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Syringes, pills and prescription bottles Among the general workforce screening for opiates, positivity declined nearly 21 percent from a year earlier, the largest drop in three years and a nearly 37 percent decrease since the peak in 2015. (Photo: Shutterstock)

While the number of workers testing positive for use of opiates, heroin and cocaine has declined, positive tests for marijuana use are on the upswing—even for those in “safety-sensitive” occupations such as truck drivers and construction workers.

Katie Kuehner-Hebert


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