SECON has experienced staff in all phases of substance abuse management and has
developed a full range of services under one roof that will address all of your
program needs. All services provided by the company will be in accordance with all
state and federal requirements governing drug and alcohol abuse.
Alcohol testing is an added tool for employers and companies to ensure that their
workforce is safe and alcohol-free. It is also required, under certain circumstances,
for regulated companies. These tests can be conducted either using Evidential Breath
Testing devices (EBT), or by screening only devices utilizing saliva. In both cases,
results are available within minutes, providing you the decision-making information
Substance abuse testing is a necessary and valuable tool for court based programs.
The object of testing is two-fold: Detection and Deterrence. The latter plays the
most important role in an effective program. However, while the technology has improved,
testing must still be conducted correctly.
The use of qualified laboratories and personnel is essential for providing fast,
accurate and defensible results. If you choose for SECON to perform the testing,
once the laboratory receives the samples, the appropriate personnel inspect the
sample containers for signs of tampering and match the information on the sample
container with the proper chain of custody. If the sample does not meet the established
criteria, it is recorded as unacceptable and is not processed.
Properly processed samples are then submitted for testing. The testing is conducted
in two phases: Screening and Confirmation. The screening test is used to detect
the presence of a drug or its metabolites. Any sample identified as suspect positive
on the initial screen can be confirmed automatically or on an "as requested" basis
by GC/MS. All positive samples will be retained for a number of days specified by
the drug court.
Substance abuse testing is a valuable tool for employers to reduce the effects of
substance abuse in the workplace. The objective of testing is twofold: Detection
and Deterrence. The later plays the most important role in an effective program.
While technology has improved, testing must be conducted correctly.
From a legal standpoint if your drug testing program is challenged, use of a certified
laboratory places your company in a much more legally defensible position. It shows
a strong commitment on the part of the employer to provide a sound program.
Testing for drugs of abuse is a two-step procedure of Screening and Confirmation.
The screening test is used to detect the presence of a drug or its metabolites.
All samples identified, as suspect positive on the initial screen will automatically
be confirmed using GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometry) procedure.
Education & Training
A key to both the deterrence and the detection of workplace substance abuse is the
development of a comprehensive company policy/program. The development of the policy
is the most important part of the overall program, the training programs attached
to this policy assist in communicating the contents and also, to inform the workforce
of the effects and consequences of controlled substance use on personal health,
safety, and the work environment. Education and Training of employees is key to
workplace substance abuse programs.
SECON has developed several training and education courses, which cover necessary
areas in substance abuse education, testing and program administration. All training
programs have instructor courses which allow for company representatives or local
hires to become proficient in the training material, class set-up, instruction,
testing and Q&A. Education and Training Courses:
Employee Drug Education
Supervisory Education (DOT)
Specimen Collection Certification
Breath Alcohol Training (BAT)
Evidential Breath Testing (EBT) devices
Confidentiality regarding employee drug and or alcohol test results is the employers'
responsibility. Turnaround time of results should not override this important issue
of confidentiality. SECON has designed several options of reporting which offer our client's fast,
accurate and secure methods of receiving drug test results.
SECON's Internet Program Management provides instant secure results retrievable
from anywhere in the world. Drugscreen.com creates a secure system for your drug
screening information that can be used to track past screens and produce several
useful management reports (Drug and Alcohol results, monthly, quarterly, & annual
Random selection is performed easily and securely by submitting your employee pool
to SECON via e-mail or file. SECON will generate the selections for that period,
in compliance with your company or federal requirement. When it is time to perform
the next selection service, you will be contacted by SECON to provide an updated
employee listing, and the process repeats.
Medical Review Officer
SECON has formed alliances with several certified MROs who combine professionalism with state-of-the-art
computer applications to deliver timely, quality results. MROs have a complete understanding of substance
abuse disorders, chain of custody, collection, laboratory analysis and client requirements. All MROs
are certified by The American Association of Medical Review Officers (AAMRO).
The Medical Review Officer (MRO) is a licensed physician knowledgeable in the medical use of prescription
drugs and the pharmacology and toxicology of illicit drugs. The MRO will review and interpret positive
test results and will examine any alternative medical explanations for the results. The MRO also reviews
the chain of custody documentation to ensure that the integrity of the specimen is maintained
throughout the entire process.
All collectors must undergo rigorous training and testing programs that ensure that collection
standards not only meet Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
requirements, but also far exceed them. Company officials have testified before congressional
committees, state and civil service hearings, and are recognized by the courts as experts
in sample collections.
SECON teams have provided collection services for a varied client base since 1982 and have
collected over 1,000,000 specimens during this period. Operating out of three facilities
in Lafayette, LA, New Orleans, LA, and Houma, LA, we are capable of providing
our this service worldwide.
The process of ensuring and providing documentation of proper specimen identification
and handling of the sample from collection to final results is the function of the
chain of custody. Many programs treat the chain of custody as an additional item.
With SECON it is guaranteed. Keep in mind that the sample collection process is
normally the first contact that employees will have with the drug testing process.
It is imperative that the collection be done with the utmost care, assuring the
privacy and dignity of the employee while providing the proper sample for the needs
of the employer.
SECON assures the proper collection procedures through several steps beginning with the development
of proper collection protocol. Adhering to all established guidelines is the minimum that
each collection site must follow during the collection process.
Once the sample has been collected, properly sealed and labeled, collection site
personnel will arrange to ship the samples to the drug testing laboratory. All shipping
supplies and air bills will be provided to each collection site.
There are three main elements of an effective written policy: a clearly stated objective or reason for why the
program is being implemented, a description of behaviors that are not permitted, and consequences for violations
of the policy. Employers should also ensure that every employee/applicant receives a copy of the policy,
and signs an acknowledgement to that effect.
SECON has the capacity to custom design a policy for your company, ensuring that
the policy meets all state and federal guidelines.
International Drug Screening
SECON , a long-time leading Administrator for company Substance Abuse Testing Programs, is pleased to now
offer its services to companies around the globe.
Through strategic partnerships with the world’s leading collection and laboratory providers, including the Alere
group of companies, SECON is now able to provide to its clients a true one source for all international drug
SECON Global Services
The one true International source of urine, hair, and oral fluid screening.