The Changing Face of Drug Abuse
THE CHANGING FACE OF DRUG ABUSE
The Forensic Drug Testing market has been established for decades but has largely relied on the same instrumentation and work-flow to supply employers with crucial data used to identify drug abuse within the employee pool. The preferred drugs of abuse have changed radically during this time but we know the companies in the forensic testing space have lagged; too large to change how they receive, process and result specimen.
- Cheap and legal alternatives (NPS) to established recreational drugs
- Widespread availability of NPS via the internet, gas stations and head shops
- The legalization of recreational marijuana in several states
- Expanded "medical" marijuana programs
- Reduced access to opioid pain medications by Federal control measures forcing users addicted to opioids to more readily available synthetic drugs
The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 68.9% of the estimated 22.4 million illicit drug users, ages 18 or older, are employed full or part time.
In the 2015 Global Drug Survey (GDS) of 2,600 workers, 28% admitted going to work at some point with drugs in their system, including ‘legal highs’, cannabis and other illegal narcotics.