Drug Testing Index™ Show Increases in Positive Results
The Drug Testing Index, an industry standard, examines positivity rates to provide a comprehensive analysis of workplace drug-use trends among three major testing populations:
- Federally mandated, safety-sensitive workers
- General workforce
- Combined U.S. workforce
Cocaine Positives Spike 33% After New Government Rule for Safety-Sensitive Workers
Amphetamines Positives Jump Nearly 26% After New Rule, Continuing Upward Trend, Shows Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™
MADISON, NJ, March 13, 2012 — Safety-sensitive workers have been subject to more stringent government drug testing rules over the past year, and the crackdown may be paying off, according to annual Drug Testing Index™ data released today by Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services. New data reveal a 33% jump in cocaine positives in the safety-sensitive workforce, largely driven by new, lower cutoff rules implemented by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Amphetamines positives among this group also rose by nearly 26%, continuing an existing upward trend, but also likely boosted by better detection related to the new, lower, Federally-mandated cutoffs, Quest Diagnostics experts say. The findings are based on 1.6 million federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforce drug tests performed by Quest Diagnostics between January and December 2011.