An analysis of more than 10 million drug test results presented at 13th Annual FTA Drug and Alcohol Program National Conference in May this year by Quest Diagnostics showed that drug use in the American workforce in 2017 reached the highest positivity rate since 2005.
The overall percentage of workers testing positive for the presence of drugs among the combined U.S. workforce in 2017 was 4.2 percent (the same as in 2016). It’s a dramatic rise from the 3.5 percent rate in 2012, which was the lowest rate in 30 years.
The analysis also showed the rate of testing positive for different drugs. Marijuana testing continued its five-year upward trend, with a nearly 75 percent increase, from 5.1 percent in 2013 to 8.9 percent in 2017, in the general US workforce. Cocaine positivity increased 12 percent in 2017, reaching a seven-year high of 0.28 percent, compared to 0.25 percent in 2015 in the general US workforce. Methamphetamine positivity increased more than 8 percent (US).
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