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Understanding Random Drug Testing in the Workplace

random drug testingIt is such a relief to know that over the years, the idea of workplace drug policies and the random drug testing that usually comes with them have taken root in many companies. Today, many employers are already implementing drug and alcohol policies, and many more are expected to put such policies in place.

However, it is an unfortunate fact that many people still see random drug testing in the workplace as nothing more than a sanction against offenders in the workforce. If anything, random drug testing should largely be treated as a prevention and rehabilitation tool.

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Therapeutic Workplaces Can Make Drug Addicts Quit

therapeutic workplaceIt’s true that many employers typically avoid hiring people who use drugs or are addicted to them. However, scientists have come up with a technique that proves to be effective in helping drug addicts quit, and it just might change their minds. According to an article written by Cara Tabachnick for Scientific American, “therapeutic workplaces” are capable of making a drug addict quit.

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How to Deal with Workers Using Marijuana

workers using marijuanaFor employers in Australia, dealing with workers using marijuana is comparatively easier. After all, marijuana remains a prohibited substance in Australia. Possession, use, and distribution are punishable by law, and employers only need to reflect the same in their respective drug and alcohol policies. Depending on the severity of the drug offence, an employer is empowered to immediately terminate employees who test positive for marijuana.

American employers, however, have it harder, especially with more than 20 jurisdictions legalising the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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