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By Ken D. Tunnell

Drug trying out has develop into the norm in lots of offices. which will get a task, power staff are required to supply their urine for trying out. Pissing on call for examines this phenomenon in addition to the ensuing upward push of the anti-drug trying out circulation, or the "detox industry," that works to overcome those assessments. innovations contain over the counter items like "body flushers" that sound blameless yet are particularly designed to masks the presence of unlawful medications to kits marketed in pro-drug guides like excessive instances that make no bones approximately their actual objective. the 1st expos? of the detox in all its manifestations, this booklet is needed examining for somebody thinking about social keep an eye on, privateness, and employees' rights.

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The only drug-testing laboratory in a major economic region of Tennessee has six major companies under contract (including Manpower) and also conducts urinalyses for four doctor’s offices (including MROs). About 80 percent of their testing is on preemployment applicants, mainly manufacturing and temporary workers, another indicator of the skewed direction of testing. The laboratory conducts only urine testing and, according to the lab’s president, for good reason. A: Urine is the best way to go; it’s more reliable, you can freeze it and it will last forever.

The chemical composition of a particular drug is broken down in the body, which then forms a number of compounds, or metabolites. Over one hundred different drug metabolites can be detected by immunoassays. To determine the presence of a drug, EMIT measures changes in the amount of light absorbed by the urine sample, which is an indication of the amount of drug metabolite contained in the sample and which is compared to a calibrator containing a fixed amount of the drug. The greater the amount of drug in a sample, the greater the response produced.

1996: 37). Among companies with fewer than fifty employees, only 2 percent require drug testing. 2 percent of users are employed with organizations that have five hundred or more employees. Interestingly, rates of alcohol abuse do not vary by number of employees (An Analysis of Worker Drug Use and Workplace Policies and Programs 1997). Companies with unionized employees are more likely to test than nonunion firms. About 62 percent of all workers in the private sector are employed by companies that engage in drug testing and 33 percent are employed by firms that test for alcohol.

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