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cons of drug testing - 1 Drug testing in the workplace is a...

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1 Drug testing in the workplace is a controversial issue to say the least; although, an argument can be made for the positive results that are achieved by testing for the presence of illegal drugs, there is a downside to workplace drug testing. Like many issues of controversy, there are two sides to drug testing that make very strong arguments either in favor of, or against testing for illegal drugs in an employee’s (potential or present) system. There are many strong arguments against a company having a drug testing program of its employees. The first problem with workplace drug testing is that all too often, employers rely on the testing procedures being highly efficient, when in reality there is a lot of room for errors in drug testing procedures. According to Rothstein, the accuracy of drug testing can be affected by many different factors, including: “alteration of the specimen, by substation, dilution, or adulteration, improper calibration or cleaning of equipment, and technician error” (75-76). Even if the lab has standards of cleanliness that are supposed to be impeccable, these things are always subject to human error. Nobody is perfect, even a lab technician with years of experience is not one-hundred percent immune to error. Unfortunately, companies are concerned with how much drug testing actually costs to administer. It is understandable that companies would want to cut back costs on drug testing employees, where the cost for just one drug test is fairly expensive, a company that tests all of its employees (which could be anywhere from hundreds to thousands depending on the company) will find itself spending a lot of money. Another thing which causes costs to rise for companies that make the choice to administer drug tests is the fact that many companies are looking to get test results back as quickly as possible, and in fairness to these companies, it is human nature to have the desire for
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2 instant gratification. However, these two concerns are things that can affect the results of an employee’s sample. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” companies
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