Will poppy seeds really show up on a drug test?

Employee screening firm JDP recently analyzed 12 months of Google search trends data related to 150 of America’s biggest employers. A common search: “Does my company drug test?”

Drug testing for pre-employment, and even same-day random drug testing during employment, is common across industries. Penny McNerney, vice president of human resources for Atrium, a talent management firm in Kips Bay, points out that there’s a sound reason for the process. “It is the goal of any company to provide its employees with a safe and healthy workplace environment,” she says. “Employees who abuse illegal drugs may cause safety issues for themselves and co-workers.”

This practice does not come cheap. One large transportation company spent approximately $1.9 million last year on drug testing, according to Dr. Todd Simo, chief medical officer and vice president of business development at HireRight, a background-screening services company.

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