Drug Testing in Phoenix

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Our drug testing centers in Phoenix, AZ 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

If you are considering hiring new employees, you need to have them drug tested to limit your liability. There are different testing methods used by drug testing facilities and knowing what type you are paying to have performed can help you.

Questions on Drug Testing in Phoenix

Does the City of Phoenix drug test?

Yes, the City of Phoenix conducts pre-employment screening on all applicants for all positions for all jobs.  Screening might include a drug test, background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, personal references, and/or certifications. Those applying for DOT covered positions will also be required to pass a drug test.  Other safety sensitive positions might also require a drug test.

Is drug testing legal in Arizona?

Yes, drug testing is legal in Arizona for both employment and individual drug testing.  Specimens for drug testing should be tested at a laboratory and medical review (MRO) of drug tests results in highly recommended. Supervisor training is recommended prior to making determinations for reasonable suspicion testing.  Drug testing in Arizona should be conducted in accordance with an employer drug free workplace written policy.  

What do employers in Phoenix look for in a drug test?

Like in all areas of the United States, Department of Transportation (DOT) required drug testing will include: 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? Those companies not regulated by DOT will typically conduct a 5-panel drug test or a 10-anel drug test. Various panel configurations can be found at: Common Drug Test Panels

In Phoenix, can I be drug tested at an interview?

Drug testing is typically not conducted at an interview. Pre-employment drug testing is commonly requested after an offer of employment is made. If you fail the pre-employment drug test the job offer is rescinded. Unique situations such as a job fair might include interview, job offer and drug screening all in the same day.

Can I refuse to be drug tested if I work in Phoenix?

Not a good idea to ever refused a drug test required by your employer.  Anyone can refuse a drug test in Phoenix.  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 taking a drug test could be better than refusing the test.


What Is the Dipstick Test for Drug Tests?

When a urine sample is collected for drug testing purposes, labs will often utilize the dipstick method in Phoenix, AZ to check for any present drugs. The test consists of a piece of plastic being placed into the urine for a couple seconds. The stick has chemical strips present on them that will light up in color if a drug is detected.

This type of test is one of the most commonly used and it provides the fastest results available. The dipstick test is evaluated by an MRO or Medical Review Officer who is on staff so it is important to check with the lab facility to make sure they have a full-time one on staff.

How Long Until the Results Are Received?

Instant drug testing negative results can be available in fifteen minutes. It can take 24 to 48 hours to receive a result on a lab drug test. Sometimes, if a result is required sooner than that, it can be provided and sometimes it can take as long as 72 hours for the results to be read and provided to an employer. Often, drug tests are not read on the weekends and are only performed and read on businesses days.

When you need to have a drug test performed, speak with the drug testing provider and find out if they are SAMHSA certified and whether there is an MRO on staff. These are important for you to know.