A NON-NIDA is a drug screen that goes much more in depth with the drugs it tests for. Not only does NON-NIDA screen for the 5 panel drugs that NIDA tests for, but it goes beyond that. The NON-NIDA 7 panel will test specifically for cocaine, marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, phencyclidine, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines. The NON-NIDA 10 panel will test for all the drugs mentioned above, but in addition, it will test for methadone, propoxyphene, and methaqualone. The most common NON-NIDA test would be the 10 panel because it is more extensive. Depending on what job you are trying to apply for, you might be asked to take either NON-NIDA or NIDA drug screening. Remember, NIDA drug screen would be asked for safety regulated jobs such as a truck driver or bus driver. NON-NIDA may be required by any employer that decides to implement drug screening. Another interesting aspect of drug screens in today’s work environment is that in addition to getting pre-employment physicals, to ensure safety within the work environment, companies are asking employees to take drug screens after an injury. At first, I did not quite understand why they would ask for this, but drug screening after an injury is crucial. When an injury occurs, you want to know if the employee was in the right state of mind and free of any drug related substance that can cause injury to themselves and potentially others. Implementing drug screens after an injury is one of the many steps an employer can take to ensure safety in the workplace.
Here, at Valley Occupational Medical Center, we strive to provide these services to employers. Feel free to give us a call if you would like to set up drug screens for your business!