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Frequently Asked Questions


What are the benefits of a drug free workplace program?

The list is nearly endless. For some it is legally required. For others, their worker’s comp insurer will give a discount. For everyone, it will decrease absenteeism, increase productivity, decrease workplace theft, and lead to less injuries. In short, it saves money for the company and health concerns for the employees.

How can my company get set-up to do drug testing with Task Force?

Complete the ‘Drug Testing Intake’ form & fax it to us at: 218-740-2778. From there, we’ll contact you to discuss your specific needs & get your lab accounts established. Call with questions: 218-740-0168.

How to I order a test, exam, or service?

Complete the Service Request Form and send it with your employee or call ahead. Appointments are needed for all services except drug and alcohol testing. 218-740-0168

Are appointments needed?

For drug and alcohol tests, no. However, calling ahead may decrease the wait even further. Appointments are needed for all other services.

Can Task Force do drug tests for individuals?

Yes, we can. Call with specific questions: 218-740-0168

What drugs are tested for?

Well, there are a number of options. The most common test is a 5-panel which tests for Opiates, PCP, Cocaine, THC (marijuana) and Amphetamines.

What if an employee refuses a drug or alcohol test?

Refusing an authorized drug test is a "Failure to Test." This has serious consequences – including possible termination. Removal from duty is required in a DOT regulated situation with referral to a Substance Abuse Professional at the employees cost. The employee cannot resume work for ANY regulated job until completing the program. In non-regulated industries, consequences are determined by the company’s drug policy.

What security measures are in place to make sure no-one tampers with my employee’s sample?

There are security measures at all stops & all are documented. The collection site is secure & donors must leave personal belongings outside the bathroom. Supplies are sealed. The sample is split & multiple sealed. Transportation is secure. The lab is secure & the donor’s ID is blind from the lab. All communications are confidential & secure.

What happens if a donor is caught trying to cheat the donation?

In DOT regulated cases, the donor will have to supply another sample under observed conditions. The observer is always of the same gender as the donor. In extreme cases, the donor might automatically fail the test.

In non-DOT cases, the employer will be contacted & the drug-testing policy of the company will determine the next step.

What if I have a medical use for marijuana – will that be acceptable in a DOT situation?

NO. The Federal government considers marijuana to be illegal. If you are federally regulated, your "medical use" will not matter. You will still be positive & will be removed from duty, referred to a substance abuse program, & possibly terminated.

What if someone near me was smoking marijuana – could I test positive from second-hand smoke?

No. There are minimal levels required before it is positive. Second-hand smoke will not provide an adequate dose to test positive.

Will my medication cause me to fail the test?

All non-negatives are reviewed by a Medical Review Officer. This doctor will call you & ask about your medications. If you have a legitimate prescription that is causing the non-negative, it will be ruled negative.

Can I be selected for a random test more than once per year?

Yes. Random means every employee in the selection pool has an equal chance of being selected every time.

Where are you located?

Our office is located in Duluth, MN at 1705 Maple Grove Rd. However, if we are managing your drug accounts, we have connections all over for drug testing collections. Just give us a call to chat: 218-740-0168.