Workplace Drug Testing and Invasion of Privacy Argumentative Essay by Nicky

Workplace Drug Testing and Invasion of Privacy
Argues against mandatory workplace drug testing because it is an invasion of privacy.
# 148554 | 1,775 words | 7 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper relates that the right to privacy, over US history, has repeatedly been involved in cases about personal liberty. Next, the author traces the history of the United States government's "war on drugs", which has resulted in workplace drug testing becoming commonplace; however, the author believes that the war on drugs is really a means of social control. The paper concludes that, although the anti-drug programs may have begun for the sake of human health, it has evolved into a focus on lost profits and time lost, which, in either case, is an attempt to insinuate society and government into the place of the individual.

From the Paper:

"Medicine was seen as a way to give greater comfort to individual human beings, a fact that in itself, testifies to the idea that the use of drugs was considered a matter of personal choice. Government, and even physicians, did not actively interfere in these personal decisions. Ultimately, the effectiveness of a drug was left up to the judgment of the individual user. That drugs were not separated according to beneficial or harmful, shows further the prevailing belief that such drugs were used to ease pain and increase comfort, both physical and mental, the benefit of a given drug not being linked to some notion of potential physical or social harm."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barke, M., Fribush, R., & Stearns, P. N. (2000). Nervous Breakdown in 20th-Century American Culture. Journal of Social History, 33(3), 565.
  • Cann, W. & De Belleroche, J. (Eds.). (2002). Drink, Drugs and Dependence: From Science to Clinical Practice. New York: Routledge.
  • Davis, E., & Hueller, S. (2006). Strengthening the Case for Workplace Drug Testing: The Growing Problem of Methamphetamines. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 71(3), 4+.
  • Elwood, W. N. (1994). Rhetoric in the War on Drugs: The Triumphs and Tragedies of Public Relations. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.
  • Gerber, R. J. (2004). Legalizing Marijuana: Drug Policy Reform and Prohibition Politics. Westport, CT: Praeger.

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