Drug Testing for the Workplace

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he information provided on the 211 eLibrary is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be construed as legal advice. Readers must consult an individual employer to learn the specific drug testing policy for that place of employment.

Employers may put drug testing programs into place due to federal regulations or because of business or legal requirements. Drug testing can also be done through a voluntary drug-free workplace program instituted to reduce incidents of substance abuse among an organization’s employees.

The following information is summarized for the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Division of Workplace Programs: http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content//SMA07-4230/SMA07-4230.pdf (Note: Allow at least several minutes for publication to download)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Division of Workplace Programs: http://beta.samhsa.gov/workplace

TYPES OF DRUG TESTS
The following types of tests are available for substance abuse testing:

Further information can be found at the Connecticut Clearinghouse website: www.ctclearinghouse.org/Topics/topic.asp?TopicID=24

EMPLOYERS
Employers may want or need to perform drug testing on employees or prospective employees in specific types of situations. Some examples of these tests and the situations they are used for are as follows:

EMPLOYEES/JOB APPLICANTS
The following information applies to employees or job applicants who may be subject to drug testing

HOW TO FIND A DRUG TESTING LABORATORY
A list of drug testing laboratories certified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services can be found at the SAMHSA website: https://www.samhsa.gov/workplace/resources/drug-testing/certified-lab-list or by calling the Drug Free Workplace Helpline at (800) 967-5752 (1-800-WORKPLACE). (Currently, there are no HHS-certified laboratories in Connecticut). Local laboratories that perform drug tests can be found in the Yellow Pages under the headings Drug Testing & Screening or Substance Abuse Testing.

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SOURCES: Connecticut Clearinghouse website; Making Your Workplace Drug Free posted on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website; Drug Testing – Reasons for Testing and State List of HHS Certified Laboratories posted on the SAMHSA– Division of Workplace Programs website
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: July2017