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Written By Digital Content Editor Thomas Ahearn

The percentage of employees in the United States workforce testing positive for marijuana following an on-the-job accident increased to its highest level in 25 years in 2022, according to new analysis from Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, a news release from Quest Diagnostics stated.

In 2022, the analysis found that post-accident marijuana positivity of urine drug tests in the general U.S. workforce was 7.3 percent, an increase of 9 percent compared to 6.7 percent in 2021. Post-accident marijuana drug test positivity has increased by 204.2 percent in the 10-year time frame from 2012 to 2022.

These increases in post-accident marijuana positivity correspond with the legalization of marijuana in certain states. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Since then, 19 additional states and the District of Columbia have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

In the general U.S. workforce, the analysis marijuana positivity increased 10.3 percent year over year (3.9 percent in 2021 to 4.3 percent in 2022). Marijuana positivity increased 11.8 percent year over year in states where recreational marijuana is legal and 8.3 percent year over year in states where medical marijuana is legal.

The new findings – which are from the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ (DTI) reports – will be presented by Quest Diagnostics at the 2023 National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) Annual Conference & Trade Show taking place from May 23, 2023, to May 25, 2023, in Bellevue, Washington.

ClearStar – a leading workforce drug testing provider – will exhibit in Booth 114 at the 2023 NDASA Conference. ClearStar will be represented by Todd Shoulberg, President of Medical Information Services, who leads ClearStar’s Medical Review Office (MRO), and Allison Crump, MRO Manager of Medical Information Services.

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