Employers are having a hard time finding workers who can pass a drug test. While this may seem funny, it’s a serious issue that’s affecting manufacturing plants and other labor fields in the United States. It’s also affecting the rate of unemployment. According to recent reports and interviews with employers, the unemployment isn’t due to a lack of jobs– it’s due to a lack of sobriety.
Drug Tests And Unemployment
We’re living in an age where many industries and companies are outsourcing manufacturing labor to other countries. As a result, an increasing number of Americans are either out of work or underpaid and underemployed. One of Trump’s promises was to bring factory and industry jobs back to the United States. However, this promise to his blue-collar fan base was under-researched and poorly understood.
The unemployment among skilled laborers isn’t attributed to a lack of jobs in the country. It’s a result of drug use. Or rather, a result of not being able to pass drug tests.
More than ever, employers are having a hard time finding workers who can pass a drug test. According to Melissa Mangold, the president of Casco Manufacturing Solutions, the main issues among potential, otherwise qualified employees, are heroin and cannabis use.
The Opioid Epidemic
The opioid epidemic in the United States has many consequences. It destroys relationships, ruins lives, and kills people. It also has a severe impact on the economy and employment. If job-seekers can’t pass a drug test, they will be disqualified from their desired position.
In addition to potential laborers losing job opportunities due to opioid use, there are others who are losing opportunities because of cannabis use. In general, cannabis is considered to be safe and beneficial in many ways. But even though there are medical weed programs in twenty-nine states, the plant is a federally illegal Schedule 1 substance. As such, testing positive for it means being disqualified for a job. And because weed stays in your system longer than other drugs, it’s often harder to pass a drug test.
Final Hit: Employers Are Having A Hard Time Finding Workers Who Can Pass A Drug Test
What is the solution to this conundrum? Is there a simple, quick fix, or is the problem too complex to tackle? Because the problem is directly related to the opioid epidemic, the solution seems to be to put more effort into helping addicts recover and stay sober. Ironically, cannabis has the potential to put a sizeable dent in opioid use. If cannabis were federally legal, it’s possible that more blue-collar workers would be able to find employment.
This isn’t to suggest that it’s acceptable to show up to work high. In jobs where operating machinery is essential, working while stoned is a safety hazard. But if an employee, or potential employee, is using cannabis for either recreational or medicinal use on their own time, they should not be penalized for that.