Drug testing has become a very big issue for many companies. Approximately eighty-one percent of companies in the United States administer drug testing to their employees. Of these, seventy-seven percent of companies test employees prior to employment. Even with the commonality of drug testing, it is still a practice that is generally limited to larger corporations which have the financial stability, as well as the human resources to effectively carry out a drug testing program. In the United States, it is suggested that as many as 70 percent of drug users are employed. Now this is a huge chunk, but as a result of drug testing, these big corporations have a significantly lower percentage of the employed drug users on their
Inmate Brandon, please be aware that MCSO has a policy in place regarding drug testing of inmates. MCSO Policy DJ-6 INMATE DRUG TESTING states “It is the Policy of the Office to require all inmates to submit to random and reasonable suspicion drug testing in an attempt to deter illegal drug activities within the jail system.” Only inmates who have been in MCSO custody over 30 days will be subject to random drug testing to allow any residual illegal drugs in there system at the time of arrest to exit the body. You were booked into MCSO custody on 02/06/17 which is well over the 30 days required by policy.
How many people have had an interview for a job, received a call that they were hired, and then heard their future employer say that they will have to do a drug test before they can start this new job? “Although many people think that illegal drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other street drugs became a problem for youth in the 1960’s the truth of the matter is that there has always been a drug problem in the United States when it comes to substance abuse”(testcountry.org). This past summer I had an interview at Russel Stover Candies, when they called to tell me that the position was mine, they then informed me that I would have to pass a drug test before I could officially have the job. Although some jobs and people believe that drug testing in the workplace should take place, many people do not believe in drug testing. Opponents of WDT (Workplace drug testing) argue that the process of drug testing amounts to an unwarranted invasion of a person’s private life and their body. Some people believe that the statement “free consent” is impossible to obtain. Drug testing did not come into play in the United States until the late 1980’s as a part of the Reagan administration. Before that, there was no standard way for jobs, schools, and even sports to drug test employees, students, or athletes. People that had jobs working with heavy machinery or people that worked in the Department of Transportation were mainly the ones getting drug tested. The issues with drug
The National Drug Control Policy was created by Obamas Administration and focuses on areas such as substance abuse, drugged driving, and prevention. Other areas it focuses on are healthcare, marijuana, and methamphetamine. There are good policies recommendations such as preventing drug use before it begins, allow treatment for millions of Americans, and take a smart on crime approach drug enforcement. The policy does have some issues such as using words like addict to push people away from wanting to receive help because they do not want that label. Another issue is incarceration people for drug use, even though the policy recommendation is to help these Americans receive services instead of jail time. The National Drug Control Policy seems
In regard to random drug testing in the workplace, employees have several rights that can be exercised, yet most are probably not aware of them. There are laws in place that provide employees with the right to privacy, however those laws differ in the public sector when compared to the private sector. Amendment IV of the United States Constitution reads "The right of the people to be secure in their persons , houses, papers , and effects, against
The issue of drug testing in the workplace has sparked an ongoing debate among management. There are many who feel that it is essential to prevent risks to the greater public caused by substance abuse while on the job. However, others believe that the costs far outweigh the benefits and that it is an invasion of privacy. Putting all ethical issues aside, evidence presented in this paper supports the latter. The costs of drug testing are excessive and only a small percentage of employees are actually found to be substance users. Drug testing in the work place has a negative effect on productivity; contrary to what was originally intended. It actually decreases productivity instead of improving it. Drug testing causes a feeling
Throughout recent years, applicant drug testing has become one of the most prevalently used strategies by many organizations to control substance abuse in the workplace. Drug testing is a selection tool used by organizations to determine whether or not an individual has previously used drugs and/or alcohol. Most employers find that drug testing, if done correctly, is a worthwhile investment associated with increased workplace safety, lower absenteeism, fewer on-the-job accidents, improved productivity, lower theft rates, and less medical and workers' compensation expenses (Grondin 142). By identifying and screening out substance abusers, organizations believe that they are also screening out those
In many years, companies adopted many programs to monitor substance abuse in the workplace. The implementation of drug testing by companies grew in recent years. American workers have seen a dramatic increase in the use of drug testing in the previous years. Drug testing is implemented to assure safe workplaces for American workers. Drug testing can reduce the company’s health care and insurance costs. Even though drug testing has become common in the workplace, there is little research that exists regarding this matter. Overall, drug testing affects the decisions of workers by adopting a “zero tolerance” policy. Experienced users try to beat these tests by using drug to cancel the tracking of the drug itself. These workers attempt to avoid the detection of drug use for long periods (Borack, 1995).
In order to keep organization ethical as it relates to drug testing, the U.S. Supreme Court has approved four methods for drug testing. The organization can request a blood, breath, hair, or urine tests. These tests will not harm the job candidate or employee. The company will send the job candidate or employee to an off-site medical
In 1986, the Reagan Administration, implemented the use of drug testing. Since then it has been used in businesses among the United States. In 1995, the state of Oregon was seeing an increase in students using drugs. They fought this by putting drug tests into place for extracurricular activities such as football. In the supreme court case Veronica v. Acton, the court sided with Veronica, the town, and said that drug testing didn't violate the 4th Amendment. A drug test is a biological test which means that it is given either through urine, breath, saliva, blood, sweat. Their purpose is to find out if you have any drugs in your system that aren't supposed to be there. A urine test is very quick, and just tests your urine to see if there
For my final paper I have decided to choose the topic on the very controversial issue of drug testing for current and prospective employees in the workplace. In the textbook we reviewed the opposing opinions of authors Joseph Desjardins and his co-author Ronald Duska and Michael Cranford. The main issue between these writers is whether drug testing invades an individual’s privacy and in what circumstances should drug testing be permissible. I will first review both Desjardins and Cranford’s views on the issue then offer my evaluation.
Drug abuse has always been a very delicate question as it always it deals with the health, well-being and even lives of human beings belonging to any country. Many people have argued that mandatory drug testing is a violation of their civil rights guaranteed by the Constitution. The Fourth Amendment grants you the right against unreasonable searches and seizures, otherwise known as a person's right to privacy. However, employers have the right to know whether or not the people working under them are stable to do their jobs. Indeed, for safety of all the humans randomly drug testing is the best way to maintain the quality of the employees.