WORKCare Clinic Tacoma

Drug and Alcohol Testing

comprehensive testing services

Do you need a DOT drug test or a drug test for a private employer?

WORKCare Clinic Tacoma offers you the fastest, most comprehensive testing facilities in Tacoma and Pierce County.



Quick, convenient Federal, State and employer drug testing services.

Whether you’ve been instructed to submit to a DOT drug test or a drug test for a private employer, WORKCare Tacoma offers a full range of drug testing services to meet the needs of private and public employees and employers in Pierce County. 

From standard 5- and 10- panel drug tests to more complex blood, nail and hair testing, WORKCare Clinic Tacoma performs collection, analysis and reporting, and offers same-day results on select testing methods so you can get back to work as quickly as possible.

Avoid the hassles and long lines at urgent care clinics and schedule an appointment with WORKCare Clinic Tacoma today. We guarantee accuracy, privacy and confidentiality.

So why is everyone drug testing these days?

Here's the real scoop ...

Drug and alcohol impairment and abuse contribute to a drastic increase in operating costs and workplace injuries for employers — whether that abuse occurs on or off the job. And we’re not talking just illegal drugs: Prescription medication abuse has exploded in recent years and estimates suggest between 20-30% of people prescribed opiods abuse them, and nearly 70% of people with admitted substance abuse problems currently hold a job.

And this costs employers a lot of money. A LOT of money.

Estimates on the low end suggest drug and alcohol abuse may cost employers nearly $25 billion in absenteeism, $25 billion in lost productivity, and $25 billion in healthcare costs every single year. Where do these losses originate?

So proper drug and alcohol testing not only protects the employer, but it also protects healthy and productive employees from the costly and pervasive problems and accidents caused by impaired or intoxicated employees. In the end, drug testing all job applicants actually protects you, your family, and your ongoing ability to provide for yourself and the ones you love. Some studies have even shown that even by just requiring a drug test in the first place, some 40% of admitted drug and alcohol abusers will look elsewhere for a job.

Drug and alcohol testing isn’t about invading your privacy or controlling you — it’s about protecting everyone involved in a happy, healthy workplace.

DOT Drug Testing

DOT drug tests follow a very stringent set of testing guidelines governed by the Department of Transportation. DOT drug testing procedures are designed to protect federal employees, federal contractors and the general public from “safety sensitive” occupations where an employee under the influence of drugs or alcohol would present a very significant and immediate risk to the health and safety of other employees and members of the general public.

Occupations that require DOT testing:

Reasons employers may legally require a test:

Your DOT test will require you to provide us with a urine specimen on site for a standard 5 panel drug test. A certified Medical Review Officer with the WORKCare team can conduct a DOT alcohol test in-house, while the DOT requires us to submit your urine samples to a qualified SAMSHA lab for analysis. 

Your DOT standard 5 panel drug test will search for the following substances:

5 Panel Drug Test





Phencyclidine (PCP)

DOT Testing and Legalized Marijuana

While laws decriminalizing medical and recreational marijuana use continue to proliferate across the United States, marijuana remains on the list of Schedule 1 illegal substances at the federal level. The Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation 49 CFR Part 40 allows no exceptions for a positive marijuana test.

Despite the legal status of marijuana in Washington State, a positive test for marijuana will immediately disqualify you from pursuing any ‘safety sensitive’ employment opportunities subject to the Department of Transportation drug testing regulations.

In addition, Medical Review Officers are strictly forbidden from considering physician-prescribed medical marijuana in their analysis of DOT drug testing results.  A positive test for marijuana under any circumstance will result in a failed test.

Individuals should also use extreme caution when considering the use of CBD oils, lotions or other ingestible products, as CBD detection may also trigger a positive test result.

* In 2018 the Department of Transportation updated the Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation 49 CFR Part 40 by replacing ‘opiates’ with ‘opiods’. The change reflects an inclusion of a number of increasingly common synthetic opiates, including hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorhone and oxymorphone.

For a deeper understanding of the detailed requirements and processes behind the DOT drug testing program, you can visit the DOT’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation 49 CFR Part 40 (commonly referred to as ‘Part 40’) page online.

Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulation 49 CFR Part 40

You may also visit the online home of the DOT’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance, which provides official interpretations of how DOT tests are to be conducted, including evaluation, treatment and return to work procedures.

Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy and Compliance

With a Certified Medical Review Officer on staff, WORKCare Clinic Tacoma offers extensive DOT compliant testing knowledge and experience to walk you through every step of the DOT drug testing process. From urine specimen collection and breathalyzer testing to ORAL Fluid testing, WORKCare Clinic Tacoma strives to deliver the fastest, hassle-free DOT testing experience in Puget Sound to get you back to work as quickly as possible.

Call us today and we’ll help you get the process started!


Private Employer Drug Testing

If you’ve been asked to submit to a drug test by a current or potential employer, one of your first questions might be: Wait a minute, are they allowed to do that?

The answer? Yes they are. Most of the time.

Federal law places very few restrictions on private employers drug testing their employees. Washington State follows federal law very closely, and places absolutely no restrictions on drug testing job applicants: If you want to work for a company that requires a drug test, you’re going to have to take it.

Furthermore, despite the status of legal marijuana in Washington State, in 2020 the State voted down protections for job applicants who test positive for marijuana. So even though Washington State allows legalized marijuana, a company may still refuse to hire you based upon your marijuana use even if it’s prescribed by a physician.

Generally (not legally) speaking, the following guidelines are true in Washington State:

Random drug tests are allowed if:

Drug tests are always allowed if:

In most cases, when you arrive at WORKCare Tacoma we will ask you to submit a urine specimen for a panel test. WORKCare will then collect your urine sample for application to the particular test requested by your employer. A standard drug panel test is the 5 panel test, but more complex tests may screen for 7, 8 or even 10+ substances.

Below you can find the most common substances these drug panels will detect:

5 Panel Drug Test





Phencyclidine (PCP)

10 Panel Drug Test

5 panel +






With a Certified Medical Review Officer on staff, WORKCare Clinic Tacoma can provide your employer with same day results on breath and urine tests unless a urine test comes back positive or inconclusive.  In that case, your employer elects whether or not we send the specimen off to a SAMSHA qualified lab for further testing.

For more complex testing requirements, WORKCare Clinic Tacoma also offers blood, hair and nail testing, which can detect drug usage over a significantly longer time frame.

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, please feel free to call WORKCare Clinic Tacoma today with any additonal questions you may have about the scope or process of drug testing. We guarantee accuracy, privacy and confidentiality, and strive to deliver the fastest hassle-free drug testing in Pierce County.

Call today! 253-922-9570