Employee Drug Testing

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Employee Drug Testing Every drug has a very different effect on the body and brain. Some drugs make your heart race and time slow, some drugs make you drowsy, some drugs affect your motor skills, some drugs delay reactions. There are drugs that create a feeling of euphoria, yet others make the abusers have vivid hallucinations. All in all, the popular consensus would show that a person under the influence of drugs does not have their normal ability to function. When you mix the use of drugs in a situation where people could die from a mistake, it is a very lethal combination. I have cared for the elderly as a healthcare professional for the past 32 years, yet have never been drug tested. While caring for the elderly I have had multiple responsibilities, including, distributing medication, caring for patients’ sanitary needs, supervising employees, and assisting patients with activities of everyday living. During my time in the healthcare field, even with having the responsibilities of distributing medication, I have never been drug tested. I find it ludicrous that a person may have access to controlled substances and never had to undergo a drug test. Random drug testing is testing that takes place at a random time, in a random fashion, without any suspicion of drug use or impairment by the employee. The testing takes place without prior notice to the employee. Random drug testing is often seen as an intrusion of a persons’ privacy, however, a person providing healthcare has a reduced expectation of privacy because they have access to medication and because they might pose a threat to a patient. All employers, providing healthcare for the elderly, should be required to randomly drug test employees, throughout employment. While some might not agree with random drug testing, legal precedent shows that healthcare employees have a reduced

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