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Special Segment (Drug Tests On The Job) #545810

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 11, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Atlanta, Georgia) Controversy over mandatory drug tests of employees by some employers and questions of such tests' reliability examined; Georgia Power Company cited as example [Former inspector Leslie PRICE - recalls heavy marijuana usage by some workers.] [Georgia Power vice president Pierce HEAD - defs. tests.] [Engineer Steven SNOWBERGER - notes ultimatum given employees to take test.] Corps. requiring such tests listed on screen. [PSPA Labs spokesperson Dr. Jerry McHAN - comments on number tests.] Acknowledged unreliability of most commonly used tests and results for innocent victims considered; Martha Dickey cited as example [DICKEY - notes her lack of recourse despite being cleared by test.] [Dr. David GREENBLATT - claims tests used are inaccurate and give false data.] Inconsistency in employers' approach to test results described. [Dr. Raymond GAMBINO - notes longevity of drugs in urine after use has been discontinued.] [White House aide Dr. Carlton TURNER - defs. employers' invasion of privacy.] [SNOWBERGER - disagrees.] Suit against Georgia Power by former employees fired shortly after they complained about safety standards at company's nuclear power plant under construction discussed. [Former surveyor Susan REGISTER - claims Georgia Power is using guise of drug test to fire whistleblowers.] [TURNER, GREENBLATT - debate issue.]
REPORTER: Lisa Myers

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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