DRUG TESTING: Unsafe at Any Speed

Unsafe at Any Speed

It will be an enormous undertaking: the random drug testing of almost every airline pilot, railroad engineer and truck driver in the U.S., a total of 4 million non-Government transportation workers. Rejecting widespread concerns about the constitutionality of such a move, the Transportation Department last week announced plans to require companies and municipalities involved in the transit business to begin testing their employees in December 1989. The ; workers will be screened for marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and phencyclidine (PCP). Said Transportation Secretary James Burnley: "The American people demand and expect a drug-free transportation system."

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