Weapons testing engineers, oil refinery employees and insurance agents; what do applicants to those positions have in common? They must agree to random drug testing as a condition of employment. What about truck drivers, forklift operators, trash collectors and supermarket employees? They also must agree to random drug testing. In fact, in a recent search of job postings on www.indeed.com, more than 7,000 positions across the nation list random drug testing as a condition of employment.

To be fair, the list above doesn’t mean that every job within those industries requires drug testing. However, drug testing is clearly becoming common practice in more and more positions with varying levels of responsibility and accountability. Yet in a medical specialty in which we daily hold the lives of patients in our hands, random drug testing is the exception, not the...

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