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Question #1: How common is drug testing?
In 1983, only 3% of the Fortune 200 companies were testing one or more classes of job applicants or employers. By 1991, 98% had implemented some form of drug testing.
What’s more, as a way to improve safety in the workplace today, many employers now test their employees for both illegal drugs and alcohol. Some of the more common types of drug testing include urine, oral/saliva and hair. Drug testing is typically conducted at a drug clinic location nationwide or on-site at work locations. Employers who use laboratory testing have the advantage of faster results since both the screening and confirmation stages of the drug test are carried out in one place.
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