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Random Drug Screening

Written by Sierra Rein
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There is a strong debate going on today about the pros and cons of random drug screening. For certain business types, the random pattern may cost too much money and time to be totally worth performing. However, for certain jobs the practice can be an effective and necessary part of business.

For example, when the State of Ohio began random drug testing in work areas, absentee rates dropped an amazing 91% and "on the job" injuries decreased by 97%. A recent British poll suggested that up to 10% of all medical personnel, doctors, and nurses may have drug abuse problems (these include illicit drugs such as cocaine, crack and heroin in addition to alcohol). This is equal to 10,000 doctors high or going through withdrawal while treating an average of 20,000 clients every day, a somewhat disconcerting notion for anyone!

Random Drug Screening Saves Lives

The truth is, if you are too drunk or high to drive to work safely, you are unreliable to do most anything. Of course, no one is directly hurt if a memo is not typed correctly; however, people can be killed if an intoxicated worker slips up on many dangerous jobs. These include jobs in taxi driving, school bus driving, cement mixing, policing and traffic controlling, medicine, train conducting, and construction.

The point of random drug screening is to prevent mistakes and not to wait until something horrible happens to learn the truth of an abusive drug problem. Random drug testing at work is meant to discourage abuse and to help those who are under the influence to come clean for their own sake as well as for the safety of others. Many programs for drug testing should come with educational materials, so that a fully comprehensive discussion about drugs and their effect on the workplace can take place.

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