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Should employers be allowed to screen employees for drugs randomly Abstract Among employers there is growing awareness of yet another factor with regard their employees health that they have to take into account The apparent prevalence of illegal drug use at work has in the United States led private companies to ask workers to submit to drug tests either as a requirement for getting the job or on a random basis There are two main sides to this issue that will be explored First the companys responsibility for employee and workplace safety with regard to employee drug use Second is the employees right to privacy Some would argue that indiscriminate testing of employees for drug use is an intrusive and degrading process that undermines fairness and privacy in the workplace Is drug testing a growth industry Do the employees fourth amendment rights exceed the companys responsibility to provide a safe environment In addition we will investigate the effectiveness of random drug testing as well as the possible drawbacks We as business managers and leaders must discover the truth of issues such as this in order to make informed and appropriate decisions These choices will affect employees families customers and society in many ways Thus we cannot afford to ignore the question Should employers be allowed to screen employees for drugs randomly Introduction In the United States today as well as in many other countries around the world drug use and abuse has become a serious problem Government and private employers want work places to remain free of all drugs These measures have included the use of mandatory drug testing and counseling for those found to be using drugs Statistics indicate that about 70 of illegal drug users are employed These same individuals are at risk for on-the-job accidents increased absenteeism high usage of medical care and emergency room services as well as being
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