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Are Drug Tests Hurting Businesses?

Companies in the U.S. are having a hard time hiring new employees because many candidates are failing pre-employment drug tests. This is becoming problematic for the economy.


Stress is now being put on businesses because of a higher number of absences, injuries and impaired performances. With increased marijuana use and a growing opioid epidemic, many potential employees are deterred from applying to jobs because they know they would fail a drug test.


Edmond C. O’Neal, an employee at Northeast Indiana Works, a company that provides education and skills training, says “Relaxing drug policies isn’t an option for manufacturers in terms of insurance and liability.” He also mentioned that many don’t view marijuana as a drug, but it can still prevent you from getting hired.


One company, Warren Fabricating & Machining in Hubbard, Ohio covers health insurance for its 150 employees. They funded five employees to go through treatment for drug abuse, which cost the company $250,000. Some companies and manufacturers have the right to fire employees if the company cannot afford treatment.


Advocacy groups encourage treatment professionals and businesses to work together. They also believe many employers should reevaluate their approach to drug testing. What do you think?


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