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The specimen collection process is one of the most important parts of a drug-testing service. If collection procedures are not correctly followed the subsequent drug-testing results may be jeopardized. Therefore, all of our procedures are safeguarded for integrity, security, and proper identification of the specimen. The procedures also are designed to protect the privacy of the individual donor and provide assurance in the collection process because of the potential impact of drug test results on the client.

Take advantage of PCUP for all of your testing needs. Look to PCUP for excellence and great customer service. All tests conducted by PCUP are kept in accordance with Federal Guidelines and Department of Health and Human Services.

We offer competitive rates, fast dependable, on-site service, and same day returns for test results.

Why P.C.U.P?

- Same-day results for rapid drug screens.

- 48 hours for reporting DOT confirmations.

- Medical Review Officer Services included with test confirmations.

- Collection supplies (Chain of Custody forms, kits and shipping materials) can be provided.

- The DOT required panel for drug screens.  Also, more expanded panels for prescription drug use and comprehensive drug screens for nursing students.

- Highest proficiency and certification requirements.

- Professional liability insurance carried by the laboratory and collectors.

- Annual statistical reports on consortium activities if requested.


MOBILE DRUG TESTING AT YOUR SERVICE

All of PCUP services are available on-site at your facility. True random screening works best at your site, on your schedule.

SIMPLIFY  YOUR TESTING NEEDS….

- No travel time, because we come to you
- Preliminary results the same day
- Security and integrity you can have confidence in
- Call us today for an appointment: (405) 698-2870

According to current demographic statistics, alcohol abuse accounts for approximately two-thirds of the total number of substance abuse complaints in US workplaces. In addition, the use or abuse of alcohol is associated with nearly half of all industrial accidents. Since 2002, it has been illegal in all 50 U.S. states to drive with a blood alcohol concentration that is .08% or higher.  

A breath-alcohol test is the most common way of testing for alcohol. A breathalyzer is a device that is used for measuring a person's blood alcohol content from a breath sample. Breathalyzers can detect and measure current alcohol levels. 

The donor blows into a breathalyzer and the results are given as a number, known as the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) which shows the level of alcohol in the blood at the time of the test. 

PCUP is certified to perform all forms of alcohol detection: breath, blood, urine, hair, and oral fluids.


A simple scientific fact: Hair analysis technology for the detection of drug use in workplace testing continues to grow. 

There are two important regions in the basic structure of hair that are involved in hair analysis: the cuticle, and the cortex. The cortex is the region inside the hair shaft that is the that is fed by blood while the hair is forming in the follicle. The cuticle is the region on the outside the hair shaft affected by the environment. 

The fingernails or toenail collections are also a source that can be tested in the same fashion. Nail keratin grows in two directions. From the germinal matrix, growing from the nail root and as it elongates the thickness of nail adds new keratin underneath the fingernail bed. Blood vessels in the nail bed feed the fingernails. Drug and alcohol use can be detected in fingernail samples 1-2 weeks following use. The window of detection for drugs in fingernails is from three to 6 months after use; depending on the rate of growth and  state of health ex: disease, results will vary.


If an employer conducts one pre-employment alcohol test, then all future applicants must undergo alcohol pre-employment testing. Substance abusers usually shy away from companies who have drug-free workplace programs in place and go to work for the small businesses without a program so they remain undetected. Implementing substance abuse testing can decrease workplace accidents, production costs, medical costs, workers compensation premiums, turnover, theft and shrinkage. Substance abuse programs can also boost employee morale and loyalty.

Consider these facts:

* 76.4% of illicit drug users are employed

When compared to employees without a diagnosed substance abuse problem, alcohol abusers are 2 times as likely, drug abusers are 3 times as likely and alcohol-and-drug abusers are 4 times as likely to be hospitalized for injuries. 

-- National Drug-Free Workplace Alliance, September 21, 2005

Employed drug abusers are 50% more likely to steal from their employers. 

-- South Florida Business Journal, April 17, 2006.


