New employee drug tests can identify synthetic drugs
Sarah Buduson, newsnet5.com
12:50 PM, May 17, 2013
11:15 PM, May 17, 2013
CLEVELAND - It's another sign synthetic marijuana is surging in popularity. Employers can now drug test their workers to find out if they're using synthetic marijuana.
"There are new tests that have come about in just the last couple of years, both lab based and instant tests, that are now available for testing for these substances," said Karen Kitchen, the owner of USA Mobile Drug Testing of Cleveland.
Kitchen said synthetic marijuana use has quickly become epidemic in Ohio and the U.S. The drug was blamed for 11,406 emergency department visits in 2010, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network.
"It's becoming a greater, greater problem that I think we're only on the tip of the iceberg in terms of what is going on in this area," said Kitchen.
"You can get these products in so many places; on the internet, in head shops, in gas stations, really pretty much if you look around you can find them anywhere, which is pretty frightening," she said.