After they saw the effect that drug testing had on the military, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration decided to implement their own drug screening policy. In 1986, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) suggested that the administration implement a policy because of a growing number of accidents related to drugs and alcohol. The administration agreed. The problem was that no legislation had been put in place to regulate who could be tested and at what time. This led to President Reagan’s Drug-Free Workplace Program which allowed for pre-employment testing and testing based on reasonable suspicion. This act led to a drastic drop off in drug abuse throughout the United States.
Present Day Testing
While the number of positive drug tests increased this past year, the overall number has steadily decreased over the past quarter century. From 2002 to 2007, the number of positive workplace drug tests decreased from 2.5% to 1.8%, making it the lowest number ever recorded. As marijuana becomes a hotter topic in congress, the drug screening industry will have to adjust its processes yet again. We are ready for the challenge and we believe our work makes this country a better place.
At National Drug Screening, we have a team that has grown with this industry and we know how to react to any situation. We have offices throughout the country and we specialize in DOT compliance, court-ordered testing and testing for colleges and universities. Regardless of your needs, we can meet them!
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