Are Drug Tests Worth It?

Judy Stone questions the logic of drug screening and its widespread use:

Among full-time workers in the US, 42.9% reported that tests for illicit drug or alcohol use occurred as part of “pre-hire” testing—so more than 47 million adults were subjected to testing as part of the hiring process. (2004) Further, 29.6%, or 32 million full-time workers reported random drug testing at work.⁠ A 2010 study reported about 130 million drug screens⁠.

In the second part of her essay, she argues that drug testing destroys workplace trust:

Drug screens are but one example of the increase in surveillance throughout our society. Such intrusive testing inherently sets up an adversarial relationship as well. Many people likely work better in an environment of respect and trust. I’ve seen a dramatic change in the working atmosphere of some hospitals over the years, as the institutions adopt fingerprint scans to clock in and out, GPS phones that track employees’ movements, measure the response time to answer a call light, etc. These processes are dehumanizing and counterproductive.