The Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. (IBH), a non-profit organization developing strategies to reduce drug use, hosted a one-day symposium in Washington, DC on September 29, 2014 on the future of workplace drug testing in the era of legal marijuana. The meeting included thought leaders from public and private drug-free workplace programs, and specialists in government, public policy, employment law, laboratory drug testing, and addiction treatment, among others….
During the past three decades, drug testing of employees and job applicants has become a crucial part of employers’ efforts to maintain drug-free workplaces. Drug use is a significant threat to workplace health, safety and productivity. In addition to testing, drug-free workplace programs typically include education about the risks of drug use, especially in the workplace, and employee assistance programs to support treatment and long-term recovery of employees with substance use and other medical and behavioral health problems. Workplace drug testing programs identify those who need assistance in addressing their drug use problems, reinforce prevention messages, and deter workers from using drugs.
II. The Challenge
The passage of public ballot and legislative initiatives has resulted in medical marijuana laws in 23 states and the District of Columbia and approval of legal recreational use of marijuana by adults in Colorado and Washington in 2012, and in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia in 2014. This shift in drug policy has created significant concern and confusion for many employers, employees, and job applicants about workplace drug testing in general and testing for marijuana specifically.
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