50% of Indiana job applicants failing drug tests in some fields

Jobs are plentiful according to the Indiana RV industry. Just one catch, the people they try to hire are abusing drugs.

In a rare interview on turmoil in hiring future employees, the Indiana RV industry showing the downside of our pro drug culture.

Here’s more from the South Bend Tribune:

At Dicor Corp. in Elkhart, a 130-employee company that makes RV parts, about 30 to 50 percent of applicants fail off-site urine tests during any given week, according to Gregg Fore, company president.

“On a bad week, it’s more than 50 percent. Five years ago, it was between 10 and 20 percent,” Fore said, adding that Dicor spends about $500 to $750 per month on drug screenings. “When you’re in the middle of a hiring mode — and most of us are — the expense of hiring people goes up because you’re turning away so many who can’t pass a test.”

Dicor’s applicants fail screenings due to a variety of different drugs. But Fore identified marijuana as the most problematic. The legalization of pot in some states, such as Colorado, has made the drug seem more socially acceptable to some people who believe they can get away with using it.

Companies just can’t look the other way or else they would face another financial burden:

Fore said that while some companies don’t require drug tests, Dicor won’t loosen its standards. He said the company’s liability insurance rates would skyrocket if the company decided not to do drug tests, and doing so would put workers’ lives in jeopardy.

“It would put people in danger, whether they’re driving a delivery vehicle or operating a piece of machinery. People make bad decisions when they’re under the influence,” he said.

 

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