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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Cocaine use appears to be rising in the islands, according to new workplace drug testing statistics.

Some .4 percent of workplace drug tests processed by Diagnostic Laboratory Services came back positive for cocaine in the fourth quarter of 2015. That’s up from .2 percent during the same period in 2014.

Diagnostic Laboratory’s quarterly sample includes from 7,000 to 10,000 drug tests.

Still, Diagnostic Lab officials were quick to point out that methamphetamine remains the drug of choice, even though its use appears to be on the decline.

Some .7 percent of tests came back positive for meth in 2015, a decline from the previous year, but still higher than the national average.

The number of people who tested positive for opiates and marijuana also dropped slightly in 2015.

Overall, Diagnostic Laboratory officials said, drug use in the workplace was flat in 2015, when compared with the year before.

 “The increase in cocaine abuse is significant even though the usage is low in comparison to most of the other drugs,” said Carl Linden, scientific director of toxicology at Diagnostic Laboratory Services. 

One of the biggest problems Diagnostic Laboratory has to tackle? The use of fake urine.

Some .8 percent of drug tests came back positive for synthetic urine, the new data shows. That’s slightly lower than last year – when it hit 1 percent – but still higher than previous years.

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