Random drug testing means the unscheduled, unannounced drug testing of randomly selected employees by a process designed to ensure that selections are made in a nondiscriminatory manner.

True random testing is conducted by selecting a percentage of employees  determined from  the total number of eligible participants in the random pool. Each employee has an equal chance of being tested on any given day, even if previously tested.


According to DATIA refences :
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a final rule that establishes a national drug and alcohol clearinghouse for commercial truck and bus drivers.  The clearinghouse database will serve as a central repository containing records of violations of FMCSA’s drug and alcohol testing program by commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders.
 
Once the clearinghouse is established, motor carrier employers will be required to query the system for information concerning current or prospective employees who have unresolved violations of the federal drug and alcohol testing regulations that prohibit them from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).  It also requires employers and medical review officers to report drug and alcohol testing program violations.
 
The national drug and alcohol clearinghouse Final Rule goes into effect in January 2020, three years after its effective date.
 
 
Read the full FMCSA press release.
 
Read the full FMCSA CDL Clearinghouse rule.
 
See the FMCSA CDL Clearinghouse website with information broken down on requirements by service provider.


Here are some reasons why DNA Paternity testing is conducted: for peace of mind, family medical concerns, child support, custody, adoption, citizenship/immigration, inheritance/benefits (social security, insurance, etc.), and Crime scene analysis (forensic testing). The following are frequently asked questions:

(1)What is paternity?

Paternity means fatherhood. Paternity is established when a paternity testing laboratory uses genetic testing methods/DNA test, to demonstrate to a legal standard, that an alleged father is or is not the biological father.

 (2)What kinds of samples are needed for DNA testing?

P.C.U.P. frequently uses a cheek swab collection (buccal swab) since it is easy to obtain, completely non-invasive, painless and is just as accurate as blood samples. Almost any biological sample could be used since DNA is located everywhere throughout the body in the same exact form.

(3)Are the paternity test results confidential?

Yes, P.C.U.P. DNA test results are strictly confidential. They are released only to the adult persons who were tested and as requested, to their authorized agents (e.g. attorneys). Typically, all adults over age eighteen who are tested are eligible to receive a copy of the test results. In addition, individuals representing tested parties, such as attorneys, can receive a copy of the report at the request of a test participant. Let Client Services know if you have special requirements and we will work with you to meet your needs.

(4)Are the results admissible in court?

Yes. P.C.U.P. follows a strict chain-of-custody procedure which allows for court/legal admissibility. If you are interested in other types of DNA testing, please contact our Client Services department at (405) 698-2870 for more information.

(5)Can paternity testing be done without a specimen from the Mother?

While a paternity test can be conducted without the mother, it is always recommended that the mother be included in the test. Including the mother not only acts as a quality control step to ensure the proper child has been sampled but it also strengthens the genetic evidence of the test. Not including the mother in the test can cut the combined paternity index value in half. This becomes important when the combined paternity index is low. Not including the mother in the test, reduces the ability to detect false inclusions.

(6)Can testing be done if the alleged father is missing or deceased?

Yes. Other relatives, such as the alleged father’s parents, can replace him in the test if necessary. At times, biological samples from a deceased person can be obtained from a hospital or the coroner’s office. For additional information, please contact our Client Services department at (405) 698-2870.

(7)What if the two possible fathers are related?

When possible, both men should be tested at the same time. Relatives have similar DNA patterns, but the laboratory will always perform enough tests to completely resolve the paternity issue. It is important that you inform us of the situation when you order your test.

(8)Can I do anything to alter the results of the test?

No, you cannot alter the results of a test. Medication, drugs, alcohol, food, age or lifestyle can not alter the DNA pattern within an individual.

(9)How accurate is DNA-based paternity testing?

DNA Profiling method is an extremely accurate genetic testing method. It can absolutely determine if the man is the biological father or reliably exclude him. DNA Profiling can establish that the alleged father is the child’s biological father with a probability of paternity of ninety-nine percent or higher. Each year many individual clients, child support offices, attorneys, judges and physicians choose P.C.U.P. as their source for information, guidance and testing services in order to determine paternity.

