A snapshot of workplace drug testing in the UK

BACKGROUND: There is a growing trend towards workplace drug testing in the UK, but there is little published data associated with this work. AIM: This survey reviews our findings from workplace drug testing in comparison with the results obtained from routine illicit drug monitoring. METHODS: The results of the analysis of 1617 specimens from 82 workplace drug testing sources and 12,281 submitted from drug dependency units were collated and compared. RESULTS: Workplace specimens were found to be positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine and heroin. CONCLUSIONS: The data presented here suggest that a regular monitoring is required to discern the true extent of drug use in the workplace, especially in safety critical areas.

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