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Drug Testing Centers In Connecticut – National Drug Screening

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Drug testing and alcohol testing in Connecticut

drug testing is available today for individuals in connecticut.  national drug screening can offer drug testing at our drug testing facilities in all areas of connecticut including hartford, new haven, stamford, bridgeport and norwalk.  immediate appointments are available with easy fast service from one of our operators standing by.  all tests include mro services and both on-site collection and random selections are available. we accept major credit cards and results can be delivered by e-mail or on-line 24/7 in a secure client area.  all testing types are available – oral fluid, urinalysis, hair testing, saliva testing, alcohol testing and poct testing (point of collection testing).      

connecticut law on drug testing

drug testing of prospective employees

under connecticut law, no employer may require a prospective employee to submit to a urinalysis drug test as part of the application procedure unless the following conditions are met:

  • the applicant is informed in writing  at the time of application of the employer’s intent to conduct such a drug test;
  • the test is conducted in accordance with the statutory procedures, which mandate the methodology for such tests; and
  • the applicant is given a copy of any positive drug test result.

the statute further provides that the results of any such test must be kept confidential and not disclosed by the employer or its employees to any person other than any such employee to whom such disclosure is necessary. drug test results should be treated the same as employee medical records, kept separately from personnel records.

it is a good idea to have the applicant sign a consent form for the drug testing which also authorizes the laboratory to release the results to the employer.

note that individuals who were previously employed by the employer and who are applying for re-employment within twelve months of their termination are treated like current employees for purposes of drug testing, rather than as prospective employees. they cannot be tested unless the requirement of reasonable suspicion is met, or unless they are covered by another law that requires testing.

drug testing of current employees — reasonable suspicion

connecticut law prohibits drug testing of current employees unless the employer has “reasonable suspicion” that the employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect such employee’s job performance.

the law expressly states that the department of labor shall adopt regulations to specify circumstances that shall be presumed to give rise to reasonable suspicion. although regulations have been drafted, they have not yet been finalized.

drug testing of current — employees random tests

an employer generally may not require employees to submit to a drug test on a random basis unless one of the following exceptions applies:

  • such test is authorized under federal law (discussed below);
  • the employee serves in an occupation which has been designated as high-risk or safety-sensitive; or
  • the test is conducted as part of an employee assistance program sponsored or authorized by the employer in which the employee voluntarily participates.

high-risk or safety-sensitive occupations: high-risk or safety-sensitive occupations are defined by regulation as those that: (1) inherently involve a significant life-threatening danger to the employee, fellow employees, or the general public; (2) require the use of judgment or a high degree of care or caution; and (3) are such that the employer could not evaluate the employee’s performance by personal observation.

employees and employers may make written requests to the commissioner of labor that an occupation be designated (or not be designated) as high-risk or safety-sensitive. employers who intend to institute drug testing of current employees and who are not acting under reasonable suspicion or federal mandate must first submit a request to the commissioner for certification that the occupation is high-risk or safety-sensitive. the commissioner maintains a list of occupations designated as high-risk or safety-sensitive; however, this list is only a guideline for future determinations. to see a copy of this list, visit: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/highrisk.htm

an employer cannot rely on the fact that an occupation is on the list to justify implementing a random testing program. rather, each employer who intends to undertake random drug testing must inform the commissioner of its intention so that the commissioner can make a separate certification for that employer.

as noted, connecticut law addresses only urinalysis testing, which may not be particularly effective for detecting alcohol abuse or intoxication. while an employer is not precluded under connecticut law from using other types of tests (such as a breathalyzer test) to detect alcohol intoxication, there is no “safe harbor” or guidance on methodology provided by connecticut state law on drug testing.  note, however, that the federal dot regulations for regulated industries (airlines, railroads, mass transit, trucking, etc.) require alcohol testing in addition to testing for certain classes of illegal drugs.

potential liability

under connecticut’s drug testing law, any employer or laboratory that violates any provision of the law shall be liable to the affected person for special and general damages, together with attorneys’ fees and costs. further, a court can order injunctive relief.