(10)How old does the child need to be for paternity determination?

There is no age limit with DNA Profiling. Children who are just a few days old can be tested using buccal swab sample collection. Newborns are readily tested by collecting blood from the umbilical cord on the day of birth. Under special circumstances, DNA paternity testing can be performed on unborn children during pregnancy by using amniotic fluids or CVS samples.

(11)Is the Lab accredited? Are the results reliable?

P.C.U.P. partners with laboratories accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks(AABB) for the purpose of performing paternity tests.

(12)How long does it take to receive results from the paternity test?

It typically takes about three to ten working days to complete the testing. In cases where the mother’s sample is not included or when an abnormal/difficult sample is used, testing may require more time. For specific information on the time required for your test, please contact Client Services at (405) 698-2870.

(13)What does DNA testing cost?

The Client Services department will be pleased to answer any pricing/cost questions that you may have. Call us at: (405) 698-2870 for more information or to make an appointment.


Immigration DNA testing is often required to provide proof of a relationship between a petitioner and a beneficiary who wishes to immigrate to the United States. Paternity/Relationship tests used for immigration into the United States are generally handled like a legal paternity/relationship test with a few exceptions. The sample collection kit must be sent directly from the laboratory to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that is performing the sample collection of the beneficiary. The same laboratory must test both the petitioner and the beneficiary(s).

Results of testing must be submitted directly from the laboratory to the requesting office of USCIS or State Department.


Many schools have already found great value in using random drug and alcohol testing as part of their anti-drug programs. The goal of testing is to prevent drug and alcohol use. When drugs invade a school it threatens the safety of students and disturbs the learning environment.

Drug testing begins with the collection of a urine or oral fluid specimens; following the well-established procedures for collecting specimens.

Student  athletes are usually tested in a three step process: (a) an initial immunoassay screening test; (b) if the initial test result is positive, that result will be confirmed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to confirm the results.(c) Confirmations are then reviewed by a Medical Review Officer (MRO).


Drug testing can be used by the court to determine paternity, settle custody issues, set standards for visitation rights, and other legal matters. Types of tests most ordered by the court are hair, urine, saliva, and DNA.

P.C.U.P. provides monitoring and accountability for cases involving substance abuse offenders who need comprehensive supervision. Our program requires the offender to be tested several times a month.

We use various methodologies for drug testing. We offer standard screening devices, along with expanded drug panels designed to detect Prescription Drug abuse. We can provide lower cut-off levels with accuracy, if needed. A non-negative result is sent to a certified laboratory for confirmation testing. Our staff provides same sex collectors for direct observations.


Oral Fluid Testing is a lab based testing alternative to collecting urine specimens for drug testing purposes. One of the main advantages of oral fluid testing is that the donor cannot substitute or adulterate the specimen easily.

Oral fluid testing is becoming very popular for student testing in schools. Depending upon the drug used and the dose, drugs may be detected in oral fluid in as little as 2 hours from the time of use and may remain detectable up to 48 hours after last use. Testing maybe suitable for post-accidents or "for cause testing" when trying to make the determination of whether an individual maybe under the influence.


Employee Awareness Training
One of the most common areas of non-compliance by employers in the workplace is failure comply with the Department of Transportation (DOT) training and education requirement for employees. Specifics can be found here: http://www.transportations.gov/odapc/employer on the document called "DOT Agency/USCG drug and alcohol program facts". You have a policy, but does it meet the criteria for DOT requirements? Does it spell out the key components for your workplace and drug and alcohol testing program. A helpful guide is "What Employees Need to Know about Drug and Alcohol Testing." Your training should address target discussion points:
· Who is subject to DOT testing?
· What is and what is not permissible- medications, and behaviors on the job as related to drugs and alcohol misuse in safety sensitive positions?
· What are the types of testing that can occur?
· When and how often are employees tested ?
· What happens when if employee test positive?
· Who are the service agents MRO,SAP and what are their roles?
· What types of employee assistance are available if problems occur?

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