Today, many employers are administering drug screenings as part of the interview process. Years ago, drug screenings were primarily given for those applying for a government or medical position. However, because large amounts of people are drug users, several small businesses are beginning random drug tests. Drug screening is a topic of debate. For the most part, the population has a positive view of random drug testing. Of course, this does not benefit habitual and occasional drug users. For example, there are individuals who occasionally use marijuana; however, they do not have a drug problem. Random drug screening may result in these people's losing their jobs.
On the other hand, random drug screenings is a great method for determining individuals with a serious drug problem. Some regular drug users have the ability to function on a daily basis. Thus, their problem remains concealed. Still, some drug users are prone to steal and lie. Most employers do not want to hire individuals with a drug problem. To combat the problem, some employers choose to include a drug screening with the interview. If an applicant successfully passes the screening, they are a good candidate. Even if an applicant is hired, they may still be subjected to random screenings.
Drug screenings are administered by an employee or applicant providing a bodily sample. This sample might include hair, saliva, sweat, blood, or urine. The most common samples are urine and blood. The downside is that these samples are only able to detect drug use that occurred within the last 72 hours. For a more detailed drug screening, some employers and agencies may request a hair sample. Hair samples may detect drug use for up to six months. Nonetheless, most employers and agencies do not review pass three months. Sometimes, drug screening results are inaccurate. If this occurs, re-taking a drug test may prove beneficial.
Disclaimer: Cliff Schaffer does not personally endorse or support any of the comments made within the writings of this article.