Do you need to test for pre-employment, employment, social services or court? Testing is intrusive and personal, though it can give you peace of mind when able to show a "negative" result and provide evidence that you are able to meet requirements for those requesting the test. If testing positive, a counselor can provide you assistance through referrals or additional services.
Do you need a drug testing service for your small business? Non-DOT testing can be arranged at your company to reduce the impact of employees leaving during work hours while still providing for adequate safety control. Businesses suffer from productivity losses and safety risks from excessive alcohol and drug use even if this occurs outside work hours. Having drug testing for a drug free work environment can be beneficial in combination with other services such as counseling and education to prevent problems or assist staff when substance use is a problem.
Test/Screening options available:
- Urine dip stick with instant results for most common drugs
- Urine laboratory 5 panel or more, synthetic drugs, steroids or comprehensive panels
- Nail drug test or nail EtG (alcohol biomarker) can test up to 3-6 months
- Dry blood test for PeTH (alcohol biomarker) can test for 2-3 weeks (finger prick)
- Saliva drug testing collection for forensic purposes upon request with court order
- Instant tests tend to be less expensive and you have immediate results, however they may not be recognized by a court or employer, it depends
- Your information is confidential and only released if and to whom you give permission to see the results-- you could even set up a test to see if you can test clean, just for your own knowledge, it might be cheaper than the self test kits from the drug store.
- Typically a 5 panel test is chosen for employment or court and sent to a licensed laboratory. A positive result is then retested and a sample kept for several months in case it is a false positive and needs to be contested.
- During collection, care is taken to follow testing protocol to ensure the quality of the result and avoid contamination of the sample.
- You might be nervous to test, that is understandable, for this reason, options are offered that you can propose to those requiring you to test. Or you might pick your best option if you are testing to contest previous positive tests or wish to provide evidence against false allegations! For this purpose nail and dry blood testing is ideal.
- Drug testing is advancing faster than regulations, for this reason, attorneys might negotiate an option that works for you if they know about the availability--ask for an option on Urine testing if this is inconvenient or uncomfortable for you. There might be cultural reasons that make observed urine testing particularly problematic.
- Prices vary depending on the type of test and the number of substances tested for. Common tests tend to be more affordable, but if you need to test for a certain substance, such as steroids, you can opt to pay for just that one substance unless you are testing for court or employment.
Still confused? Just call for a consultation before signing up for testing!
If testing for Family Court in California, the following information will be useful:
CALIFORNIA FAMILY CODE
Division 8. CUSTODY OF CHILDREN
Part 2. RIGHT TO CUSTODY OF MINOR CHILD
Chapter 2. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED IN GRANTING CUSTODY
Family Code section 3041.5
In any custody or visitation proceeding brought under this part, as described in Section 3021, or any guardianship proceeding brought under the Probate Code, the court may order any person who is seeking custody of, or visitation with, a child who is the subject of the proceeding to undergo testing for the illegal use of controlled substances and the use of alcohol if there is a judicial determination based upon a preponderance of evidence that there is the habitual, frequent, or continual illegal use of controlled substances or the habitual or continual abuse of alcohol by the parent, legal custodian, person seeking guardianship, or person seeking visitation in a guardianship. This evidence may include, but may not be limited to, a conviction within the last five years for the illegal use or possession of a controlled substance. The court shall order the least intrusive method of testing for the illegal use of controlled substances or the habitual or continual abuse of alcohol by either or both parents, the legal custodian, person seeking guardianship, or person seeking visitation in a guardianship. If substance abuse testing is ordered by the court, the testing shall be performed in conformance with procedures and standards established by the United States Department of Health and Human Services for drug testing of federal employees. The parent, legal custodian, person seeking guardianship, or person seeking visitation in a guardianship who has undergone drug testing shall have the right to a hearing, if requested, to challenge a positive test result. A positive test result, even if challenged and upheld, shall not, by itself, constitute grounds for an adverse custody or guardianship decision. Determining the best interests of the child requires weighing all relevant factors. The court shall also consider any reports provided to the court pursuant to the Probate Code. The results of this testing shall be confidential, shall be maintained as a sealed record in the court file, and may not be released to any person except the court, the parties, their attorneys, the Judicial Council, until completion of its authorized study of the testing process, and any person to whom the court expressly grants access by written order made with prior notice to all parties. Any person who has access to the test results may not disseminate copies or disclose information about the test results to any person other than a person who is authorized to receive the test results pursuant to this section. Any breach of the confidentiality of the test results shall be punishable by civil sanctions not to exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500). The results of the testing may not be used for any purpose, including any criminal, civil, or administrative proceeding, except to assist the court in determining, for purposes of the proceeding, the best interest of the child pursuant to Section 3011 and the content of the order or judgment determining custody or visitation. The court may order either party, or both parties, to pay the costs of the drug or alcohol testing ordered pursuant to this section. As used in this section, "controlled substances" has the same meaning as defined in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act (Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code).