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Pre Employment Drug Screening

Definition - What does Pre Employment Drug Screening mean?

Pre-employment drug screening refers to drug testing done at the workplace of any organization during the recruitment process that determines the presence of drugs or alcohol in the body of the candidate. A urine drug test is the most common type of pre-employment drug testing. However, blood, hair, breath alcohol, saliva, and sweat drug tests are also done during pre-employment drug testing.

Safeopedia explains Pre Employment Drug Screening

A pre-employment drug screening test is done on the potential candidates to test for drugs and alcohol. A test typically looks for traces of illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, heroin, opiates, phencyclidine, amphetamines and legal drugs like valium, other sedatives or alcohol. High levels of legal drugs in one’s body also suggest abuse.

Generally, one or more of the samples, such as urine, blood, hair breath, saliva and sweat are taken in pre-employment screening. Samples are normally collected from the candidate at a drug testing facility at the employer’s site, or in a designated diagnostic clinic. A notice may or may not be given before the screening. Illegal drugs can be eliminated from the body by the user within a few days, but for some drugs it may take weeks. Screening results are reviewed by competent medical staff.

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