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Education Drug & Alcohol Testing Services

MECX Medical’s Educational Alcohol & Drug Testing Services

The long term effects of school children taking any form of drugs can translate into poor work performance in the classroom, unruly & disruptive behaviour, and even risk of injury. With long term drug use, then addiction may become a real probability.

Evidence shows that young people who use drugs long-term may damage their health and wellbeing. One primary concern being a link with mental health issues, such as depression, psychotic symptoms, anxiety, paranoia and suicide. Researchers have also recently found robust evidence to show that using canabis during adolescence can increase the risk of developing depression in adulthood by 37%

 

Why Test for Drugs & Alcohol

Prime Minister Tony Blair in 2004 announced his support for randomly drug testing pupils in UK schools: In a quote he said “we cannot force them to do it but if heads believe they have a problem in their schools then they should be able to use random drug testing”.

A school in Kent became the first state school to introduce random drug testing for pupils. However, it is still not a mandatory procedure in the UK, but due to growing numbers of young drug users headteachers are trying to slowly introduce Radom drug testing to tackle the growing issues they are experience in related to drug abuse.

In 2016 a survey of Smoking, Drinking & Drug Ue Among Young People In England reported that 24% of pupils aged between 11-15 years had indeed taken drugs. This is an increase of 9% when compared to 2014 results.

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Efficient D&A Screening

Headteachers are primarily responsible for the safety and well-being of their pupils, and this also includes being able to identify students who may have issues such as drug or alcohol abuse. As Headteacher they have a duty of care to provide their students with an environment that’s safe and conducive to learning.

The Department for Education and Skills has therefore provided guidance to schools which aims to ensure that pupils who show vulnerablity to drug misuse are identified quickly and receive immediate appropriate support.

As such, random drug testing is favourable as it can:

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Screening for Healthy Pupils

MECX Medical strongly recommends that secondary schools have a drug & alcohol policy in place.  Any D & A Policy that a school has in place should make it abundantly clear that any pupil bringing drugs into school, or attending school while under the influence of any drugs, is totally unacceptable. The school’s procedure on conducting random drug testing should also be clearly laid out in the policy. If needed MECX Medical can create a bespoke drug and alcohol testing program together with a policy for schools, academic institutions and businesses. For information on this please call one of our Medical Team on 020 8242 4397 who will be glad to help.

Why Chose MECX Medical?

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We Use The Latest Viva-ProE Technology

The Viva-ProE System utilities advanced instrumentation and intuitive integrated software to assist with mid-volume drug-testing optimise efficiencies, workflows and workspaces. With on-board waste and water storage and a touch screen driven operating system it has been precisely engineered and designed to perform at the highest levels of testing and drug analysis.

Fast 24hr Turnaround Service

At MECX Medial we offer the fastest laboratory confirmations with results issued within hours if required. What’s more we can provide immediate response drug and alcohol testing services post any incident investigations. Our team are also on hand to discuss your required needs for regular drug and alcohol screening programmes that you may wish to set up.

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Nationwide Collection Service

At MECX Medical we offer a nationwide collection service for Point of Care Testing and Laboratory Analysis. What’s more we have a superfast turn around of results for any drug and alcohol testing that we perform. All of which will leave you with peace of mind and being secure in the knowledge that your workforce is safe and compliant.

The MECX Medical Difference

Pre-Employment Testing Services

Our mission is to provide the highest standards of drug and alcohol testing whilst incorporating a holistic approach toward employees who are being tested and the outcome diagnosis of results.

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Periodic & Random Testing

We provide hands-on drug & alcohol screening & testing services at either your offices or indeed at your employees place of work.  Our fast turnaround service ensures that both you & your employees soon have peace of mind.

Industry Specific D&A Screening

We focus offering our drug & alcohol screening services into various industry sectors which include Rail, Construction, Avaiation, Transport, Security plus many other sectors, whilst ensuring absolute integrity.

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