Elk Grove is located in Sacramento County, California. It is the second largest city in the county with a population of over 167,000. Elk Grove is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metro Area. There are seven counties in California and one county in Nevada included in the Metro Area. They are Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Sutter, Yuba, and Nevada counties in California, and Douglas County in Nevada. The principal cities in the area are Sacramento, Arden-Arcade, Roseville, Yuba City, South Lake Tahoe, and Truckee.
The top employers in Elk Grove are the Elk Grove Unified School District, Apple, and Kaiser Permanente. Frontier Communications of the Southwest, ALLDATA, and Citizens Telecommunications Company of California are also based in Elk Grove.
Reports published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimate that there are 2,643,000 people over the age of 12 who are dependent or abuse illicit drugs or alcohol in California. Though Elk Grove is nowhere near epidemic levels, drug testing and drug free workplace programs help to directly address substance abuse issues in a community.
One way in which US Drug Test Centers helps employers maintain a drug-free workplace is by performing point of collection testing, or POCT, on site. With this testing, the donor provides a urine specimen and a screening test is performed immediately. If the test is negative then the testing is complete.
If the results of the instant screening test read positive, this is considered an incomplete test and the urine specimen must be sent to a laboratory for confirmation testing. It will then be reviewed by a Medical Review Officer. The confirmation test is called a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). This testing is performed on all non-negative screens with an extremely precise piece of equipment, which measures the molecular size, charge, and weight of the atoms in the drug metabolites. Due to the precision of the machine, it can tell the difference between poppy seeds and opiates, ibuprofen and THC metabolites, second hand smoke and actual inhalation, nasal sprays and amphetamines. The GC/MS confirmation method rules out any false positives. A drug testing program without GC/MS confirmation leaves an employer open to a significant amount of liability.
For point of collection testing, POCT, we do this electronically with immediate reporting and cloud based storage of the results. State laws must be reviewed to see if there are any restrictions on the instant test.
With lab based testing, negative results are typically reported one business day after the collection. Anytime a specimen has to go to the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) testing method, you will be looking at 2 – 3 additional business days for results. Employers must be patient on these results as an accurate result positive or negative is critical to making business decisions that will not lead to exposure to liability.
The decision you make on how to deal with an employee with a positive drug or alcohol test result should be based on your previously written drug-Free workplace policy. The disciplinary action for the positive drug test should be clearly stated in your policy. If you do not have a written drug-Free workplace policy; this is a problem that needs immediate corrective action. The corrective action is to immediately implement a comprehensive written drug-Free workplace policy. In order to avoid exposure to liability, you need to have a written policy before taking adverse action against an employee. US Drug Test Centers can assist employers with custom written Drug-Free Workplace Policies.
How do I know if the test is accurate? All of US Drug Test Centers' specimens go to a SAMHSA certified laboratory for testing. SAMHSA has an active advisory board that keeps its employees and administrators abreast of current and changing laws when it comes to drug testing. There are Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Employee Drug Testing Programs that must carry consistencies throughout every agency and company that SAMHSA laboratories supplies. The advisory board has professionals that are uniquely qualified in their respective fields to review scientific evidence in the area of drug and alcohol treatment and testing practices.
We are your complete drug-free workplace solution for employers. We provide drug testing for all reasons such as pre-employment, random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and return to duty. We have a state-of-the-art cloud-based software that allows you to order drug testing 24/7, store all drug test results and chain of custody forms (forever), and you can see the status of all completed drug testing. We have random drug and alcohol testing consortiums and follow all DOT rules and regulations to direct your company in the right direction to stay in compliance. We can create drug-free workplace policy manuals specific to your company’s needs, and we provide online trainings. Our online trainings are perfect for company Supervisors to learn what signs to look for if someone might be under the influence. We also have trainings that explain what Supervisors should know about the DOT rules and regulations in regards to the drug and alcohol testing program. We are a part of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), and we always stay up to date with all drug testing-related rules and regulations. If you have any questions about state-specific laws regarding drug and alcohol testing, please contact our office and one of our team members will be glad to help you. If your company would like more information regarding setting up a corporate account you can set up an account online or contact us at 866-566-0261.
This material is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal guidance. State & local laws change frequently and vary greatly. These are state & local laws and do not over rule the federal Department of Transportation laws & policies. Readers are advised to consult with their legal counsel or industry experts before acting based on this information. Last Updated Oct 2022