Our drug prevention offering is one of the broadest on the market. NDP serves as an independent partner, helping our clients to tailor substance abuse prevention measures to their workplaces. We offer drug testing, training, assessments, policies and more.
Alcohol and drug policies
An adequate alcohol and drug policy with action plan is a prerequisite for conducting a consistent substance abuse prevention work at a workplace.
NDP can help your organization with policies that fit your organiszation.
That’s why NDP offer custom training courses for executives/management/unions/employees based on the organisation’s alcohol and drug policy. This enhances the organisation’s competence and preparedness. We know that our programmes, combined with other measures, contribute to early intervention and a greater focus on helping colleagues and employees find their way out of addiction.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if your organisation needs help in training managers and staff in substance abuse prevention in the workplace. We offer help based on your specific needs!
Implementing a random drug test programme shows that the company cares about its employees and does not accept the use of controlled substances in the workplace. It also helps discover substance-abuse problems at an early stage so that help and rehabilitation can be offered.
Working under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is often dangerous. In particular it puts the user at risk, but it also endangers the people around him or her. Some 25% of workplace accidents are caused by substance abuse.
We all know the importance of keeping your mind clear while driving; this should be equally obvious in the workplace. That’s why active efforts to prevent the use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace must include unannounced, random drug tests. The idea is not to single out substance abusers for dismissal, but to find and help individuals who are struggling in their everyday lives and thus to contribute to a safe, healthy workplace – whether in an office or on the production floor. About 1–2% of employees test positive for drugs in our tests each year, so we know that substance abuse exists in our workplaces.
What’s it like at your workplace?
The truth is that addicts do not want to admit they have problems. And that can be costly for a business – in both material and human terms. So hard evidence may be necessary. A drug test can give an organisation the proof it needs to help an individual to change their situation through treatment and rehabilitation.
Random, unannounced drug tests in the workplace are a growing trend as part of organisations’ alcohol and drug policies. They have become an accepted method for improving safety and quality in the workplace. NDP have what you need for drug testing, regardless of industry or geographic location.
We conduct drug tests in connection with:
- Unannounced random drug testing
- Suspicions of substance abuse
- Accidents and incidents
- Rehabilitation, aftercare
- Regular scheduled testing
We offer most of the drug test methods available on the market today. Most frequently used at NDP is urine tests. The breath test method, however, is on the rise. We adapt the test method based on your needs.
Breathanalyser test now available for drugs
A device for capturing microscopic aerosol particles in exhaled breath, and a methodology for analysing them using LC-MS equipment in a lab is now available. The methodology has gained peer-review validation and SWEDAC accreditation. They are analysed and reports are made and sent to the testing company; most usually with a 9-Panel analysis.
The 9-Panel usually screened is: Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, Morphine, Heroin (6-AM), Cannabis THC, Diazepam, Oxazepam, Benzoylecgonine, Cocaine, Buprenorphine. An equal number of other abuse drug substances can be detected too, and the company claims the technology can be used to detect therapeutic drugs that should be present in a patient’s body and biomarkers of sicknesses that shouldn’t. Like we leave footprints and fingerprints; a breathprint leaves its clues too.
Story of development
A research team at the Karolinska University Laboratory has developed technology to allow drug testing using a breath sample. Professor Olof Beck and his colleagues have created a unique new method for detecting narcotic substances in exhaled air. Their work resulted in a simple, disposable product that makes it possible to analyse a person’s breath for a short period, about 2 minutes. Several studies have shown that all common drugs can be detected with the breath test – amphetamines, cannabis, heroin and more.
“Our results are very promising and have garnered international attention,” Beck says. “This is the first time it has been possible to measure drugs in exhaled air. Now we are moving on to detecting the presence of several additional drugs of interest, and we are developing the methodology for sampling and analysis.”
Drug testing usually requires urine samples. Attempts have been made in recent years to find simpler alternatives, such as saliva and sweat tests, but they have proven to be problematic. These new findings open the door to a whole new kind of drug testing that is simple and safe and does not require any infringement of privacy or involvement of health care professionals.
Drug abuse is a major problem in society, and drug testing is in high demand in health care, welfare, prisons, workplaces and schools. Reliable drug tests are important for making correct diagnoses and to ensure that users are complying with treatment. The aims for the future are to document that other drugs can also be detected through a breath test, and to simplify and shorten the sampling time, so that the method can be used clinically.
“The results so far have been very convincing, and the method is now routinely used at the Karolinska University Laboratory,” Beck concludes.
Source: Interview with Olof Beck 2013
It is important to remember that the test results say nothing about the severity of the individual’s drug or alcohol problem. Therefore, the next step after a positive drug test is to assess the individual’s treatment requirements, looking at all the factors contributing to their substance abuse. In collaboration with the person’s workplace, we look at their life situation as well as their alcohol and drug use. Then we adapt the intervention to the person’s individual needs.
This evaluation and any previous treatment the person has received create a basis for a prognosis, which allows us to develop an individual action plan for the person. Every individual is unique; the goal is to match each person with the right treatment, staff and environment. The assessments are carried out from a scientific perspective by trained, experienced and specially licensed staff working in collaboration with NDP.
NDP don’t provide rehabilitation services, but we are happy to put our clients in touch with serious treatment facilities where needed.