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Drug Testing at Work: A Guide for Employers and Employees

NCJ Number
B Potter; S Orfali
Date Published
240 pages
This text explains how to train supervisors in both the public and private sectors to identify employees who use drugs, to use drug testing where appropriate, and how to educate employees about the plan established by the employer.
An overview describes the social history of alcohol and other drugs and their impact on the workplace emphasizing that legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco cost industry more money that do highly publicized illicit drugs such as cocaine. The text then reviews drug testing methodology and the legal issues of drug testing including employer liability and the right to privacy. Additional sections present guidelines for employers on establishing a drug program and drug testing policy including the use of employee assistance programs and ways to prevent drug abuse without testing. Tables, photographs, sample policy statements, index, and 248 references