Workforce drug test positivity rates evidence of marijuana consumption

The Covid-19 pandemic did not dampen workforce drug testing positivity for marijuana, which continued to increase last year in the general U.S. workforce, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis. Based on 7 million-plus urine drug tests collected between January and December 2020, the overall rate was down only slightly in 2020, 4.4 percent, versus 2019, whose 4.5 percent level…

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Marijuana consumption skews workforce drug test positivity rates

Sources: Quest Diagnostics, Secaucus, N.J.; CP staff The Covid-19 pandemic did not dampen workforce drug testing positivity for marijuana, which continued to increase last year in the general U.S. workforce, according to a new Quest Diagnostics analysis. Based on seven million-plus urine drug tests collected between January and December 2020, the overall rate of 4.4 percent was down only slightly…

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Safety, fairness and the new era of workplace drug testing

The ready-mix concrete industry prides itself on leveraging technology to optimize the customer experience. Its technology investments generally focus on improving production and delivery such as quality and service. To its discredit, technology does not always provide direct benefits to employees—the resource that leaders in ready-mix production universally acknowledge is the most important. However, through the championing of cutting-edge technology,…

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Trucking group hawkish on driver testing in legalized-pot era

Sources: American Trucking Associations, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff

American Trucking Associations directors have endorsed new policies and recommendations aimed at helping the industry continue to safely operate in an environment where more states—with combined population approaching 100 million—are liberalizing laws related to the recreational use of marijuana. Developed by the ATA Controlled Substances and Driver Health and Wellness Working Group, they bolster existing federation positions on impaired driving policies through calls for:

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