COMMENTARY | Reuters reports that the Florida governor, Rick Scott, signed the drug testing bill into law, which allows for random drug testing for all state employees. The law would allow up to 10 percent of a department to be drug tested randomly every 90 days. Although this law is likely to be challenged in court for constitutionality, here is why this new law is great for Florida, and should be implemented everywhere.
One great aspect of this law is that if a state employee does test positive for alcohol or drugs, he or she will not be fired for the offense. The law would require that the state employee receive rehabilitation and counseling for his or her problems, which is a huge step in the right direction to combat addiction. I do not think that an employee should be fired for a positive test result, and if he or she is confronted with the reality of going to counseling, then maybe he or she could get the help obviously needed to overcome the addiction. The problem with a lot of people addicted to drugs or alcohol is that they feel guilty, ashamed, and try to hide their problems from others, which only leads to more severe issues, including legal issues or overdoses. It is great that this new law can give people the chance to overcome their addictions, and keep their job at the same time.
I am a huge supporter of this law because I feel that anyone holding a public job should be required to submit to drug testing, since it is commonplace in the public sector. No government official or state employee should be above the laws when it comes to drug testing, and the workers should have to be held accountable for their actions just the same. I am getting tired of government workers being able to do whatever they want without accountability, and it is about time that the laws become universal for all workers in this country. I think that if you work in an industry that services the public, it is even more important that you are sober when you are at work, since this could put millions of innocent people at risk if you are working impaired.
I do not care if a state employee is taking pain medication legally prescribed by a doctor, but I do care if someone is using heroin intravenously on the job, and I care if someone is wasted on shots while working. I think that every state should pass similar laws, since it can protect the public, and also provide a much needed service for those that do have an addiction. I think that more companies need to implement drug testing, and have resources available to people that fail the drug test, because it shows that the company is being responsible, looking out for customers, and wants to provide nothing but excellence to the community.