Trey Parrish is from Mobile24Labs, a company that offers 3rd party testing for drugs, alcohol, DNA and pathology. Mobile 24 Labs works with law enforcement, the judiciary and employers to test people for drugs and alcohol, as well as helping individuals and medical professionals to do DNA and medical testing.
Trey, how did you get into testing as a career?
I started out overseeing specimen collections with the United States Army, later I studied forensics at the University of Maryland, Louisiana State University and Jacksonville State University. A military and college fraternity brother led me to Mobile 24 Labs. Our collaborative experience in the military, led us to develop a proprietary process that allows us to process collections in what I feel is the most efficient and fastest manner available in the civilian marketplace. A donor with no issues such as an adulterated specimen, or a shy bladder can be processed through our facility in under 15 minutes. That is 15 minutes from the time they sign in until the time they walk out the door. Some of my competitors have wait times of well over an hour before your even seen. That was a problem we sought to correct when we went into business privately.
What types of employers do you do drug and alcohol screening for?
Well I’d like to preface by saying we don’t only serve employers. Mobile 24 Labs is here for concerned parents and family members. Individuals who feel they have been exposed to date rape drugs. Concerned Home buyers who want to know if their property was used as a meth lab. People in recovery who want to know if substances are finally out of their system, or as part of their recovery program. Individuals who have to take test as part of a pain management regime, and people who have been court ordered to regularly undergo a screening.
Of course, we service the industries that are mandated by the Department of Transportation to undergo D.O.T. drug testing. However, substance abuse is not limited to any class, religion, race, creed, gender, or economic status, and screening is not limited to any industry. 70% of all drug and alcohol abusers are gainfully employed. Their drug or drinking problems, according to the U.S. government translate into an $80 billion annual loss to the economy. The U.S. Department of Labor says that these addicts on average co