thus far, the connecticut courts have declined to find a common law cause of action for wrongful discharge, noting that the statutory remedy is available. however, an employer could be subject to other common law claims such as defamation, intentional or negligent infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.

an employer who applies a drug testing program on a discriminatory basis (such as requiring only members of certain protected classes to submit to tests) could face liability under state and federal anti-discrimination laws, such as the connecticut fair employment practices act and title vii of the civil rights act. in addition, the americans with disabilities act provides protections for former drug users who have been successfully rehabilitated and no longer illegally use drugs, as well as those who are erroneously regarded as engaging in illegal drug use.

also, an employer subject to the drug-free workplace act can face penalties for failure to comply with the act. such penalties can include grant suspension, termination or debarment of the contractor or grantee.

connecticut is a drug testing friendly state though its law places restrictions on random testing.  the medical marijuana law states that it does not apply to “ingestion of marijuana… in the workplace.”   the general consensus in the courts and the legal commentaries is that medical marijuana laws do not require employers to modify their employment practices, drug-free workplace policies, drug testing policies, or accommodation policies.  the courts have consistently held for employers in these medical marijuana states.

Connecticut – intoxication defense

Connecticut is a drug testing friendly state though its law places restrictions on random testing.  the medical marijuana law states that it does not apply to “ingestion of marijuana… in the workplace.”   the general consensus in the courts and the legal commentaries is that medical marijuana laws do not require employers to modify their employment practices, drug-free workplace policies, drug testing policies, or accommodation policies.  the courts have consistently held for employers in these medical marijuana states.

random testing is limited to positions designated by the state. for an updated list of approved positions go to: http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/highrisk.htm. the site states, “this list may serve only as a guide for the commissioner in future investigations and determinations made pursuant to the regulations. employers may institute random urinalysis drug testing only after their individual request has received written approval from the commissioner.”

Connecticut Workers Compensation Act Favorable to the Intoxication Defense

w.c.a. §31-275

(c) in the case of accidental injury, a disability or a death due to the use of alcohol or narcotic drugs shall not be construed to be compensable injury;

Unfortunately there is a challenge in Connecticut as post-accident drug/alcohol testing falls under reasonable suspicion testing.  Connecticut law prohibits drug testing of current employees unless the employer has “reasonable suspicion” that the employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect such employee’s job performance.

Under Connecticut department of labor workplace laws – sec. 31-51x. drug testing: reasonable suspicion required. (a) no employer may require an employee to submit to a urinalysis drug test unless the employer has reasonable suspicion that the employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect such employee’s job performance. The labor commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to specify circumstances which shall be presumed to give rise to an employer having such a reasonable suspicion, provided nothing in such regulations shall preclude an employer from citing other circumstances as giving rise to such a reasonable suspicion.

The regulations and specific circumstances mentioned in sec. 31-51x have not been finalized.  It could be argued that an accident would be sufficient circumstances to give rise to reasonable suspicion situation and thus a post-accident drug and alcohol needs test to be performed.

Intoxication Defense Best Practices

A post-accident drug test is the most important drug test an employer will require. this test can lead to huge financial savings!

After an injury, many employers require their employees to have a drug screen performed immediately after medical treatment. This testing is performed to allow the employer and insurance carrier to dispute the compensability of the injured worker’s claim. Typically, to defeat a workers compensation claim an employer must show two things: first, that the employee was intoxicated at the time of the injury and second that the intoxication caused or contributed to that injury.

In virtually every state (except arizona) you can challenge a workers compensation claim if there is evidence that the employee was intoxicated at the time of the accident, and if that intoxication “contributed” to the cause of the accident. Some states provide a presumption of both intoxication and cause thereby denying a workers compensation benefit to anyone testing positive; other states provide a presumption of intoxication leaving cause to be proved, and some states provide a specific automatic deduction if there is a positive drug or alcohol test. One should be careful to follow state law since some states specifically define post-accident testing and others limit testing to only situations where there is reasonable suspicion.

