Fentanyl is not a drug that you would usually consider testing for in the work place, but you should. This drug is on the rise and can often be laced with other drugs, but from our experience, some people are taking it alone. We are urging all employers to consider adding this hazardous drug to your testing panel. We have seen more positive tests than we would like to admit...which shows the true reality that fentanyl is effecting our local community both in and out of the workplace. Here at Worker Care we can test for fentanyl in saliva, urine or hair. When a donor takes fentanyl, both norfentanyl and fentanyl will show up as positive on the results. Of course, depending on the type of drug test, the quantity cutoffs will be different, but the end result is: if it’s positive, it’s positive! Fentanyl is an addictive drug and one dose alone can kill a person. It can also make the user feel drowsiness, nausea, confusion, sedation, loss of consciousness and problems breathing. Not great for safety at work.
There are so many reasons that you should add this drug to your testing list as well as your drug policy, but the number one reason to add it, workplace safety. Let's work together and help strengthen our community by providing our employees with a drug free and safe work environment.
Feel free to call us with any questions regarding fentanyl testing! Lately in the news here: https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/crime_and_courts/yakima-man-charged-with-drug-distribution-after-police-say-he-had-77-000-fentanyl-pills/article_6fd8c913-b052-5013-b21a-7a3cfee1e2be.html https://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/fentanyl-persists-as-leading-cause-of-overdose-deaths-in-yakima-county-coroner-says/article_be12681e-e363-5aa4-a7dd-2748ceab3165.html https://komonews.com/news/local/yakima-men-busted-for-150000-fentanyl-pills-totaling-750000-in-traffic-stop