For the second year in a row, 4.2 percent of American workers tested positive for drugs in a study by a leading diagnostics company, the results of which were released last week.
Quest Diagnostics drug-tested more than 10 million workers in 2017. The 4.2 percent of workers who tested positive for drugs mark a sharp increase from 3.5 percent in 2012, a number that at the time was a 30-year low.
Back in 1988, when Quest first started publishing its urine testing results, 13.6 percent of the country tested positive for drugs.
The 2017 results showed that positive tests for cocaine and amphetamines increased overall but surged in certain areas. In the South, methamphetamine positivity increased 140 percent in the “South Atlantic division” (Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) and 160 percent in the “East South Central division”(Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee).
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Positive tests for marijuana were higher in states that just approved recreational use, like Nevada, Massachusetts and California.
Meanwhile, positive tests for prescription opiates are on a downturn at a national level.
The biggest drugs for Texas? Marijuana, amphetamines, opiates, cocaine, PCP and 6-AM (heroin