Allana Akhtar, provided by Published 9:31 am PDT, Thursday, April 18, 2019 iStock As more states move to legalize marijuana, employers are starting to rethink pre-employment screenings for drugs. Urine tests, the most common among employers, do little to prove whether an employee is a habitual marijuana user — and links between positive drug tests and employee performance are weak. Some experts believe testing for marijuana intoxication should stay in place, particularly in industries that operate heavy machinery, though they agree the type of testing must evolve. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. With the increased legalization of marijuana, many businesses and politicians are reconsidering workplace drug testing. Though drug testing likely won't disappear forever, experts predict the scope of testing will decrease — and they say the type of testing should change. Earlier this month, a report by clinical laboratory Quest Diagnostics found the … [Read more...] about US workers are failing drug tests at an incredible rate — but legal weed has the future of these screenings in doubt
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opinion Sagiv Galai Published 10:51 PM EDT Mar 14, 2019 Three years ago, Dasha Fincher was arrested in Monroe County, Georgia, after deputies performed an on-the-spot test of a bag containing a blue substance they found in the car in which she was a passenger. The suspicious stuff tested positive for methamphetamines. After her arrest, the judge in her case set bail at $1 million because she was perceived as a drug trafficker. There was just one problem. The roadside drug-test was wrong. The blue substance wasn’t meth — it was cotton candy. Fincher would spend three months in jail because of the faulty test. Fincher’s story of cotton-candy-gone-meth isn’t an aberration. The prevalence of false-positive results associated with roadside drug tests is terrifyingly common. ProPublica warned that “a minimum of 100,000 people nationwide plead guilty to drug charges that rely on field-test results as evidence,” and … [Read more...] about Opinion: Put an end to bad roadside drug tests
Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid has claimed that he’s been drug tested far too frequently for the tests to be “random,” and, hinted that he believes the frequent testing is punishment over his anthem protests. However, in a recently released joint statement, both the NFL and the players union have said that they are satisfied that there was no impropriety in the number of tests Reid has been given, Pro Football Talk reported.Reid had complained all year about the drug testing. Some reports claimed that Reid had been assigned at least seven drug tests this season, by the purportedly “random” testing system the league uses to check drug compliance. The NFL’s drug test system is supposed to be set up of random testing of players chosen by a computer program to ensure it is truly random. The 2013 Pro-Bowl player never said it outright, but he heavily implied that the repeated drug tests were unfair. The former San Francisco 49er hinted that he … [Read more...] about Report: Anthem Protester Eric Reid Overstated Number of Times He Was Drug Tested
Jena McGregor, The Washington Post Published 7:25 pm PST, Friday, December 21, 2018 Some 5.3 percent of tests given to retail trade workers, and 4.7 percent of those given to health care and social assistance workers came back positive, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics. Some 5.3 percent of tests given to retail trade workers, and 4.7 percent of those given to health care and social assistance workers came back positive, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics. Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, STF / Associated Press Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko, STF / Associated Press Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 Some 5.3 percent of tests given to retail trade workers, and 4.7 percent of those given to health care and social assistance workers came back … [Read more...] about Why drug testing at work ‘is the new don’t ask, don’t tell’
The answer to that question is complicated. Read on to find out how to protect yourself or your company. Midge Seltzer Published 12:15 pm PDT, Monday, October 15, 2018 Photo: Jupiterimages | Getty Images Photo: Jupiterimages | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Jupiterimages | Getty Images Is Drug Testing Employees Required in Legal States? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery If your company drug tests employees, now is a good time to evaluate how the expanding legalized use of marijuana will impact your policies and your business. More employees will inevitably test positive for marijuana. By taking time to evaluate the consequences of this, you and your HR team will have strategies in place and be … [Read more...] about Is Drug Testing Employees Required in Legal States?