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Drug Testing in the Workplace When the question of drug testing in the workplace arises many problems tend to come along with it For employers the solution is simple drug tests are mandatory for employment When it comes to employees however the response might be more along the lines of Its none of your business or Thats a violation of my rights Yet on both sides there will always be a set of pros and cons Lets take a look at the employers argument first It is their company and if they are going to pay someone to work for them they are going to want the most efficient and productive person for the money they are going to spend Of course an employer is not going to want to hire an addict who is late to work constantly is unproductive and takes more sick days than anyone in the company Employers will definitely see this as a loss of time and more importantly money Especially when they are paying for health insurance Statistics show that American businesses lose billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and health care costs as a result of drug use since 75 percent of drug users in the United States are employed That reason alone should be convincing enough for employers to implement drug testing for employment However with this comes the possibility of lawsuits by employees if fired for this cause Employers are required to offer rehabilitation programs before firing the employee Drug and alcohol use has also been the direct result of an increase in on the job accidents It can compromise the safety of other employees especially when the occupation is somewhat dangerous The perfect example is a police officer An officer must not be impaired in any way while on the job If there is any impairment it puts civilians and fellow officers at risk I dont believe that one would want
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