Drug and Alcohol Screening

Screening for the presence of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) is becoming increasingly important in the workplace as the impact of improper alcohol and other recreational drug use can present a serious risk to health, safety and workplace productivity.

The Alcohol and Drug Foundation recently provided statistics on the impact stating that alcohol and drugs cost Australian workplaces an estimated $6 billion per year in lost productivity1. Implementing a robust screening program supported by a strong company drug and alcohol policy and workplace education program can add to a positive health, safe and productive workplace culture.

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Specialist Drug and Alcohol Screening Services

Need help understanding your results? Medical Review Officers (MRO’s) are registered medical practitioners who have knowledge and understanding of:

Substance abuse disorders and their management

Alcohol and other drug testing procedures and methodologies

Ethical and privacy issues surrounding workplace drug and alcohol testing

Legislation and recommended standards in regards to drug and alcohol programs

Fitness for work and other medical related safety issues

Laboratory methodology and quality control

Pharmacology of illicit drugs

Interpretation and monitoring for companies who need to comply with Civil Aviation Safety Regulations (1998)

Interpretation of test results including alternative medical explanations for laboratory confirmed results

Sonic HealthPlus provides the following MRO services:

Drug and Alcohol Risk Management Advice

Drug and alcohol validation of results involves the assessment of all testing documentation, sample integrity and results interpretation. This service includes phone consultation with relevant parties i.e. worker, supervisor and possibly a general practitioner. The MRO provides a report to the company representative and candidate.

Drug and Alcohol Policy - Advice and/ or Review

MRO’s can also provide valuable advice in the development of a quality drug and alcohol policy or review of an existing one. Please contact us for a proposal if you wish to take advantage of this service.

On-call MRO Fitness for Duty Instant Assessment (Drug and Alcohol)

This is an MRO on-call service that can be arranged upon request.  The MRO identifies if prescription drugs or faulty testing procedures have influenced the result of an employee’s initial drug and alcohol test. Using specialised knowledge of the use of prescription drugs, the pharmacology and toxicology of illicit drugs and testing procedures, the medical review officer will determine if an employee can safely return to work without risk to themselves or others.

Specimens that were non-negative when first tested are forwarded for laboratory confirmatory testing and results are forwarded to the MRO (Confirmatory reports provided within 24 hours of final results being made available by the laboratory). The MRO determines whether drug results are positive or negative i.e. consistent with a declared drug usage.  If 'negative' the MRO writes the final report and the case is closed.  If the result is 'positive', the MRO writes the final report and sends it to the company who manage the employee as per their drug and alcohol policy.

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