Drop pants for drug test

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2004

While I'm away at school I like to keep up with the events going on in Juneau by reading the paper online, specifically the letters to the editor. I have been a little annoyed with Linda Orr's tirade on drug testing.

I have worked the past three years at a company where drug testing is mandatory, and everyone is required to have one; not just those who are at the bottom. It sounds like to me that the problem isn't with drug testing but with "white-collared workers." Or perhaps it's just the fact that some people will balk at anything that they feel is forced upon them, no matter if it's good or bad.

Drug testing is important in many industries where safety is an issue. True, a janitor might not be a safety risk if they're stoned, but we don't know that for sure. If a company isn't requiring drug testing for all employees then there is something wrong with that specific company. That doesn't mean that other companies that require a drug test are doing it to force indignities on us, or that "white-collared workers" are just out to get the laborers.

Drug testing is a good policy, and I approve of any company that practices it. It ensures a safe and good working environment. And if you are drug-free you have nothing to worry about. So, I say, suck it up drop the pants and take the drug test.

Ashley Hamblin


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