Pre-employment physicals are commonly used by employers to screen a potential hire for drug and alcohol abuse, in order to maintain a drug-free and workplace and to ensure employee safety. This preventive step mitigates the risks of any drug-related accidents at the workplace. There are various different methods used for conducting pre-employment physicals. Urine tests are the most common of them all, but hair, nail clippings, blood, or saliva can also be used for testing purposes. Test requirements vary with the cost and the time frame of every respective test. While a urine drug test screens for recent drug abuse, a hair drug test can provide the history of drug abuse done before 30 days and up to 6 months. A pre-employment physical examination usually screens for the following five drugs:

  • Amphetamines (meth, speed, crack & ecstasy)
  • THC (cannabinoids, marijuana & hash)
  • Cocaine (coke & crack)
  • Opiates (heroin, opium, codeine & morphine)
  • Phencyclidine (PCP & Angel dust)

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