Iowa Drug Testing


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Iowa has been called the heart of the Midwest. With infrastructures based in agriculture like soybeans, corn and pork, its home to over 3 million citizens, many of which work on farms and other manufacturing industries.

Approximately 50 percent of Iowa citizens, in treatment centers, are there for alcohol-related issues. With underage and binge drinking exceeding the national average, and sales of alcohol on the rise since 2004, Iowa has been struck by an epidemic.

Iowa is a drug test friendly state. Employers may test for drugs in the workplace to keep up efficiency and avoid unsafe working conditions. If an employer suspects drug use, an employee is returning from a drug rehabilitation program, or an employee is returning from an accident resulting in more than $1,000 dollars in damages, a drug test will most likely need to be administered.

Finding a Drug Test Center in Iowa

US Drug Test Centers has all of your resources needed for drug testing in Iowa. With 228 locations in Iowa, we are sure to have a location convenient to you. WUS Drug Test Centers has made the effort to reach the smaller and even rural communities in Iowa. We have 6 locations in Des Moines including one in Capitol Park adjacent to the east of Iowa Lutheran Hospital, 13 locations in Cedar Rapids, 3 locations in Cedar Falls, just to name a few.

Individuals in Iowa needing a drug test can call US Drug Test Centers today for immediate service. Drug and alcohol testing is available including urine drug testing, hair drug testing, alcohol/EtG testing. The EtG test has an 80 hour lookback period for determining the consumption of alcohol. Court ordered drug testing, personal drug testing and probation drug testing services are available with same day service. In most areas of Iowa, instant drug testing is available with same day service and same day results. Contact US Drug Test Centers today - call 1-866-566-0261.

See below for a full list of our Iowa locations

US Drug Test Centers

US Drug Test Centers is the 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. At USDTC, 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Iowa Drug Testing

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 June 2019

Iowa Drug Testing FAQs

Yes. Iowa has very detailed rules for employers that wish to conduct employee drug testing. Iowa’s law limiting workplace drug and alcohol testing is among the oldest in the country, enacted in 1987.
Yes. All testing must be conducted by a written policy that is provided to every employee. It is also required that each applicant and employee complete a signed acknowledgment of the policy.
The law limits the discipline an employer can take in response to a positive alcohol test. Any confirmed positive test result must be communicated to a current employee by a written notice containing a list of the employee’s rights sent to the employee by certified mail, return receipt requested. Parents of a minor employee must receive a copy of the company policy and any positive test results (sent via certified mail). Split sample analysis (retest) is permitted at the employees’ expense – but the employee may only be requested to contribute an amount “consistent with the employer’s cost of conducting the initial confirmatory test.”
Yes. Employers may leverage an ‘Intoxication’ defense to a Workers’ Compensation Claim, based on a positive drug test result. A positive drug test may also make an employee ineligible for unemployment compensation. Employers wishing to leverage either of these benefits must voluntarily comply with very detailed program rules.
Iowa is the only state that requires initial and annual supervisor training. Iowa requires employers to conduct supervisor training on the impacts of drug abuse and how to recognize the signs of drug use (reasonable suspicion). Two (2) hours of initial training and one (1) hour refresher training is required each year.
Iowa permits the medical use of cannabidiol (CBD) for very limited medical conditions. The law does not address the workplace. CBD products must be purchased from one (1) of five (5) state-run stores.

224 Testing locations in Iowa

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Employer Drug Testing Programs

In Iowa, most companies operate as a drug free workplace. Those companies not operating as a drug freeworkplace run the risk of hiring the leftover applicants, many of whom are substance abusers. Drug testing in Iowa for employment purposes must follow SAMHSA/DOT regulations. This includes the use of a Medical Review Officer (MRO) to review and verify drug test results. Employees must be made aware of EAP services if provided; at minimum, an employer must provide information about local services available. A good drug free workplace program includes:

  1. Written policy
  2. Employee Education
  3. Supervisor Training
  4. Employee Assistance Program
  5. Drug and alcohol testing

The purpose of drug testing in Iowa is to enhance worker safety by creating workplaces that are free of drugs and substance abuse or misuse. One tool available to private sector employers is drug testing (inclusive of alcohol testing), that often is coupled with educational efforts as part of a comprehensive drug-free workplace program.

Employer responsibilities when drug testing in Iowa includes:

  • Prior to testing, the employer must establish a detailed written drug testing policy that is provided to every person subject to testing and made available for review by employees and prospective employees. Special provisions apply to dealing with minors.
  • Prior to testing, the employer must establish an employee awareness program to include an Employee Assistance Program or a resource file where workers can access help for substance abuse problems.
  • The employer must provide supervisors with a minimum of two (2) hours of training initially, and one (1) hour of training each year subsequently. The initial two hour training must include, but is not limited to, (1) information concerning the recognition of evidence of alcohol and other drug abuse, (2) the documentation and corroboration of employee alcohol and other drug abuse, and (3) the referral of employees who abuse alcohol or other drugs to the employer assistance program or the resources file.
  • In the event of a positive alcohol test in which the alcohol concentration exceeds the level established by the employer—and under certain other conditions—the employer may be required to pay up to $2,000 in rehabilitation costs for the employee in question, depending on employee benefit plan coverage. This requirement applies only to employers with at least 50 employees and only if the employer has employed the employee for at least 12 of the preceding 18 months; the employee is a first-time violator of the employer’s substance abuse policy; and the employee agrees to receive rehabilitation if required by the employer’s policy.
  • A laboratory doing business for an employer that conducts drug or alcohol tests must file an annual report with the Iowa Department of Public Health by March 1 of each year concerning the number of positive drug and alcohol test results during the previous calendar year.

It is important when drug testing in Iowa to have a comprehensive drug free workplace written policy.

Can an employer test a problem employee if they suspect the employee is using drugs or alcohol at work?

Drug or alcohol tests of individual employees may be conducted only if the employer has a written drug testing policy, if that policy allows for reasonable suspicion testing AND the reasonable suspicion threshold is met, as defined in Iowa law. Employees cannot be singled out for testing, simply because they are difficult to manage.

Drug testing is available in Iowa in all areas including Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Ames, Dubuque and West Des Moines.

Call US Drug Test Centers at 866-566-0261 today for immediate service for drug testing and alcohol testing in Iowa!

Testing options may vary on a site by site basis. Additional fees may apply depending on your location.