Drugs in the Workplace

Any employer who is keen to keep drug abuse out of the workplace will need a policy on the issue. Your employer has legal responsibilities to look after you and your health and safety at work.  A drug policy should set out what the policy is trying to achieve, how any tests will be carried out, what kind of support is available to drug misusers, and what disciplinary action may be taken.

Drug test kits are readily available online and can be used to test employees, policy permitting of course. Most kits available can test for urine, saliva, or hair folicles. Most of these kits will give you a result within a few minutes.  If an employee is found to be guilty of drug misuse, it is up to the employer to decide if dismassal is the best alternative, or whether help is required in aiding the employer kick any habits they may have.

The human body attempts to break down anything you shove inside it. This can be things like food, ranging to drugs. Metabolites are formed as part of this process and drug tests look for specific types which could only occur as a result of drug taking.
One of the easiest drugs to test for is canabis as this contains an ingredient called THC. The THC can take up to 45 days to clear the body due to the fact that canabis does not dissolve in water.

The following is a small list of metabolites which outstay their welcome within your body and that will be picked up should you have a urine test.

Barbiturates – 1 to 7 days to exit system
Amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy, heroin and other opiates – 2 to 4 days
Ketamine (although not commonly tested for) – 7 to 14 days

As well as urine tests, drug metabolites can also be found in blood, sweat, and any other body residue. Now though, one of the increasingly popular tests is on hair, where metabolites remain for a long time and resist such things as shampoo.

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