One thing is for sure, defeating a workers compensation claim is not automatic, and many times a judge and/or jury may be involved.

  • who administered the testing?
  • if it was the employer, did they know how to properly administer the test?
  • how can they establish that it was not contaminated?
  • if it was for alcohol, was the machine calibrated properly?
  • have company policies, dot regulations and state laws been followed?

It is not unusual that the employer does not have the proper expertise to properly administer testing after an accident.

How you handle post-accident testing and workers’ compensation claims is paramount to establishing the intoxication defense and preventing claimants from rebutting the statutory presumptions. the following procedures can help you protect your ability to use the intoxication defense.

  • have a written and promulgated drug-testing policy.

The policy should contain a statement that all employees are subject to drug testing and that a refusal to take a drug screen will result in a presumption that the test would have been positive. furthermore, the drug policy should be signed by the employee and be universally enforced. if the policy is not enforced, the claimant can argue that no policy exists.

  • training & education

Your drug free workplace program must have a training and education component. employees and supervisors must know the policy, the consequences of violating the policy and the harmful effects of drugs/alcohol in the workplace. supervisors must be able to make decisions for reasonable suspicion testing and must know the company policy inside and out.

  • always test an employee immediately following the accident.

Test after even minor accidents. a court can deny the intoxication presumption if the test occurs too late after the accident.

  • take a written statement from an injured employee after an accident.

The statement should ask specifically whether the employee had consumed any alcohol within 24 hours of the accident or any non-prescribed controlled substances, including cocaine or marijuana, within 30 days of the accident. Have the employee sign the statement.

  • take written statements of co-workers.

If you suspect drug use by the injured employee, ask the co-employees whether they noticed any unusual behavior. never discuss the results of any drug tests with the injured worker’s co-employees.

  • have drug tests collected and performed by a reputable vendor.

A medical drug test performed for treating a patient is different from an employment drug test. the employment drug test procedure must follow company policy, federal and/state law and specifically quantifies the drug and alcohol levels. furthermore, the testing entity should follow the federal guidelines the collection and testing procedures.

  • approve emergency care for an injured employee, despite positive drug results.

The injured employee will be entitled to reasonable emergency medical care until he is stabilized or discharged.

  • do not encourage the use of alcohol.

An exception to the intoxication defense occurs when employers provide the intoxicating beverage and encourage its use or if the intoxication occurs in pursuit of the employer’s interest. have a written policy against using alcohol, even in work-related activities.

Employers should note that even if the injured employee is found or presumed to be intoxicated, they are responsible for any reasonable emergency medical care until the employee is stabilized or discharged. consultant joe reilly recommends three main things needed to successfully prove intoxication: a compliant workplace drug-testing program, a properly administered drug-test and a positive test result. Prepare now for lower workers comp costs and potential denial of claims achieving a return on investment for your drug free workplace program.

No one would tell you that every positive drug or alcohol test will result in a denial of a claim.   But, that’s where you start. if you’re not doing post-accident testing or not doing it properly you may lose the opportunity to challenge an otherwise defensible claim. you have to conduct post-accident/injury drug/alcohol tests in order to even consider the intoxication defense.

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Connecticut workers compensation act favorable to the intoxication defense

w.c.a. §31-275

(c) in the case of accidental injury, a disability or a death due to the use of alcohol or narcotic drugs shall not be construed to be compensable injury;

Unfortunately there is a challenge in Connecticut as post-accident drug/alcohol testing falls under reasonable suspicion testing. Connecticut law prohibits drug testing of current employees unless the employer has “reasonable suspicion” that the employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect such employee’s job performance.

Under Connecticut department of labor workplace laws – sec. 31-51x. drug testing: reasonable suspicion required. (a) no employer may require an employee to submit to a urinalysis drug test unless the employer has reasonable suspicion that the employee is under the influence of drugs or alcohol which adversely affects or could adversely affect such employee’s job performance. The labor commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to specify circumstances which shall be presumed to give rise to an employer having such a reasonable suspicion, provided nothing in such regulations shall preclude an employer from citing other circumstances as giving rise to such a reasonable suspicion.

