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Indiana: Two percent fail job-training drug tests

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Indiana officials say a drug-testing program that started in July for people seeking job training has led to about 2 percent of applicants failing.

The state Department of Workforce Development says 13 people, or 1 percent, of the 1,240 applicants tested for drugs through the end of November had failed the test. Three people refused to take the test. Seven other samples were so diluted that they needed to be retested.

Agency Commissioner Mark Everson told The Associated Press he believes the program has been more effective than the numbers show. He expects many who would have failed didn't bother applying because they knew they wouldn't pass.

The ACLU said it thinks such tests are unconstitutional, but it hasn't challenged the practice because it has not received any formal complaints.

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  • What % Was Marijuana?
    Marijuana is really no different than a combination of Alcohol / Tobacco, yet it is classified and treated as an illegal narcotic. If included in these tests, it likely skews the numbers dramatically. It should be reclassified and decriminalized regardless, that's just common sense.

    As for now, Prohibition is alive and well. Regulate and tax it like Alcohol / Tobacco and leave it up to individual Companies/Unions/States/Locales on how to handle the substance and Testing Procedures.

  • Drug Testing
    Sadly, we have seen between 2% and 4% of our employees fail mandatory drug testing over the years. We never discharge the employee without first getting the employee enrolled in a rehabilitation program, and then requiring the employee be tested monthly for six months following the rehab program. We have never filed a claim against the employee's insurance coverage. We keep the issue inside the company. If the employee fails a second drug screen, they are given thirty days to find another job. Anyone can become addicted to drugs and alcohol. We value our employees and want them to feel we care about their wellbeing. However, they must accept responsibility for their actions.

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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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