FORENSIC URINALYSIS DRUG TESTING

The nation's problem may be your problem, too

No one questions that for the last twenty years, drug abuse has been one of the nation's most troubling problems. There is hardly a magazine or newspaper in the country that hasn't run stories on the problems associated with drugs. Health problems, Economic problems, Social problems, and Crime problems.

By now, you've heard all the statistics. How experts say that 15% to 25% of employees either use drugs at work, or come to work under the influence of drugs. How drugs cost the economy over $100 billion each year.

But sometimes the national statistics can seem so distant. The numbers are so huge that they seem abstact and unreal. They can mask the real danger. And like tornadoes and air disasters, we assume it only happens to other companies.

It doesn't. It happens to all of us. If you have more than ten employees who fit a normal cross section of the population, you can assume that one of them probably uses illegal drugs regularly.

So what's the problem?

Good question? You may not care what people do on their own time, but we'll bet that you care a great deal about what they do on your time.

And what habitual drug users do on your time will really bother you. Many of them deal drugs to other employees. They are much more likely to be involved in employee theft. Often, they steal from both the company and their fellow employees.

Drug abusers are involved in accidents four times more often than the normal employee, driving your worker's compensation costs up. In fact, they are five times more likely to file worker's compensation claims than the average employee.

They use 10 times as many sick days. They cost their employers 25% more in medical and health benefits.

So the problem for you as the employer is very real. But unless you can identify the individuals who are using drugs, there isn't much you can do to stop them.

Or help them.

Our Testing Laboratory can offer you a complete Forensic Urinalysis Drug
Screening Program.

We can review your existing Drug Testing Program/Policy, in order to verify that it meets all Legal Requirements and Federal Regulations. If your organization does not have a Drug Testing Program/Policy at present, we can help your organization formulate one which fits your specific needs, and assure compliance with all Legal and Federal Regulations.

We can implement a computer generated random selection process for your Company's drug testing program, which will include documentation and maintenance of all records. This will give each group of employees an equal opportunity to be randomly selected.

We can educate and train all of your personnel and supervisors in a comprehensive training (1 hour) class pursuant to DOT requirements, the class will cover: 1). the effects and consequences of controlled substance abuse on personal health, safety, and the work environment; 2). the manifestations and behavioral causes that may indicate controlled substance use or abuse; 3). documentation of training given to your supervisory personnel.

We can implement your blind quality control program, and can supply you with both "clean" and "drugged" samples for your urinalysis program. We can also save you up to 15% on each sample through your membership in our consortium.

We can provide certified medical technicians and registered nurses at your designated locations nationwide to insure proper urine specimen collection, and transportation of same under strict chain-of-custody, to our Laboratory, Or you can choose to utilize one of our nationwide collection sites.

Urinalysis drug testing positively identifies drug users.

When drugs are taken in any form, traces end up in urine for days or weeks. A small sample of urine can be tested for the presence of specific drugs.

If drugs are present, our drug testing system will identify them.

The Double Check System

Our Double Check System positively identifies the drugs in the system. It is the urinalysis drug testing system stipulated by the courts and by all industry experts.

The Double Check System consists of two separate and independent tests which check the chemical composition of elements in the sample. The first test is EMIT (Enzyme Multiplied Immunoassay Technique), which looks for traces of one to twelve different classes of drugs. The second test is GC/MS (Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry), which takes a molecular "fingerprint" of the suspect trace and makes a positive identification.

When a specimen arrives at our testing laboratory, it is received and processed under strict chain-of-custody procedures. It is then labeled, a test sample is withdrawn, and the rest is stored in a secure area. The EMIT technology screens for the following classes of drugs:

 

Amphetamines (speed)
Barbiturates (downers)
Benzodiazepines(tranquilizers like Librium or Valium)
Benzoylecgonine (cocaine, crack)
Cannabinoids (marijuana, hasish, THC)
Methadone (heroin substitute)
Methaqualone (quaalude)
Methamphetamines

Opiates (opium, heroin, morphine, codiene)
Phencyclidine (PCP)

If EMIT detects the presence of one of these substances, or of a chemical compound that appears to be the same as one of these, the sample is passed on to the second phase of testing. If it doesn't detect any of these drugs, we report back to you that the results were negative. There were no reportable drugs present in the system.

Presumptive positive samples move on to the GC/MS testing, which compares molecules of suspected drug traces in the sample with actual molecules of the drug. If they don't match, the results are negative.

If they do match, we report back to you what we found in the urine specimen. You will receive a detailed typewritten report covering the results for each specimen tested.