The regulations and specific circumstances mentioned in sec. 31-51x have not been finalized.  It could be argued that an accident would be sufficient circumstances to give rise to reasonable suspicion situation and thus a post-accident drug and alcohol needs test to be performed.

Employers should note that even if the injured employee is found or presumed to be intoxicated, they are responsible for any reasonable emergency medical care until the employee is stabilized or discharged. Consultant Joe Reilly recommends three main things needed to successfully prove intoxication: a compliant workplace drug-testing program, a properly administered drug-test and a positive test result. Prepare now for lower workers comp costs and potential denial of claims achieving a return on investment for your drug free workplace program.

Drug testing centers are open daily and provide drug and alcohol testing for individuals.

Drug testing is available for: court ordered programs, probation, legal cases, divorce, child custody and required testing for colleges and universities.

All major laboratories are utilized including Labcorp, Quest Diagnostics, Alere toxicology, Clinical Reference Labs (CRL) and Medtox. All laboratory patient service centers and collection sites are available for immediate testing.

Your drug test can be scheduled today with one easy phone call. drug testing locations are available and convenient to where you live and work. An easy process – it is confidential and secure.

Negative drug test results are available next business day after specimen collection. your results are reported back to you with fast turnaround by e-mail, fax, or us mail.

if you need to order a drug test today, call National Drug Screening or ORDER NOW.

For drug testing in Connecticut for employers call now: 866-843-4545

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Testing locations in Connecticut

