I also refused to take a drug test today – although I had no reason to fear the results.
I certainly could make this argument from the perspective of someone that has done illicit drugs. Yeah, I’ve done that.
It was never a lifestyle, and never anything that I “got into” that much. But I did it.
That is NOT why I am opposed to taking drug tests for employment.
First, anyone can “get clean” in less than 30 days and pass a drug test – so the test itself proves nothing about my drug usage. I could either stop now, or use a number of methods readily available on the Internet to falsely pass a drug test.
Most companies that test for drugs only do it at the time of hire – and that bothers me more even then if they tested routinely. Why? Because hiring-related drug tests tell me the company is only interested in covering their asses – not in maintaining a drug-free workplace.
If you want a drug free workplace then test often, and randomly, and not just at the time of hire.
I won’t take pre-hire drug tests because I don’t really think the hiring companies give a shit about them, and thinking that, I don’t know why I should expose myself to the drug test in the first place. If the hiring company really doesn’t care, then why should I?
Fundamentally, I have a lot more opposition to this – I would gladly sign an employment agreement that said I could be tested if I gave reason for my employer to think I was on drugs (as long as the “reasons” were clearly defined in the agreement, like “consistently late”, “often absent”, etc). To me that makes more sense then a pre-employment drug test.
I could honestly take a drug test now and pass – but why should I when companies don’t even appear to use it for anything than covering their own asses?
Employees, take back your personal freedoms – demand more. Don’t work for companies that give bogus drug tests. If they ONLY do it at the time of hire, question them. They aren’t being rational.