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  •  Some of the workplace testing is driven by (4+ / 0-)
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    insurance companies. If they can get a positive test result for an employee who was involved in an accident, they can use that to disallow claims for money.

    There is also a major irony behind the employment drug testing. The only drug that it is effective against is marijuana. All other drugs clear the system in a few days whereas marijuana metabolites remain detectable for weeks after last use. Meanwhile, and I'm not making this up, when it comes to accidents that cause people to end up in the emergency room, it's been found that people who smoked pot within the past 6 hours are 1/3 as likely to end up in the ER as people who are straight. Conversely, people who have had alcohol in the past 6 hours are 3 times as likely to end up there.

    There have also been studies which showed that workers who consume marijuana have a higher productivity level than those who do not, and also better attendance records. They also are somewhat under-compensated relative to their non-pot smoking peers. A study done of high tech companies found that those which do not do drug testing have higher productivity than those that do.

    So workplace safety isn't a valid reason for drug testing, neither is productivity. So why ARE they subjecting millions of Americans to these humiliating tests? I think part of it is just because they can. It is a way of putting us in our place.

    "You want to survive in this society? Here, let us observe you peeing in this cup, and then we'll analyze the contents to make sure you are living the kind of life that WE approve of. You can object, but we don't care if it causes you to starve. It's your own fault for being a degenerate druggie."

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 12:44:42 PM PST

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    •  Courtside seats (2+ / 0-)
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      I take drug tests at work and I lived to tell about it.

      Drug tests may or may not take find drugs but they are very efficient at generating courtside Utah Jazz tickets for corporate executives who send their employees to be drug tested.

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