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NCJ Number: 169248 Find in a Library
Title: Workplace Drug Testing Is Ineffective and Unfair; Random Drug Tests Do Not Ensure a Drug-Free Workplace (From Illegal Drugs, P 62-70, 1998, Charles P. Cozic, ed. - See NCJ-169238)
Corporate Author: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
United States of America

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
New York, NY 10004
Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Washington, DC 20037
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These two chapters present arguments against drug testing.
Abstract: Random workplace drug tests are often inaccurate, do not prevent drug use and violate workers' right to privacy. Millions of American workers are tested yearly, even though they are not suspected of drug use. Such tests are unable to measure workers' on-the-job performance and can fail to distinguish between legal and illegal substances. Drug tests do not prevent accidents because they do not address the root problems that lead to substance abuse. Hair tests and urinalysis are inaccurate and produce thousands of "false positive" tests each year. Hundreds of thousands of American citizens are having their livelihoods jeopardized by a test that is of dubious accuracy at best. In addition, lower courts have struck down as unconstitutional the random testing of police officers, teachers and firefighters. Because drug tests detect workers' past drug use instead of impaired performance, such tests do not ensure a safe or drug-free workplace and encourage a false sense of security in employers and supervisors.
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug abuse education; Drug Policy; Drug testing; Employee drug testing; Employer-employee relations; Hair and fiber analysis; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse; Substance abuse in the workplace; Urinalysis
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