Lab Test Solutions is your Assisted Living Occupational Testing Specialists!
Your safety and the safety of your assisted living residents is our top concern!
Aging isn’t always easy. A family’s choice to trust someone else to care for an aging loved one isn’t easy either. There are many choices for senior care, ranging from specialized nursing homes to many types of assisted living that prevent elderly people from going into a nursing home. It's good for consumers and a sign of hope for the aging that we have more good choices for senior care, but it has also led to increased opportunities for abuse.
A 2007 report by National Survey on Drug Abuse found that 6.1% of all full-time employees in the healthcare industry abused an illicit drug within the past month.
A workplace drug testing policy is a must in this industry. The purpose of workplace drug testing is to deter the abuse of drugs, prevent the hiring of employees who use illegal drugs and provide early identification and referral to treatment of employees with alcohol or drug problems.
Employers in the nursing home industry need to consider that their employees will have access to many more drugs than the average employee – like Meperidine, Tramadol, Fentanyl. We recommend that you review the prescription drugs that are accessible to your workforce and incorporate these substances into your drug testing policy.
Among the employees in Health Care and Social Assistance:
- 6.1 percent of full-time employees aged 18 to 64 have admitted to illicit drug use during the past month
- 4.3 percent of full-time employees aged 18 to 64 have admitted to heavy alcohol use during the past month
Which drug testing panel is best for you?
5-Panel Drug Test – Covers testing for Amphetamine, Cannabinoids (Marijuana), Cocaine, Opiates, and Phencyclidine (PCP).
10-Panel Drug Test – In addition to testing for the sta ndard five drugs, this panel also tests for abused prescription drugs like Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Methadone, Methaqualone, and Propoxyphene. Many of these prescriptions are common in the nursing home industry.
Expanded Opiates Drug Test – Adds testing for frequently abused painkillers like Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, Oxymorphone , Lorcet and Oxycodine. More healthcare employers today are adding this to their test panel due to the tremendous rise in abuse and potential access to these prescriptions.
QuantiFERON TB Gold Plus – A simple blood test that aids in the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria which causes tuberculosis (TB).
Lab Test Solutions has nationwide testing centers that are all SAMHSA certified.
Lab Test Solutions is here for you. We are #1 in customer service. Rest assured that you will always be able to contact your personal account manager by phone or email. We can answer any question you may have about drug and medical testing and we can assist you in choosing the right tests for your workplace drug test policy.