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Healthcare Industry Drug Testing to Deal with Employee Substance Abuse

By Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics

Healthcare Industry Drug Testing Makes a world of sense when you consider 5.5 percent of healthcare industry workers in the United States used illicit drugs. Drug abuse and addiction affect workplaces in all industries. In fact, substance abuse costs employers in the United States an estimated $81 billion each year. Although employers in the healthcare field are part of an industry dedicated to promoting wellness, they also deal with the problems of employee substance abuse.

Making Healthcare Industry Drug Testing a Top Priority

According to the National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance, data gathered from 2008 through 2012 found that 5.5 percent of healthcare industry workers in the United States used illicit drugs. In addition, 4.4 percent reported using alcohol excessively, and 5.7 percent recently suffered from a substance use disorder.

With the consequences potentially dire when medical professionals work under the influence of drugs or alcohol, drug testing must be a top priority for human resources managers in healthcare organizations.

The Impact of Drug Abuse and Addiction on the Medical Industry

Healthcare workers who abuse drugs and alcohol put their safety and the safety of patients at risk. They also contribute to a less productive and harmonious work environment.

Like other employers, companies in the medical industry incur additional costs when employees abuse alcohol and drugs.

National Institute on Drug Abuse website lists some of the costly behaviors shared by workers who have substance use or abuse issues:

  • Showing up late for work and having high absenteeism
  • Lack of productivity
  • Prone to workplace accidents
  • Submitting workers compensation claims
  • Changing jobs often

Alcohol and drug abuse in the workplace also often causes:

  • Theft. Certainly, this can be problematic in the healthcare industry due to the medical staff’s access to addictive substances.
  • Errors. Above all, mistakes by healthcare workers can have life-threatening ramifications for patients.
  • Interpersonal conflicts.
  • Poor staff morale.

Depending on the severity of missteps by medical professionals that abuse drugs or alcohol, healthcare employers could face debilitating lawsuits and increased insurance costs.

The Case for Healthcare Industry Drug Testing

Screening job applicants can help prevent serious workplace issues that drug abuse can create. Similarly, by having a drug testing policy, healthcare employers can help avoid the costs and liability associated with substance abuse problems. Hence, drug testing also serves as a way of helping individuals with drug and alcohol addiction face their condition. As a result, they can take steps toward recovery.

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uVera Diagnostics Drug Testing Kits for Employers

uVera Diagnostics drug testing kits play a role in keeping workplaces drug-free since 2004. Therefore, our products offer convenience, conform to SAMHSA standards, and are FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived.

The list of substances our drug tests can detect include:

Want more information? You may find the following articles helpful.

uVera Diagnostics has a variety of FDA 510(k) cleared and CLIA waived test kits.

These are affordable, convenient, simple to administer, 99 percent accurate, and fast in providing results.

Set to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) cut-off levels, our urine drug test kits are used by businesses, organizations and agencies in a wide range of industries from staffing to medical to criminal justice to construction and more. We make it easy for you to search for information and drug tests by type of drug tested too. This includes drug descriptions, street names, what the drugs look like, the dangers and side effects, links to the drug tests for each drug, etc.

Among our most popular testing kits is our CR3 Drug Test Cup. This patented test cup has an innovative design (including a large opening, slanted top, and snap-shut lid) that simplifies the process for drug test administrators. Also widely used because of its convenience and fast results is our All-in-one Urine Drug Test Cup. This one-step urine test uses an integrated test cup and is available in a variety of panel options (5 panel, 6 panel, 7 panel, 10 panel, 12 panel, 13 panel and 14 panel). uVera Diagnostics products also include T-Cup Drug Tests, Dip Panel Drug Tests, Generic Dip Panel Drug Tests and Saliva Drug Tests

About Bill Nee, VP Sales/Marketing uVera Diagnostics and Co-designer and Developer of the CR3 split-sample drug test cup.

Bill has 27 years in sales management and marketing. In addition, he is a 12-year veteran of the drug testing industry. As a parent and co-worker, Bill’s focuses his energy on drug testing at every level. Addiction is all around us in alcohol, prescriptions, and street drugs, and that is a constant reminder a drug-free society starts with each and every one of us.

For more information on drug testing, call 1-866-242-5930.




This information is meant for awareness and education purposes only. In addition, any medical or life-saving advice should come from experts. Always consult with your physician about any and all drugs. In conclusion, if it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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