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WorkForce Positivity Rate increases in over 1/3 of U.S. Industry Sectors

September 13, 2019

According to new analysis of industry specific date, one-third of U.S. Industry sectors experienced year-over-year double-digit increases in workforce drug positivity between 2015 and 2018. These urine drug test positivites were in 6 of the 17 sectors reported.


Quest Diagnostics analysed more than 14 million urine drug screens identifying the presence of Marijuana, Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Opiates across a nationally representative workforce population. The Retail Trade industry experienced the highest overall positivity rate that went from 4.7% in 2015 to 5.4% in 2019. These numbers exceeded the national positivty rate for the general U.S. workforce. 


These 6 industry sectors experienced a large positivity increase from 2015-2018:


Transportation & Warehousing - 34.5%

Other Services(except Public Administration - 33.3%

Wholesale Trade - 20.0%

Retail Trade - 14.9%

Construction - 13.2%

Administrative Support, Waste Management, and Redemption Services - 12.2%


"Our longitudinal examination of drug positivity data suggests drug use by the nation's workforce is growing across a broad swath of industries. Of particular concern are sharp jumps in positivity rates seen in sectors like transportation, warehousing, and construction that directly affect public safety. Staying vigilant and providing support for employees who test positive for drug use are key for employers seeking to maintain a safe, healthy workforce," said Barry Samples, Ph.D, Senior Director, Science and Technology, Quest Diagnostics.



SOURCE; Quest Diagnostics

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