Location Address
A & B Employer Solutions, Llc New Haven 446 Blake Street, New Haven, Connecticut 6515
Center For Occ Hlth/St.Francis Care Windsor 100 Deerfield Rd, Windsor, Connecticut 6095
Charter Oak Walk In Medical Center East Lyme 324 Flanders Road, East Lyme, Connecticut 6333
Compcare Occupational Medicine Middletown 28 Crescent St, Middletown, Connecticut 6457
Concentra Medical Center New Britain 972 W MAIN ST, New Britain, Connecticut 6053
Concentra Medical Center New Haven 370 James Street, New Haven, Connecticut 6513
Concentra Medical Center Norwich 10 Connecticut Ave, Norwich, Connecticut 6360
Concentra Medical Center Stratford 555 Lordship Blvd, Stratford, Connecticut 6615
Concentra Medical Center Torrington 333 Kennedy Dr, Torrington, Connecticut 6790
Concentra Medical Center Windsor 1080 Day Hill Road, Windsor, Connecticut 6095
Concentra Medical Centers East Hartford 701 Main Street, East Hartford, Connecticut 6108
Concentra Medical Centers Stamford 15 Commerce Rd, Stamford, Connecticut 6902
Concentra Medical Centers Wallingford 900 Northrop Road, Wallingford, Connecticut 6492
Concentra Medical Centers Waterbury 8 S Commons Rd, Waterbury, Connecticut 6704
Corpcare Occupational Health-Connectic Manchester 1075 Tolland Tpke, Manchester, Connecticut 6042
Corporate Health Care-Dba Danbury Heal Danbury 79 Sand Pit Rd, Danbury, Connecticut 6810
Denny Chiropractic Hamden 295 Washington Ave, Hamden, Connecticut 6518
Emsi- Hartford Contract-In-Office Only Rocky Hill 2257 Silas Deane Hwy Ste 3, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 6067
Examone-Hartford Rocky Hill 1111 Cromwell Ave Bldg 4, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 6067
Exams Plus Drug & Alcohol Testing Enfield 535 Hazard Ave, Enfield, Connecticut 6082
Fairfield Family Medical Care Fairfield 525 Tunxis Hill Cut Off, Fairfield, Connecticut 6825
Franklin Medical Group,Pc Naugatuck 799 New Haven Rd, Naugatuck, Connecticut 6770
General Practitioners Of Hamden Hamden 1100 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, Connecticut 6514
H.O.M.E,Inc/Occ Hlth Svcs New Haven 2 Church St S Ste 112, New Haven, Connecticut 6519
Hartford Medical Group Avon 100 Simsbury Road Suite 203, Avon, Connecticut 6001
Hartford Medical Group East Hartford 265 Ellington Rd, East Hartford, Connecticut 6108
Hartford Medical Group Manchester 256 N Main St, Manchester, Connecticut 6040
Hartford Medical Group West Hartford 445 S Main St, West Hartford, Connecticut 6110
Hartford Medical Group West Hartford 336 North Main Street, West Hartford, Connecticut 6117
Hartford Medical Group-Windsor-Omc Windsor 1060 Day Hill Road, Windsor, Connecticut 6095
Hartord Medical Group W Hartford 926 Quaker Ln S, W Hartford, Connecticut 6110
Johnson Occupational Medicine Center Enfield 3 Weymouth Rd, Enfield, Connecticut 6082
Labcorp Bridgeport 4750 MAIN ST, Bridgeport, Connecticut 6606
Labcorp Danbury 67 SAND PIT RD, Danbury, Connecticut 6810
Labcorp Fairfield 501 KINGS HWY E, STE 103, Fairfield, Connecticut 6825
Labcorp Hamden 2440 WHITNEY AVE 2ND FL, Hamden, Connecticut 6518
Labcorp Norwich 12 CASE ST STE 302, Norwich, Connecticut 6360
Labcorp Shelton 4 CORPORATE DR, STE 185, Shelton, Connecticut 6484
Labcorp Stamford 1290 SUMMER ST UNIT 5100, Stamford, Connecticut 6902
Labcorp Waterbury 1068 W MAIN ST, Waterbury, Connecticut 6708
Med Now Stratford 1040 Barnum Ave, Stratford, Connecticut 6614
Med-East Medical Center-Tolland Tolland 200 Merrow Road, Tolland, Connecticut 6084
Med-East Medical Walkin Center Willimantic 1703 Main St, Willimantic, Connecticut 6226
Medtrac, Inc. New Haven 1631 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut 6511
Medworks, Inc Bristol 539 Farmington Ave, Bristol, Connecticut 6010
Medworks, Llc Newington 375 E Cedar St, Newington, Connecticut 6111
Middlesex Med Center/Occupational Med Cromwell 3136 Berlin Road, Cromwell, Connecticut 6416
Multicare Medical Center, P.C. Milford 232 Boston Post Rd, Milford, Connecticut 6460
Multicare Physicians & Rehab Group Cheshire 28 S Main St, Cheshire, Connecticut 6410
New Britian Occupational Health-Allian Plainville 440 New Britain Ave, Plainville, Connecticut 6062
