Drug-free workplace -Submitted by The Pen on Wed, 07/10/2013 - 14:19
I would like to put forth my view on pre-employment drug screening and the drug-free workplace. Whenever a business claims that they are drug-free it really invalidates their claim of being drug-free. When we are subjected to a drug screen, exactly what “drugs” are we being screened for? It is rather silly to say that your workplace is drug-free when over 70% of Americans are taking prescription medications, aka “drugs”. Just because they are prescribed doesn’t mean they are immune from being “drugs” of prescription. So what drugs are we really being screened for? Is someone taking Chantix or Cialis or Enbrel or Humira anymore drug –free than someone who occasionally smokes marijuana? No! Is someone operating a vehicle under the influence of these prescription “drugs” any less a hazard to those driving by them or behind them than someone under the influence of alcohol or marijuana? No! So what drugs are we being screened for?
Is this a question we can ask of potential future employers prior to the drug-screen? Or do you think these questions would bring attention that might warrant or void your application/resume altogether? When the place you work for states that they are a drug-free workplace, what they really mean is that their employees where administered the drug-screen and passed, but as for their being drug-free now we really cannot attest to the validity of such a statement, ESPECIALLY when the drug-screen they passed is narrowed to select “illegal” substances as opposed to those substances far more dangerous and abused by statistical data. Get real! Drug-free workplace? Impossible in an age where drugs are on constant televised rotation and pushed by modern medicine as the path we should all accept as viable.
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