Salem, Oregon Drug Testing
Our testing locations do not accept payment and require a drug test order form at the time of testing. Please click the "Order a Test" button to order your test. Once your order has been processed, your drug test order form will be emailed to you.
About Salem, Oregon
Salem is the county seat of Marion County and the capital of Oregon. The city has a population of over 160,000. The Salem Metro Area includes Marion and Polk counties in western Oregon. The largest cities in the area are Dallas, Four Corners, Hayesville, Keizer, and Woodburn.
Salem is a major agricultural food processing center. Kettle Foods, NORPAC Foods, Flav-R-Pac, West-Pac frozen fruits and vegetables, Santiam canned vegetables, and Oregon Fruit Products all have food processing plants in the city. Salem's top employers are the State of Oregon, Salem-Keizer School District, and Salem Health.
The Saturday Public Market in Salem is open year round and has been in operation for over sixty years. Salem's other farmers' markets are the Salem Saturday Market, open May through October; the Wednesday Farmers’ Market, open in the summer; and the Holiday Gift Market, open in December.
Facts About Salem
- Salem sits on the 45th Parallel, the center point between the North Pole and the equator.
- The Summer Art Fair & Festival takes place for only three days every summer.
- The biggest manufacture of natural potato chips in the U.S., Kettle Chips, started in Salem in the early 1980s.
- The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Salem "Tree City U.S.A." for the last 30 years in a row.
- The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway also runs right through Salem to nearby Keizer.
- Willamette University, located in Salem, is the oldest in the American West.
SAMHSA Report for Oregon
Reports published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimate that there are 305,000 people over the age of 12 who are dependent or abuse illicit drugs or alcohol in Oregon. Though Salem is nowhere near epidemic levels, drug testing and drug free workplace programs help to directly address substance abuse issues in a community.
Instant Urine Drug Testing in Salem
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.
Reporting of Drug and Alcohol Testing Results
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.
Putting the Drug and Alcohol Test Results into Action
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.
Salem's Most Accurate Drug or Alcohol Testing
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.Have more questions? Visit our FAQs page for answers!
Testing options may vary on a site by site basis. Additional fees may apply depending on your location.
US Drug Test Centers
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.