New England Drug & Alcohol Testing 1020 Fairfield Avenue 2nd Floor, Bridgeport, Connecticut 6605
Occupational Health Care-Syed H. Reza, Norwalk 345 Main Ave, Norwalk, Connecticut 6851
Occupational Health Center -Lawrence & Groton 52 Hazelnut Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut 6340
Occupational Medicine Services Of Imcc Wethersfield 1260 Silas Deane Hwy, Wethersfield, Connecticut 6109
P.R.O.S Medical Services Brookfield 246 Federal Road Unit D-12, Brookfield, Connecticut 6804
Physician Services Of Ne Ct, Llc Plainfield 12 Lathrop Rd, Plainfield, Connecticut 6374
Plainfield Walk-In Medical Center Plainfield 558 Norwich Rd, Plainfield, Connecticut 6374
Preferred Care Walk-In Medical Center Middletown 842 Washington Street, Middletown, Connecticut 6457
Primary Care Center Of Thomaston Thomaston 205 South Main Street, Thomaston, Connecticut 6787
Putnam Medical Assoc Putnam 330 Pomfret St, Putnam, Connecticut 6260
Quest Diagnostics-Branford – 144 North 144 North Main Street, Branford, Connecticut 6405
Quest Diagnostics-Bristol 935 Farmington Avenue, Bristol, Connecticut 6010
Quest Diagnostics-Danbury-Germantown 7 Germantown Rd, Danbury, Connecticut 6810
Quest Diagnostics-Darien 557 Post Rd, Darien, Connecticut 6820
Quest Diagnostics-Glastonbury-N.L. Tur 131 New London Turnpike, Glastonbury, Connecticut 6033
Quest Diagnostics-Hamden-Dixwell 3000 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, Connecticut 6518
Quest Diagnostics-Hartford-21 Woodland 21 Woodland St, Hartford, Connecticut 6105
Quest Diagnostics-Madison 11 Woodland Road, Madison, Connecticut 6443
Quest Diagnostics-Manchester 555 Main Street, Manchester, Connecticut 6040
Quest Diagnostics-Mansfield Center 135d Storrs Rd, Mansfield Center, Connecticut 6250
Quest Diagnostics-Meriden 816 Broad Street, Ste 22, Meriden, Connecticut 6450
Quest Diagnostics-Middletown 400 Saybrook Rd, Middletown, Connecticut 6457
Quest Diagnostics-New Britain 40 Hart Street, Building C, New Britain, Connecticut 6052
Quest Diagnostics-New Haven-Church Str 2 Church St S Ste 115, New Haven, Connecticut 6519
Quest Diagnostics-New London Bank St 721 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut 6320
Quest Diagnostics-Norwich-New London T 118 New London Turnpike, Norwich, Connecticut 6360
Quest Diagnostics-Old Saybrook 929 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, Connecticut 6475
Quest Diagnostics-Shelton 515 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, Connecticut 6484
Quest Diagnostics-Simsbury 381 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, Connecticut 6089
Quest Diagnostics-Stamford-Mill River 80 Mill River Street, Stamford, Connecticut 6902
Quest Diagnostics-Stratford-Lordship P 555 Lordship Blvd Fl 1, Stratford, Connecticut 6615
Quest Diagnostics-Torrington, E Main S 1933 E Main St, Torrington, Connecticut 6790
Quest Diagnostics-Unionville 45 S Main St, Unionville, Connecticut 6085
Quest Diagnostics-Wallingford-South El 15 South Elm Street, Wallingford, Connecticut 6492
Quest Diagnostics-Waterbury-Westwood A 60 Westwood Avenue, Waterbury, Connecticut 6708
Quest Diagnostics-Wethersfield 465 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, Connecticut 6109
Quest Diagnostics-Windsor Locks 2 Concorde Way, Building 3A, Windsor Locks, Connecticut 6096
South Windsor Ambulatory Care Center South Windsor 2800 Tamarack Rd, South Windsor, Connecticut 6074
St. Mary’s Hospital Occ Hlth Waterbury 1320 West Main Street Bldg. 1, Waterbury, Connecticut 6708
St.Francis Hospital/Occ Hlth Dept Hartford 114 Woodland Street, Hartford, Connecticut 6105
Stony Creek Urgent Care Center, Llc Branford 6 Business Park Dr Ste #302, Branford, Connecticut 6405
Stony Creek Urgent Care Orange 236 Boston Post Rd, Orange, Connecticut 6477
Vernon Walk In Medical Care Center Vernon 224 Hartford Tpke, Vernon, Connecticut 6066
Yale – New Haven Hospital Worker Healt East Haven 317 Foxon Road, East Haven, Connecticut 6513
Yale New Haven Hops Occup. Health Plus Hamden 2080 WHITNEY AVE, Hamden, Connecticut 6518
Yale New Haven Hosp. Occup. Health Plu Branford 84 N MAIN ST, Branford, Connecticut 6405
Yale New Haven Hospital Occup. Health New Haven 175 Sherman Ave, New Haven, Connecticut 6511