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A growing share of workers in these industries is failing drug tests — and public safety could be at risk

Transportation, warehousing and construction industries saw some of the biggest spikes in positive drug tests.

12.9.2019

Transportation , warehousing and construction industries saw some of the biggest spikes in positive drug tests.

A higher percentage of people nationwide tested positive for a controlled substance in 2018 than in previous years.

More people are high on the job, and it’s putting the public’s health and safety on the line. One in three industries experienced double-digit percentage increases in the share of workers testing positive for a range of drugs between 2015 and 2018, according to a new analysis of more than 14 million urine drug tests results from Quest Diagnostics, a company that provides laboratory tests. The transportation and warehousing sector had the largest increase in failed workforce drug tests, with a 34.5% uptick between 2015 and 2018. This sector includes everything from postal workers and pilots to public-transportation employees and truck drivers. Other industries that experienced notable increases included wholesale trade (20%), retail trade (14.9%) and construction (13.2%). Retail trade had the highest rate of workforce tests that came back positive for drug use, at 5.4% in 2018. That’s higher than the national rate of 5.1%. Read more: America’s pot obsession challenges another great love — driving cars “Drug use by the nation’s workforce is growing across a broad swath of industries,” Barry Sample, senior director of science and technology at Quest Diagnostics DGX, -0.59% , said in the report. “Of particular concern are sharp jumps in positivity rates seen in sectors like transportation and warehousing and construction that directly affect public safety,” Sample said. “Staying vigilant and providing support for employees who test positive for drug use are key for employers seeking to maintain a safe, healthy workforce.” Marijuana use is particularly becoming a concern Marijuana was the most commonly detected drug in most sectors. The rates of positive tests for marijuana increased by double-digits for eight of the 17 sectors studied, including transportation and warehousing (up 53.3%), mining (up 50%), construction (up 46.7%) and manufacturing (up 38.5%). The sector that displayed the highest rate of marijuana use among its workers, accommodation and food services, actually experienced the largest decline in failed drug tests over the time period analyzed, with a 17.3% drop. ‘Of particular concern are sharp jumps in positivity rates seen in sectors like transportation and warehousing and construction that directly affect public safety.’ —Barry Sample, senior director of science and technology at Quest Diagnostics Whether cannabis legalization has an effect on failed drug tests depends on the state. In areas where medical marijuana has been legalized, there was not an uptick in the number of failed drug tests. This, Sample said, is a reflection of the fact that these laws are very carefully written to make it difficult to access medical marijuana. But as marijuana use increases, employers may need to become more savvy when it comes to the drug-testing methods to ensure that workers aren’t putting the public’s safety (and their own) at risk. For people who consume cannabis infrequently, urine samples will only be positive for THC (the main drug in marijuana) for between one and three days. That timeline lengthens to over a month for regular or heavy cannabis users. Also see: The U.S. isn’t building enough houses — and that’s not changing anytime soon, economists say Comparatively, blood tests for THC can detect traces of the chemical up to 75 days after ingesting marijuana, while hair follicle tests can confirm cannabis use up to 90 days afterward. Marijuana use has become a particular concern when it comes to driving. Contrary to what many think, marijuana is just as dangerous as alcohol in terms of impairing a driver’s abilities, and it is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers involved in crashes, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Shares of Quest are up 4.41% over the past three months. That’s roughly in line with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.85% and S&P 500 SPX, +0.72% , which are up 3.88% and 3.96% over that same period. Quentin Fottrell contributed to this story. Jacob Passy Jacob Passy is a personal-finance reporter for MarketWatch and is based in New York. We Want to Hear from You Join the conversation Comment Read more: MarketWatch

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