someone $10/hr, if they use drugs you're getting about $6.33 worth of work each hour. This costs you $3.67/hr. for each hour they work. If they work 40 hrs./week, that's over $146/week you have overpaid this one person. So how much are you already losing if you aren't testing for drugs?
Your employees that don't use drugs will likely appreciate the fact that you want to keep your workplace drug-free. Think how they would feel if even 1 drug-user got through your hiring process. Drugs cost money, so many drug users will want a paycheck. How hard they are willing to work for it is another story.
Glad you asked! Midway has been helping area employers for over 20 years with their drug testing needs. We have the resources to help your business whether you need only collection and testing or additional help like developing and implementing a drug testing program, managing random testing programs, consultations, and more. Let our experience work for you!
Yes we can! Although our main office is located in Knoxville, Midway participates in a network that allows your employees to get their tests performed at 11 locations in Knoxville and coast to coast. Unless they're in the middle of Wyoming, there should be a collection center nearby. And since the price you pay depends on who you order the test through instead of who collects it, many of our customers have found that they can order the test through Midway, have their employee go to the same place they have always gone for collection, and your business still saves on the cost. Tell us where your employees need testing and let us show you how much you can save.
We list most of our available tests on our website. Find the link under "Employers" that says "Drug Testing Services" to see a list. If you need a test not listed, contact us. It's likely we can perform the test you need but just did not list it because it is infrequently requested.
First, hair testing costs more than urine testing. Second, hair testing gives a longer look-back period than urine testing. While a person may produce a negative result on a urine test for drug use after as little as 3 days abstinence for some drugs, if the person is a habitual drug user, a hair test can detect prior use for up to 90 days. Third, a hair drug test is practically impossible to cheat. Since for most tests hair can be used from any area of the body, the person being tested would have to remove all hair from their body to avoid the test. The collection tech collects the hair, so there's no chance of substitution by the person being tested. Products/methods advertised to cleanse or detox the hair don't work. Contact Midway for further points to consider regarding hair drug testing.
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