Drug Testing in New York

Drug testing is available in all five boroughs – the BronxBrooklynManhattanQueens and Staten Island. Both employers and individuals utilize over 100 facilities for drug testing available in New New York City and surrounding areas.

Be aware that in New York City there is a law prohibiting employers from conducting pre-employment drug testing for pot – (THC, marijuana). There are exceptions for safety sensitive job positions and DOT jobs.

As an employer in the big city, you need to know that you can trust the drug testing facility you will be working with. To do this, you need to know that the facility can accommodate your needs and requests.

Drug free workplace programs and drug testing are available in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and surrounding areas of New York City including New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Connecticut.

Order your New York City drug test with one quick phone call 866-843-4545 or order online, all areas of New York City for employers and individuals.

 Questions on drug testing in New York City

Is it legal to drug test in New York?

Drug testing is legal in New York for employment drug testing and for individual drug testing for probation, self-testing, court ordered testing, child services testing, divorce and other reasons. Testing for marijuana in Department of Transportation (DOT) programs is required.  With limited exceptions, employment testing for marijuana should be discontinued.

How much does a drug test cost in NYC?

The cost of a drug test varies depending on the panels and number of drugs to be tested.  Also depending on the specimen type for drug testing – urine, hair or oral fluid.  Generally, a standard Department of Transportation (DOT) drug test panel or standard 5-panel drug test can run about $60.00; some facilities might charge slightly less or slightly more.

What type of drug test does MTA do?

MRO as regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) will do a five panel DOT drug test.  This panel has the following configuration of drugs:  Marijuana metabolites, Cocaine metabolites, Amphetamines, Opioids, and Phencyclidine (PCP).  For more details review our article and video on What is a DOT 5 Panel Drug Test?

In New York City, can I refuse to be drug tested?

Anyone can refuse a drug test in any city or state.  It is important to consider that refusing a drug test typically has the same consequences as a positive drug test.  It is generally advised that takin a drug test could be better than refusing the test.

What do New York employers look for in a drug test?

Other than DOT testing and certain limited exceptions, marijuana testing is becoming obsolete for New York employers. DOT regulated employers do the five panel DOT drug test, other employers might test for any or all of these: Cocaine (COC), Phencyclidine (PCP), Amphetamines (AMP – including Methamphetamines & MDMA), Benzodiazepines (BZO), Barbiturates (BAR), Methadone (MTD), Propoxyphene (PPX), Methaqualone (MQU) and Opioids (OPI) including hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone.

What You Need to Think About Now

When it comes down to making your decision, you should take a step back and compare all of the facilities you are looking at. Consider whether urine is the testing type you want utilized and if not, what other types are available to you.

Also, consider the experience of the provider as you do not want to end up with inaccurate or compromised results when you send your employees in to be tested.

In addition, is the lab doing the drug testing certified by SAMHSA? Does your provider have a full time Medical Review Officer (MRO) on staff? A full time MRO is a huge asset to any drug testing provider as he or she provides the answers and interpretations of the drug screenings.

Lastly, consider whether the facility is able to turnaround the results in a timely manner or a timeframe that fits your needs. You can ask if the drug testing provider guarantees their results and turnaround times as well.

The facility you choose to work with is an important decision and if you make the wrong choice, you may find that drug testing is more of a hassle than it needs to be. Take your time and weigh all of your options first.

Our drug testing centers in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and surrounding areas of New York City can provide drug testing for employment purposes, drug free workplace policies, court ordered drug testing, probation drug testing, personal drug tests and child custody drug testing. Our drug test centers can provide testing with urine and hair for drugs and for alcohol including EtG alcohol testing.

For immediate drug testing and alcohol testing services in New York City and surrounding areas, call 866-843-4545 or go to Immediate Drug Testing in New York City.