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Comparing Drug Screening Practices at the Plant

Manufacturing executives shared their observations on current drug use trends, pre-employment screening, and policy changes to address marijuana legalization in a recent poll. A fraction report their workforce has been highly affected by drug use over the past 12 months, but executives continue to indicate concern about the impact of marijuana legalization and use.

Key findings include:

  • Marijuana remains a major concern when considering hiring qualified workers – More than 2/3 of leaders are concerned about the impact of marijuana legalization and use when finding qualified workers. 
  • Opioids and marijuana testing is standard procedure for most – Over 80% required job applicants to be tested during pre-employment and after an incident. Nearly half also test randomly during employment. 
  • Most are not changing marijuana policies despite state regulation – Only 1/3 of companies have removed marijuana prescreening policies or are considering changes. 
  • Only a fraction report their workforce has been more affected by drug use, but concern for the industry overall is higher – 34% believe that the manufacturing workforce has been highly affected by drug use during the pandemic, but only 18% report an increase at their largest worksite.

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