Alcohol and Other Drug Testing; NCADD Policy Urges Treatment Options

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With more and more employers moving towards various degrees of drug testing, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) has issued a policy statement urging employers to move slowly, and to include treatment and rehabilitation in any company policy.

NCADD's president Paul Wood, Ph.D. stressed that any drug testing program should include alcohol, and there should be a written alcohol and other drugs testing policy that encompasses who should be tested, which drugs are included, circumstances of the testing and the individual's rights under the law.

Additionally, the NCADD policy states that employers should be prohibited from terminating employees following the first confirmed positive test until the employee has the opportunity to participate in a rehabilitation program after an appropriate evaluation for an addictive disorder.

Under the policy, which was voted on by the NCADD board last month, employers who require pre-applicant drug testing should administer drug tests only after a conditional offer of employment has been made. …

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