Drug Testing

November 20, 1998 • Volume 8, Issue 43
Does it deter drug abuse?
By Kathy Koch

Introduction

Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati lost his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana, but it was reinstated after he claimed secondhand smoke caused a false-positive test reading. (Photo Credit: Associated Press)
Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati lost his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana, but it was reinstated after he claimed secondhand smoke caused a false-positive test reading. (Photo Credit: Associated Press)

Drug testing has become a major weapon in the war on drugs. Nearly three-quarters of America's biggest companies require job applicants to undergo urinalysis — up from only 21 percent a decade ago. Proponents say drug testing protects public safety and deters drug use, but opponents say neither can be proved. Until recently, most companies only tested job applicants and public-safety employees. But now employers randomly test all employees. Some state and local governments require random testing of public employees, high school students participating in after-school activities, prisoners and welfare and student-loan recipients. Many employee groups and civil libertarians see such expanded drug testing as a dangerous erosion of Americans’ constitutional right to privacy.

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