Employers Begin Firing Workers For Prescription Drug Use

Companies in the United States have had the right to test employees for illegal drug use for years. In a landmark decision published twenty years ago, the US Supreme Court acknowledged the danger employees pose to the bottom line when under the influence of illicit or illegal drugs.

However, illegal drug use is no longer the greatest public health threat; some legally prescribed drugs can be just as addictive and just as dangerous as cocaine or heroin. Employees who are under the influence of prescription drugs help contribute to industrial accidents, workplace injuries, and product defects.

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