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Local Drug Testing Company Says "Meth" Use on the Decline

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By Mary Simms

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Hawaii is unfortunately known to many as a crystal meth, or "ice" capital. But one local drug testing company says the use of crystal methamphetamine is on the decline.

Diagnostic laboratory services is a local company that handles work-related drug testing for more than 700 Hawaii businesses.

Since 2004, they've tracked and released statistics on their drug testing. And, in that time, they say meth use has gone down nearly 50 percent.

At diagnostic laboratory services they test cholesterol.

But, they also test for crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, and marijuana.

"Substance abuse has a a harmful affect on individuals and the workplace," said scientific director Carl Linden.

Linden says methamphetamine use among employees they test is down 25 percent this quarter -- compared to this same time last year.

"We're hoping that it's a trend that's going continue."

Until 2004, DLS didn't track or release their findings.

"The reason is we felt there wasn't a large enough cross section of different company's employees."

Linden says drug testing used to be relegated mainly within safety sensitive industries, like professional drivers, military, or police.

"Over the years drug testing has become the norm for the workplace with almost every company represented."

Although it's not a controlled study of the entire population, DLS feels their findings represents a trend because of all the industries they represent. And, although meth use is on the decline, Linden says workplace drug use of opiates and marijuana is becoming more popular.

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