Here is Paul’s open letter about the hours of the drug testing hotline in Cherokee County. We hope this will initiate some change. Here is the main point:
…the relatively recent change to the drug testing line pushes the envelope to where I feel I must speak out against the approach being taken here. Requiring individuals to call in after midnight every night for 9 months, after drinking a single beer (or many of the other situations, which could result in color testing), is unreasonable and burdensome. Many of our clients are high school students or working college students, with very strict schedules. I can’t speak for exactly what it is like for them, but imagine the burden it would place on my own life. Rarely am I up past midnight. If I need to schedule something for the early morning, I plan it well before I go to bed on a given night. I live in Woodstock, and my office is in Woodstock. My commutes around the county are not that far, but if I had to be subjected to calling nightly after midnight, I’d either have to stay awake every night until after midnight to plan for the next morning, or I’d have to wake up an hour and half earlier every morning to check the hotline, with sufficient time to get dressed, drive to Canton, wait to take a test, and ultimately make it to work on time, given the only time allowed for testing is 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. This seems unreasonable to me. I may stand alone in this belief, but it is my belief and I feel obligated to share it…