Drug abuse in the workplace puts employers at a risk of increased accidents, more absenteeism, lower productivity and higher insurance costs. Oral fluid testing, like all drug testing methodologies, helps to mitigate these risks by screening out applicants and employees who use drugs.
Drugs take time to metabolize and pass through the system in a urine test, and the same drugs are incorporated as hair grows and it takes time for the drug to be present in the hair above the scalp. But an oral fluid test will often detect drugs in a donor’s system immediately after use. This makes oral fluid testing ideal for a broad range of testing situations ranging from pre-employment, to reasonable suspicion, to post-accident testing where the employer is interested in assessing what’s in the donors system at the time of collection.