A story published in Gawker today talked about a very unique idea that many people won’t take too well. They suggest that companies actually cease from testing their employees for drugs. This falls on the heels of a report in the New York Times that mentioned that companies aren’t finding people who can pass drug tests!
Why Companies Should Stop Testing for Drugs
The Gawker article leads off by stating that we are perfectly fine in not testing for alcohol, which nobody does, based on the fact that we are adults and have a right to drink if we wish, and more so that a few beers or cocktails at night won’t be in our system – or effect us – the following day.
The article continues to state that since the Reagan Administration, every company with Federal contracts had to test for drugs. Along the same lines, employees at the US Department of Transportation who have any “safety sensitive” roles must adhere to the same.
With marijuana being legal in certain States, the laws are getting tricky. There are many people, as Gawker suggests, who can “go for the occasional toke” and be perfectly capable in the work place. Adding that workers who operate machinery or the such need to be tested was a wise addition to their article, I must say so myself. People operating motor vehicles or any machinery should be near anything that can alter their mind and in turn put people in harm’s way.
In Colorado, “high driving” is a huge challenge. How does this get tested for? Cops are baffled right now.
What do you guys think about this? Should we lax drug testing in the work place? Or keep it the way it is? Curious to hear your opinions.