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Health Plus: Drug testing

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Many employers require you to take a drug test before you're hired.

But what you may not know is how random testing actually protects you in this morning's Health Plus, Tara Thomas shows how drug tests keep city workers sober behind the wheel.

It is perhaps the most uncomfortable part of getting a job: the company drug test.

But Cedar Falls City officials say the requirement is well worth the trouble.

It is perhaps the most uncomfortable part of getting a job: the company drug test

But Cedar Falls city officials say the requirement is well worth the trouble.

"We do random drug testing for our CDL holders, so they're driving snowplows, trailers, a variety of large equipment, large motorized vehicles and they're on the streets day in and day out," says Colleen Sole with the city.

It's a federal mandate for workers with a Commercial Driver's License to get a drug test.

And random ones are done at least four times a year.

"When you're dealing with an 80-thousand pound rig or a 50-thousand pound dump truck you wanna make sure that you're on your toes and know the potential that truck can create for problems," says Brian Heath, also with the city. 

Of course people still try to beat the system.

One eastern Iowa drug and alcohol testing coordinator says nowadays that's tough to do.

"That's the reason that we're so picky about the way that we do the collection because we have blueing in the toilet, we have them empty out their pockets, we have them wash their hands before they use the restroom. A lot of things in an effort to have them avoid tampering with the sample or bring an artificial sample in. It has to be a certain temperature. There's a small temperature range it has to be in and if it's not within that temperature range it probably didn't come out of their body," Lisa Kriz.

And the drugs of choice have changed over the years for those who test positive.

"Less of marijuana and like more of the methamphetamines. But maybe they use them together."

The good news for Cedar Falls City Employees, Heath says in the fifteen years he's worked for the city he knows of only two dismissals for a failed drug test.

Tara Thomas, Iowa's News Channel Seven

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