Battling Drugs on the Job

Companies crack down on employees high at work

The newsroom staff at the Kansas City Star and Times was in an uproar last week over a memo from Publisher James Hale. Responding to a suggestion from Thomas Murphy, chairman of Capital Cities/ABC, the New York City-based owners of the papers, Hale told employees that drug-sniffing dogs might be used at the Missouri papers as part of a company-wide program to fight narcotics abuse.

After heated protests, however, Hale reconsidered and proposed instead to create an advisory committee of managers and employees to "free the workplace of drugs." In a separate memo to all Capital Cities workers, Murphy acknowledged the...

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