The importance of forensic testing

Scientifically and legally, our Double Check System is beyond legal requirements. The results are unquestinably accurate and reliable.

Chain of Custody

Most legal challenges, therefore, are to the identity of the sample itself. The courts require that the sample be identified beyond a doubt. The laboratory you choose for your drug testing program has to be a lab geared exclusively to forensic testing of drugs of abuse.

If it's not, you run too great a risk.

Our testing laboratory is the nation's most reputable specialist in drug testing. We know how important it is that our work be unimpeachable. That's why our chain of custody program is so important.

From the moment the subject seals their urine sample and certifies it as his or her own, exacting legal procedures are followed with two goals in mind.

The first is to make sure the sample is correctly identified at every point in its history.

The second is to make sure that the historical record of that identity can be proven in a court of law.

Chain of Custody is a painstaking process developed over centuries by law enforcement officials to protect evidence. Samples are sealed by both the subject and the test administrator and signed for at every point in transit.

When they arrive at the lab, samples are assigned a bar-code identification and tracked by computer throughout the entire testing process. Finally, positive samples are stored under chain of custody, frozen at -20 degrees, for up to a year, should they be needed as evidence.

Tough standards? You bet. Tough enough to make ours the most respected testing lab in the country.

Our Laboratory References

Our testing laboratory is the largest laboratory in the country to receive certification from the prestigious Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. They send our labs hundreds of blind test samples every year. If they ever misidentified one, our lab could lose their certification. So our testing lab doesn't make mistakes.

That's why Law Enforcement Agencies, The Drug Enforcement Agency, The FBI, The FAA, The U.S. Department of Transportation, The Secret Service, The Military, and over 35% of The Fortune 500 companies use our testing laboratory.

So if you ever had to defend your choice of drug testing, wouldn't you rather defend ours?

Urinalysis sets the standard for drug testing.

- Certification.

Our Laboratory is one of the only Forensic Drug Testing Laboratory that meets the stringent requirements set by:

  • SAMHSA (NIDA) - Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
  • DOD - The Department of Defense
  • CAP - The College of American Pathologists for Forensic Drug Testing

We can help you comply with the new Federal DOT Regulations for:

  • Federal Railroad
  • Federal Highway
  • Coast Guard
  • Federal Aviation
  • Nuclear Power
  • Pipeline Projects
  • Mass Urban Transit
  • Dept. of Defense
  

LABORATORY TESTING- COMPARISON

Requirement / Standard
TVL Labs
Lab X
Lab Y
1. For the screening test, does the lab use SAMHSA/Dept. of Health and Human Services approved immunoassay tests and test levels? Do they follow the manufacturer's FDA approved protocols and cut-off limits?
YES
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2. Is each presumptive positive screening test subjected to a HHS approved confirmation test AT THE SAME LABORATORY?
YES
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3. Does the confirmatory test include quantative Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) AT THE SAME LABORATORY?
YES
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4. Does GC/MS confirmation testing include the use of deuterated internal standards for the major drugs?
YES
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5. Does each testing batch include both "open" and "blind" quality control samples, as well as standards of known concentrations in both screening and confirmation tests?
YES
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6. Does the lab participate in a certified proficiency testing program with both "open" and "blind" samples?
YES
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7. Does the lab use real-time, hand-to-hand chain of custody procedures from the time the sample is received to results reporting?
YES
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8. Are all the reports reviewed by a qualified certification official (MRO) Medical Review Officer/MD before they are released?
YES
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9. Does the lab restrict access to laboratory areas where specimens are processed and records are stored?
YES
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10. Does the lab store positive samples on premises in their original specimen container for at least one year at -10C?
YES
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11. Does staffing include a Laboratory Director with SAMHSA/DHHS qualifications in Forensic Toxicology or Toxicological Chemistry?
YES
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12. Does the laboratory have a legal services department that includes experienced expert witnesses?
YES
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13. Does the lab have a training/implementation program covering collection procedures and chain-of-custody for its clients?
YES
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14. Does the laboratory have an (MRO) Medical Review Officer on staff who certifies all test results prior to reporting results to you and is available for consultation?
YES
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15. Does the laboratory meet all requirements set by:
(SAMHSA) Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
(NIDA) National Institute on Drug Abuse
(DOD) The Department of Defense
(CAP) The College of American Pathologists for Forensic Drug
Testing
YES
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Truth Verification Laboratories, Inc.
Phone : 1-800-727-8846   -   Fax : 1-800-998-0844

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