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How to Recognize And Manage Workplace Substance Abuse

Reasonable Suspicion? Objectivity? Documentation?
Avoid a Lawsuit!

93 Ways. Count 'em! 

ISBN-10: 1540376508

Word Count: 14,475

Page Count: 132







  • Why the need for workplace drug testing? Abuse of alcohol, prescriptions, over-the-counter, and a long list of illegal drugs has grown across America. Legal and illegal drugs are omnipresent and subject to abuse.


  • Alarmingly, over many decades, the at-large domestic drug abuse problem has migrated into public and private sector workplaces.


  • Workplace substance abuse has become increasingly problematic in both sectors, it's costly, a substantial liability, and for small and medium-sized businesses a potential legal nightmare. An ordeal requiring defensive actions to prevent, and if not stopped, managed correctly if corresponding legal risks are to be mitigated.


  • Therefore, the evolution of pre-employment drug screening, as the initial defensive action, has morphed into today's multifaceted and costly post-employment, reasonable suspicion, for cause, on-demand drug tests, random, and post-accident drug tests,







  • Ordering a mandatory drug test, when workplace substance abuse is suspected, requires more than a hunch or suspicion it requires the establishment and documentation of reasonable suspicion.


  • need to know:


1. The drugs that are regularly abused in the workplace?


2. What performance, physical and emotional behaviors raise suspicions of substance abuse?


3. How have courts defined reasonable suspicion?


4. How is reasonable suspicion objectively established?


5.  How is reasonable suspicion documented?


7. What are the legal risks when ordering an on-demand drug test? 


8. Is ordering a drug test an invasion of privacy?


This tutorial provides answers to these and a myriad of other critical questions.

13 commonly abused drugs, legal and illegal, are identified by name and abuse indicators. 
  • Disclosed are physical and emotional, observable objective indicators and warning signs of substance abuse for each drug including: 


     1. Physical (18) indicators

     2. Psychological (8) indicators

     3. Appearance (13) indicators

     4. Speech issues (4) indicators

     5. Body odors (3) indicators 

     6. Sample behaviors (12) indicators

     7. Sample commercial names (1) indicator

     8. Sample street names (15) indicators

     9. How ingested (10) indicators




  • How long can a drug test detect drug use? Included are urinalysis detection times for each of the 13 identified drugs commonly abused in the workplace.



[Must know information]


  • Additionally, ten eye-opening definitions of crucial terms, including reasonable suspicion are presented. 




  • Provided is a step-by-step guide to establishing reasonable suspicion. A guide that logically and objectively documents the reasons why an employee is suspected of workplace substance abuse, including behavior analysis, conclusion, and recommendation to order an on-demand drug test or not. 



[Make your job easy]


  • Included are 14 websites providing well-researched direction on:


     (1) Find laws governing workplace drug testing;

     (2) Sample workplace drug-free policies and procedures;

     (3) Sample drug testing policies and procedures;

     (4) Find training and educational materials;

     (5) Employee assistance programs.


This tutorial provides proven, authentic research and trusted guidance that can be used with confidence in your decision-making process.


Editorial Review:


"Outstanding in explanation and simplification of the cost and hazards of recognizing on-the-job substance abuse. This book provides a step-by-step methodology of actions used by enlightened management."


Steve Bias

Security consultant and litigation support

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