Drug Testing More Prevalent as Business Grows

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According to the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber, the unemployment rate in Trumbull County is expected to fall to 5 percent within the next two years because of new businesses coming to the area.

However, there may be concerns that qualified applicants can’t pass a drug test.

The Anderson-Dubose Company in Lordstown is hiring. But if you want to work for the food distribution company, expect to be drug tested when you apply.

“They see that on the ads that they see to apply. We talk about that on the phone with them and also in the interview,” said human resource generalist Linsey Gray. “We definitely talk about drug testing and background investigations.”

Anderson Dubose is on a growing list of companies that screen applicants for drugs. Trumbull County Commissioner Frank Fuda said with the oil and gas industry moving in, more jobs will be available, but some companies are concerned about applicants passing a drug test.

“During some of the meetings, they were concerned that when people applied for jobs, the rate of people passing the test was pretty low at the time,” said Fuda.

Bill Turner, director of Trumbull County One Stop, said more employers are drug testing than ever before.

“I mean initially, it’s going to prevent you from getting in the door, and then a lot of companies will test randomly or while you’re working,” said Turner. “So, If you did make it past point A, you have to stay clean to stay on the job.”

At Anderson-Dubose, drug testing helps to ensure a safe work place.

“We don’t want anyone that is going to have an impairment on the job that might lead to an accident or injury,” said human resource director Matt Liegl.”That’s not good for them personally, and that is not good for the company in terms of costs.”

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