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Avitar's On-Site Oral-Based Screen for Employee Drug Testing Chosen by Jiffy Lube Franchise
Ease-of-Use, Ability to Attract and Retain Higher Quality Employees, and Lower Workers Compensation Claims Seen as Benefits
March 23, 2005
CANTON, Mass., March 23-- Bolstering its position as the leading supplier of on-site oral screens for drugs of abuse, Avitar, Inc. (Amex: AVR - News) today announced that South Lubes, Inc., one of the nation's largest Jiffy Lube franchises, is using Avitar's technology for employee drug screening company wide. South Lubes operates more than 60 outlets in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. "Having a customer-oriented service organization like South Lubes using our ORALscreenŽ product company-wide is another validation point of the growing acceptance of oral fluid testing," Peter Phildius, chairman and CEO of Avitar Inc. stated. "ORALscreen on-site tests facilitate random, post- accident, and other more effective forms of testing -- key benefits to employers."
"Prior to switching Avitar, we used urine testing on a limited basis," said Jim Orsi, Director of Operations for South Lubes Inc. "The practice just didn't work well for us. Our managers were uncomfortable with urine testing. As a result, testing was done only at the management level. By switching to Avitar's products, we can test all employees on-site, any time, and we have the support of all of our franchise managers."
South Lubes performs pre-employment, random, post-accident, and reasonable suspicion testing on all employees. "We know that random drug testing provides a great deterrent to drug abuse on the job and as a result, reduces on the job accidents, which helps lower our workers compensations costs. Since implementing Avitar's ORALscreen product, we have observed an improvement in our work environment as reflected by better employee moral and higher employee retention. Furthermore, we have noticed that we are attracting higher quality employees as drug users seek out other organizations that are not proactively addressing this problem," continued Orsi.
"Our experience with Avitar has been excellent and we have a great working relationship. Avitar representatives trained* our regional managers and we have had excellent results since we implemented their product," concluded Orsi.
*Avitar offers on-site training to help companies transition from traditional lab-based urine testing to on-site oral fluid testing.