New Collection Site Locator – Coming Soon

by Pablo Bolanos on May 26, 2017

As the world’s leading provider of diagnostic testing, information, and services, we empower people to take action to improve health outcomes. This journey often starts with a specimen collection. Whether the visit is for a wellness screening, a glucose tolerance test, or a drug screen, locating the right collection site is a critical step in the process.

While our existing online collection site locator and appointment scheduler is used thousands of times each day by our clients and donors, we saw an opportunity to redesign and improve this resource to better meet the needs of our users. We’re excited about the upcoming changes and want to share with you some of the highlights:

  • Mobile functionality, providing access on all of your devices is the single biggest feature of our new beta:
  • Real-time analytics of current wait times
  • Live infographics detailing average wait times throughout the day
  • Detailed parking information
  • Improved geo-mapping for accurate location services and directions

In addition, the new locator will look, act, and function more intuitively. Stay tuned to our blog for more tips and previews of our new collection site locator which is set to launch this summer.

To learn more about our collection network, visit our website or contact us online.

Celebrate a Life-changing Alternative

by Steve Beller on May 22, 2017

May is National Drug Court Month. It is a time to raise awareness of drug courts and celebrate a successful strategy for cutting crime and saving lives. It is estimated that each year, drug court programs help 150,000 participants restore their lives by providing an alternative to incarceration and a drug-dependent lifestyle.

The first drug court was established in Miami-Dade County, Florida in 1989. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), “tired of the same faces and the same cases repeatedly appearing before the court, a visionary group of justice professionals decided that the system as it existed was broken and there had to be a better way. They found a solution by combining drug treatment with the structure and authority of the judge. Working as a team, they were able to effect lasting change in the lifestyle and behavior of drug court participants.”

Today there are more than 3,000 drug and problem-solving courts operating in every U.S. state and territory. These specialty courts have arisen to confront the emerging issues facing our country. For example, veteran’s treatment court, the newest model, was created to meet, “the needs of our heroes from the armed services, who sometimes have difficulty adjusting to life at home or coping with combat-related stress, and may become involved in the justice system. Rather than ignore their plight, veteran’s treatment courts provide the treatment and structure they need to resume productive lives.” Other examples of problem-solving courts include: DWI courts, juvenile/family courts, reentry drug courts, and tribal healing courts.

Drug and problem-solving courts deliver substantial returns on the investment and important benefits to society:

  • DWI court participants are 19 times less likely to be rearrested
  • Treatment courts return $27 for every $1 invested
  • Treatment courts help reduce crime by as much as 45%
  • 75% of treatment court graduates are not rearrested

For more information on drug testing, visit our website or contact us online.

Increases in Illicit Drugs, Including Cocaine, Drive Workforce Drug Positivity to Highest Rate in 12 Years

May 16, 2017Drug Testing

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reveals insights into patterns of drug use among the American workforce. It has been published annually for more than 25 years as a public service for government, employers, policymakers, media, and the general public. This year’s report will be presented at the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association […]

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I’m There: Dr. Steven Sykes

May 15, 2017We're There

Dr. Steven Sykes rotated throughout the forensic toxicology laboratory during his multi-year post-doctoral fellowship to learn every aspect of the drug testing process. By training alongside lab technicians and certifying scientists, he gained unique insights into what it takes to reach the highest standards of quality. In this month’s feature of our “I’m There” series, Steven […]

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Prescription Misuse Epidemic Affects 7 in 10 Employers

May 11, 2017Drug Testing

As one of the nation’s leading safety advocates, the National Safety Council (NSC) spotlights issues in an effort to “eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy.” The organization has identified prescription drug misuse as one of its key safety issues because of the […]

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Employers Paying the Price of Substance Abuse

May 9, 2017Drug Testing

Substance abuse in the workplace is increasing. For the past several years, data from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ has shown an increase in drug test positivity in the American workforce. We knew that employee drug use was costly to businesses in turnover, absenteeism, accidents, and insurance. However, the actual cost employers bear for […]

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An Exploration of Addiction: The Teen Years

May 5, 2017An Exploration of Addiction

Recreational drug and alcohol use is oftentimes perceived as harmless, non-habit-forming behavior. In reality millions suffer from substance-abuse disorders that surfaced under the mask of recreational use. In this installment of our Exploration of Addiction series, we examine how addiction can take hold when our brains are at their most vulnerable and when life is […]

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Common Questions about Marijuana

April 28, 2017Illicit drugs

Many employers continue to ask questions about marijuana in the era of state legislation surrounding medical and recreational use statutes. In an effort to provide information about topics related to the science, drug testing, policy, and the law, Quest Diagnostics experts have provided responses to the some of the most frequently asked questions we receive […]

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Fentanyl Crisis Continues

April 26, 2017Drug Testing

Without the careful monitoring of a licensed physician, opioids can be deadly. The National Center on Health Statistics shows that in 2015 alone, more than 17,000 people died from opioid pain relievers, in addition to the 19,000 who died as a result of their use of heroin and other illicit opioids. In total, the percentage […]

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Celebrating True Dedication

April 24, 2017Drug Testing

The week of April 24th is a very special one at Quest Diagnostics. It provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our 30,000+ employees who work days, nights, weekends, and even holidays. These tireless professionals often report to work in the dead of night and remain at their stations even in the most inclement of […]

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