KC Above National Average for Positive Drug Tests

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A recent study shows that positive drug tests at the workplace have decreased across the country. But not in Kansas City.

Residents there are more likely than the rest of the country to test positive for a wide range of drugs, including marijuana, methamphetamines, cocaine and PCP.

Quest Diagnostics of New Jersey does more than eight million employee drug tests a year.

The company found that residents in the Kansas City area are 80% more likely to test positive for amphetamines than the national average, 60 percent more for marijuana and 30% more for cocaine.

Positive PCP tests jumped significantly between 2005 and 2007, with Kansas Citians being 10 times more likely to be found with the drug in their system than the rest of the country.


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