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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.

Other industries that experienced notable increases included wholesale trade (20%), retail trade (14.9%) and construction (13.2%).

“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.

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.

Also see: The U.S. isn’t building enough houses — and that’s not changing anytime soon, economists say

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.

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