Flunking this 'test'
Does anyone else find the drug-testing debacle for Westmoreland County employees disheartening (“Westmoreland commissioners announce drug-testing policy for prospective employees,” April 9 and TribLIVE.com)? Over the past several months, the county has sent some of its leaders, not to mention other Pennsylvania leaders, out in different communities of the county to do drug-awareness seminars. Yet the vast majority of Westmoreland employees have never been tested for drug use.
Now the county is scrambling to make amends. While the rest of the United States has struggled for so many years with an abusive prescription and illicit drug culture, most Westmoreland County employees have enjoyed a magical bubble of trust.
The after-the-fact explanations only diffuse the blame, just like all of the drugs diffusing throughout the county.
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