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Published:December 3rd, 2009 12:03 EST

Should Comcast, BellSouth And Utility Workers Be Regularly Tested For Drugs

By Robert Paul Reyes

All of the professional sports leagues require their athletes to be screened for illegal drugs on a regular basis. Sports stars are role models, and I wouldn`t want an athlete to be setting a bad example for our youth by taking steroids, cocaine or any other illegal drug.

But if a jock takes steroids to improve his performance or marijuana to deal with the stress of stardom, it doesn`t affect me on a personal level.

However if my mailman is under the influence while making his rounds, he may sideswipe my car or mistakenly leave my paycheck in someone else`s mailbox. Should postal workers, utility workers and other laborers whose job description includes driving or operating heavy machinery be required to be tested for illegal drugs on a regular basis?

Most employers require new hires to be screened for illicit drugs, but once they pass that initial hurdle employees don`t have to worry about being tested again.

A friend of mine me said that BellSouth employees are not regularly screened for drugs, and there`s rumors that some of their utility workers drive under the influence of marijuana. This is hearsay and I`m not presenting this as a fact, but as an illustration.

Should your mailman, cable guy, and electrician be tested for illegal drugs on a regular basis, and not just at the time they are hired? Not too long ago I attempted to get broadband Internet service through my cable company, but after three different technicians were unable to activate my modem, I gave up. If these clowns have great difficulty doing their job sober, I can only imagine how much trouble they can cause while under the influence.

I believe that anyone who drives while on the job should be required to be regularly screened for cocaine, heroin and alcohol, although marijuana may not pose as much of a problem as people may think.

"--Marijuana is
not a significant factor in causing auto
accidents, transportation authorities
discovered after administering blood
tests to 2500 drivers involved in car
wrecks in South Australia. In fact,
Transport South Australia researchers
have determined, drivers who smoke
cannabis are statistically a little less
likely to be found the cause of traffic
accidents than drivers who use no
intoxicants at all.

`It may be that people driving on
cannabis compensate for the
impairing effects of the drug,` Dr.
Jason White, a Transport SA
researcher, told reporters. `They are
more cautious, less likely to take risks,
and drive slower.`"

Although a cable guy smoking weed on the job may not get into an accident driving to my house, I still wouldn`t want him trying to perform a complicated task like trying to fix my Internet connection. And I`m sure Bellsouth customers in Florida wouldn`t want a tech guy trying to repair a wiring problem while high on weed.

Am I supposed to connect the yellow wire to the red wire or the blue one? Ah, it`s all good, yellow shmellow, who cares?

The thought of utility workers smoking weed while on duty is stressing me out; I think I need some medicinal herb to mellow out

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