How is Covid-19 affecting drug testing?

by | May 14, 2020 | 0 comments

So, you need a drug test?

There are many reasons why a drug collection may be needed; pre-employment test for a new job, random testing for your current employer, return to duty or follow up testing after testing positive or probation or court order testing the list goes on.

So where can you get a drug test done?  Are drug testing facilities open for business during the COVID-19 shutdowns? 

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued guidance on continued required drug testing.  Various DOT agencies have issued similar guidance and referenced the DOT guidance.  These agencies include the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Pipeline Hazard Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

In all cases, the guidance is that DOT regulated drug & alcohol testing should continue. If you are unable to locate a facility that is open for business in your area, we recommend contacting a mobile collector. Only after exhausting all efforts to have the collection done should a test be considered unable to be performed. It is also important to note that for DOT regulated testing a negative pre-employment drug screen is still required prior to place a new employee in a safety sensitive position.

Besides DOT regulated employers, there are many other essential service employers operating and in need of employment drug testing during these times.  Drug testing providers are an essential business.

Facilities that are doing COVID-19 testing are not doing drug testing.  The major lab’s Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp operate patient service centers (PSC) for drug testing and these PSC centers do not perform COVID-19 testing.  Both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp have issued announcements regarding availability for drug testing.

So, most drug testing facilities in the United States are open for business collecting specimens for drug testing.  In some cases, breath alcohol testing has been suspended but there is the option of a saliva swab alcohol test that is primarily administered by the donor.

You will need to have an Order confirmation/Donor Pass prior to going to the collection facility for a collection.  You can order a test from Comprehensive Drug Screening online or by calling 800-713-5971

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