Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Drug Tests

They are everywhere now. Drug tests. They are required for athletes, employees, and supervisors.

Drug tests are required for all employees joining our company as well as employees that get a promotion. (I guess they reason, just because they were clean coming in, doesn't mean they are going up.)

One of the guys that joined the company some years ago had the nurse accompanied him while he gave his sample! There are always people trying to beat the system. Judging from this site, www.passyourdrugtest.com they have reason to fear. (The bullets for the lists at this site use a marijuana leaf. How subtle.) Of course, there are plenty of sites fighting back.

Some people have been caught with bags taped to their sides with non-human samples inside. We get all kinds.

Drug tests are the last defense a company uses to try to hire the best. We put background checks in all our applicant entry programs. In other words, if you try to apply for a job on-line, the programs ensure you are not a criminal, at least, at the time you apply.

In Australia they do roadside drug testing. They found 1 in 73 under the influence of drugs.

Just a few days ago I was following behind a guy who had his windows down. My top was down and I got a big whiff of what he was toking, it made my eyes water. I had to get in the other lane and slightly ahead of him because the downwind was so strong. He had the radio blaring, arm hanging out, and he slouched so that his eyebrows were just above the steering wheel. It's scary when you think these folks are hurling down the highway behind the controls of a 2-ton metal killing machine under the influence.

I'm going to buy a Hummer and a gas mask.

No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.- P. J. O'Rourke