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Perhaps you’ve heard the old saying that it’s easier to find a new job if you still have a job. That may or may not actually be true, but one thing is for certain: If you do not conduct pre-employment drug testing there’s a strong chance you will hire a drug user whether or not that person is currently employed.

The federal government estimates that among unemployed adults in 2011, 17.2 percent were current illicit drug users. (A current illicit drug user is someone who admits to using an illicit drug at least once in the past 30 days.) Among those who were employed, 8.0 percent of full-time workers and 11.6 percent of part-time workers admitted to being current illicit drug users; 19.6 percent or 1 in 5, when combined.

Learn more in this technical paper prepared by Bill Current, president of WFC & Associates, LLC, and brought to you by Alere Toxicology. The overview information addresses a number of the features and techniques commonly used to manage a random drug-testing program.

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