Commission mulls drug policy change
By David Lazenby
The Cullman Times
Unanswered questions about a county employee drug policy revision proposed at a Monday meeting influenced Cullman County Commissioners to table the matter until July 8.
County Attorney Dan Willingham said the revised policy would require a drug and alcohol test for any employee injured on the job. It also stipulates workers be tested any time they cause damage to county property.
Any required drug screening test will be paid for the by the county. The cost of these tests is about $33, according to Marie Livingston, who works for accounts payable. The tests are conducted by ASC Occupational Health.
Its appalling that they aren't tested before they are hired to work for the city. If regular common folk have to pass a pre-employment drug screen and we give the state the power to drug test children in public schools then, by all means, city and county workers and every elected official should be tested before being employed or taking office. They should then be randomly tested a few times a month thereafter.
I oppose drug testing, by the way. I think its use should be performance based. But....if we are going to have it then let's make an effort to be fair about it. In fact, I think I might try and find a legislative sponsor for a bill requiring all elected officials to take mandatory, random drug tests.