How long does drug testing take?

Results from drug testing are very quick, and they can be brought to you in just a few days. When employers arrange for a rapid test to be done that will provide them with the relevant results on the same day. A positive drug testing will require slightly longer, so unless someone – an employer, or a patient who just wants the results back quickly – ask specifically for a reply at a certain time, any positive testing will probably take a few days, perhaps even for up to one week.

Can the workplace drug tests be negative/positive?

It’s understandable that any prospective applicant or existing employee will be unnerved at the thought of having to provide some of themselves – blood, urine, saliva – to be tested for drugs. They’ve got every right to be concerned since any drug testing can have negative consequences.

Even if that person uses the most cost-effective, quick, and reliable test available, there is always the possibility of a false positive result. In this case, a false positive means that the patient ‘belongs’ to a particular group where they don’t belong. For instance, someone who isn’t taking drugs is placed with those who are.

But fortunately there are confirmatory tests which greatly reduces the chances of a false positive being made, but it might be a good idea to ask if such procedures are in place to prevent this problem.


Employers want their workers to come to work fully aware and certain of what they’re doing; they don’t want them to arrive at work stoned, hallucinating and causing safety issues. It’s not just a case of physical safety. The drug use is entering the workplace, and they are aware of what drugs cause problems, and they quickly find out which of their workers come to work and get themselves “high” on the drugs.

Drug abuse at work affects job performance, so when a staff member gets high or is stoned already, they can’t focus on their jobs. More financially minded members in the company also stated that the health care costs shoot upland morale is badly affected by the drug abuse, especially when known drug takers at the company don’t turn up for work. The most common drug found is marijuana, and it is the more illegal drug that can be found during a drug test. Years ago, a major lab revealed statistics that showed 16% took cocaine, and over 60% was for marijuana.

The number will surprise many from North America, Australia, and other parts of the world that wouldn’t subject their employees to this type of work.

There are thousands of Japanese who are subjecting themselves to 60 and even 90 hours of work a week! One example is Kiyotaka Serizawa who committed suicide because of working 90 hours a week, which was the last count weeks before his life ended. His employer, an apartment maintenance company.

In Singapore… a study found staff to be overworked and underpaid. Over in Australia, another study found that teachers are struggling to cope with heavier workloads, with more than three-quarters saying time spent on school-related activities has increased in the past year.