Drug testing has become a huge and lucrative business. According to a recent Ezine article, “with at least fifteen large U.S. corporations supplying laboratory testing, employees and others are only a few minutes’ drive from a testing facility.” The article goes on to say that drug testing ranges from employers who use drug testing as a pre-employment screening tool to parents who want to keep tabs on the well being of their teenagers. There are many groups that frequently use drug testing as a screening mechanism . As a student or person in the work force, it is very likely that one day you may be required to take a drug test. Should you be entitled to your privacy? Or, is it a matter of preventative measures and safety?
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This is based on the assumption that if an employee is a recreational drug user. (If he is a drug user then ?) This fact alone does not automatically impact their job performance in a negative way. Also, random drug testing is becoming more common place recently . While states only loosely enforce drug-testing laws, opponents say that random drug testing can ruin a person’s life. Even recreational weekend usage may result in the loss of employment if drug usage is determined with a drug test. Random drug testing is often argued to be testing without any probable cause. Some businesses only drug test “for-cause” or suspicion of use. However, for-cause testing seems to be reactive versus proactive. (I like this statement)
Worldwide it seems that a major theme wrestled with is the ethical consideration brought up by opponents of drug testing. These individuals firmly believe that the process amounts to an unwarranted invasion of privacy . There is also thought that drug testing impacts on privacy in relation to the right to personal integrity. National legislation on this matter across the globe is often the same as that for searches, which requires the consent of the person concerned in order to be lawful. The question about giving consent for drug testing is definitely a complicated one with many things to consider.
(The last two paragraphs seem to deal mainly with the privacy issue,