FLY 8- As an airline pilot, you of all people should support drug testing in the workplace. Since you are held responsible for a multi-million dollar piece of equipment and numerous human lives, I don't think it's too much for your employer to ask that you not use illegal narcotics. Although the scope of a possible catastrophe would be much smaller, I too am held responsible for up to 82 human lives and a valuable transit vehicle, not to mention the safety of other users of the roadway, their property and adjoining pedestrian avenues.
The term 'alcoholic' is very loose. Since I had a Guinness and two ciders last night, some may consider me an alcoholic.
I suppose it would not be difficult for an alcoholic to perform his or her duties as an airline pilot or bus driver as long as they showed up to work sober. If they weren't sober, you could tell by the smell of alcohol on their breath and other obvious factors. With marijuana use it is not so easy to tell.
My operations manual states that I am not allowed to have alcohol present in my body while operating a transit vehicle. I can’t even use mouthwash too soon before going to work! Safety is just that important.
I think your statement that employers are trying to control people is way out of line. Since the workplace is a social atmosphere, it’s no wonder that employers want to keep drugs out. Otherwise a drug culture would breed itself from within. And it's always the employees choice to work where he or she works.