ALCOHOL AND DRUG TESTING FOR CASINOS
The United States is one of the world’s largest gambling markets, and it caters to local and international patrons. The casino industry alone generates an annual revenue of $261 billion, according to the American Gaming Association, and it encompasses commercial and tribal casinos.
Casinos are usually housed in hotels, and many are open 24/7. It employs at least 360,000 workers with a mean income of $47,200.00.
The glitzy and vibrant casino environment is demanding, and owing to this, employees often put in long hours. And because they can very well afford certain diversions to cope with work-related stress, many of them take to using, misusing, and/or abusing substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs.
Impact of Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse in the Casino Industry
- Casinos suffer the adverse effects of substance use, misuse, and abuse in the workforce, such as:
- Lost opportunity due to employee tardiness or absenteeism
- Lost revenue due to an employee’s poor concentration, weak performance, even commission of theft
- Lost time and other resources due to the imposition of disciplinary actions
- Lost resources due to increased security when the gaming area is at risk of staff-caused aggression and violence
- Lost resources due to training new staff as a result of high employee turnover
Moreover, casinos are likely to turn into sources and trading places for regulated and prohibited substances when its workers are into alcohol and drugs.
Types of Tests That Are Appropriate for the Casino Industry
Accuracy is key in every successful alcohol and drug screen, and this is what casino administrators seek in screening kits for their employees. And because time is of the essence, the staff assigned to perform the tests want the process to be swift, seamless, and simple.
The three (3) types of alcohol and drug tests are:
- Hair Follicle Alcohol and Drug Test. This can tell whether or not the subject employee has taken alcohol or drugs within 90 days of the test.
- Urine Alcohol and Drug Test. This can prove that the subject employee has imbibed alcohol or taken an illicit drug within a few days of the test.
- Saliva Alcohol and Drug Test. This is not as invasive as the Urine Drug Test, and it does not require a private room for collecting the sample. It can tell if the subject employee has used alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, or amphetamine within three days of the test. It can also detect heroin, but only within a few hours of the latest usage.
What American Screening Provides the Casino Industry
American Screening understands that commercial and tribal casinos across the country may not always have a large budget for employee alcohol and drug tests. This is why we deliver affordable, high-quality screens direct from the manufacturer.
We understand as well that the staff who perform the screening do not have the luxury of time to learn the complexities of alcohol and drug testing, which is why we provide easy-to-use products with clear instructions. These give timely and accurate results.
To keep up with the times, we also offer screening kits for synthetic drugs like K2 (also known as “spice”) and fentanyl.
All our alcohol and drug testing products conform to SAMHSA and OHSA standards.
For more information on how American Screening LLC can collaborate on making your organization and community alcohol and drug-free zones, please call our toll-free number: (866) 526-2873 or write us via [email protected]
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