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    Clean Refugees > Drugged Americans

    As Americans fail drug tests, employers hire refugees - CNN.com

    Erie, Pennsylvania (CNN)Inside a factory near this lakeside city, a man holding a blowtorch is putting the finishing touches on a plastic rain barrel that will soon make its way to a home and garden section somewhere in America.

    He is Talib Alzamel, a 45-year-old Syrian refugee who arrived here last summer with his wife and five children. He can't speak much English, but neither can most of the 40 refugees who work at Sterling Technologies, a plastic molding company based near the shores of Lake Erie. They earn $8-14 an hour.

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    More than 9% of employees tested positive for one or more drugs in oral fluid screenings in 2015, the most recent year for which data was available. And the problem is even worse at places like Sterling Technologies.

    "Twenty percent of the people are failing," said Cary Quigley, the company's president. "We're seeing positive tests anywhere from marijuana through amphetamines, right all the way through crystal meth and heroin."

    Which is why refugees like Alzamel, despite some language barriers, are quickly snapping up jobs.

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    As long as he's a legal refugee then no problem.

    Legalize weed and alot more no problem.

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    Is it standard practice in the USA to test employees for drug use?

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    Neverna, It is most common in manufacturing situations, is my understanding. Employers don't want drugged up people using industrial machines and injuring themselves, then collecting injury pay or damages. Also, how productive is someone going to be, if they are doing meth in their spare time?

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    Is it standard practice in the USA to test employees for drug use?
    Most jobs require a pre-employment drug screening and do randoms. If you get injured on the job, you will be drug tested at the hospital first thing and if you fail, even if you weren't high at the time, you must self pay and the company wont cover you. Even if you smoked a doobie 2 weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanMan
    Also, how productive is someone going to be, if they are doing meth in their spare time?
    He would not be productive at all, he would prolly have damaged that plastic rain barrel then repaired it with gaffa tape and spray painted it in ten different colours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Is it standard practice in the USA to test employees for drug use?
    Urban Man is correct,

    but I'd also like to ad that more companies in different industries are drug testing.

    I was interviewed and hired for a sales job in Los Angeles in 1998 and was told (early on) that I'd have to take a drug test.

    I think it's for cheaper health insurance rates the employees are in at the company. (Not sure.)

    We also had access the business money accounts so perhaps that was a reason, as someone with a drug habit might steal (not sure again).

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    Originally Posted by UrbanMan
    Also, how productive is someone going to be, if they are doing meth in their spare time?



    Silly me, I thought meth/yabba was what kept the girls on walking street on the job all night.

    Not to worry, the tools they handle are not that sharp to begin with.

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    Is is standard practice to use a blowtorch on plastic?

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    Reflecting on my last comment I do believe the pot just called the kettle black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toslti
    Is is standard practice to use a blowtorch on plastic?
    Actually, yes. Ever see some big plastic thing that has seams? It was assembled using heat, very often from a blow torch. There's a technique, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by toslti
    Is is standard practice to use a blowtorch on plastic?
    Actually, yes. Ever see some big plastic thing that has seams? It was assembled using heat, very often from a blow torch. There's a technique, of course.
    Thanks... I bow to your experience and knowledge. Would a Syrian refugee, from a country that has very little rainfall have the equivalent knowledge?

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    Rain barrels, barrel bombs ... prolly similarities in assembly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Is it standard practice in the USA to test employees for drug use?
    We not only had to have a pre-employment drug screen, but after you were hired by the hospital, random drug screenings were done. You would never know when or who would be chosen for these random drug tests. As a department director, I appreciated this policy to make sure my staff was drug free. In the hospital business, this has become pretty much standard practice.

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    I am breathalysed every day going through the gate , only 0.000 is a pass

    I have my own tester which I use if I had a few the night before

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    In 95' I got hired to work on an offshore salmon processor in AK.

    We were instructed to submit our lab results (from a specific clinic) at the Seattle airport on the day of the flight.

    I'd been hitchhiking up and down the coast and camping in the backcountry while generally smoking more ganja than Bob Marley on vacation for the 3 months prior.

    First, I went in with a bag of a g/f's clean piss strapped under my nuts.

    "Too cold," the doctor said. Try again.

    That was slightly embarrassing.

    I went to a head shop and started scoping out all the cleaning agents.

    The hippy chick approached.

    "If you had to take drug test...."

    (faint look of dismissal)

    "I know...I know....unlikely, just stay with me....
    which one of these would you use?"

    She reached under the counter and plopped down one of those deals where you
    mix a gallon with this stuff, chase it with water, piss three times and head in.

    So, that's what I did.

    Passed with flying colors.

    For 4 months on that boat, I only got offered smoke twice:

    Alaskan Thunderf**k and Northern Lights

    Off my head both times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick
    In 95' I got hired to work on an offshore salmon processor in AK.

    For 4 months on that boat
    That just sounds like a horrible way to spend four months.

    I know, you were very young, generally unqualified for most things, the thousands of dollars you had at the end were sweet, and all that.

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