Utilitarian and Deontological Theory Drug Testing

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Ramona D. Jones
Utilitarian and Deontological Theory
Drug Testing
ETH 501
TUI University

Abstract
Drug testing is becoming a standard practice is the workplace. Companies are finding that by conducting random drug testing of their employees it amounts to huge long term savings for the company. There are several benefits for companies that conduct drug testing. Companies have a legal obligation to ensure a safe work environment to all employees, and implementation of drug testing assures this. The utilitarian would argue companies’ have an ethical and moral obligation to protect the rights of the larger populous by enforcing drug testing. Deontologists are wedged in the middle on this issue. Companies that engage in drug testing must outline the requirements of drug testing to their employees.

Utilitarian and Deontological Theory
The federal government and many companies have adopted policies regarding the use of drugs, as well as instituting a variety of drug screening, control, and rehabilitation programs ("Ethical aspects of," 2006). Drug testing is becoming a standard practice in the workplace. Companies are finding that by conducting random drug testing of their employees it amounts to huge long term savings for the company. There are several benefits for companies that conduct drug testing. Substance abuse can be a significant problem in the workplace, contributing to impaired productivity and job performance, increased accidents and injuries, violations of security, theft of company property, and diminished employee morale ("Ethical aspects of," 2006).. There are many that would argue their right to physical privacy is being violated by being subjected to these test, and for some that feel strongly they’re willing to be fired to stand their ground. I offer to these individuals to try riding shotgun in a car with someone high on cocaine as I once was forced to, and ask would they want this type of individual setting in the cubicle next to...
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