Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

December 13, 2012

W.Va.-mandated drug test has few failures


Associated Press

CHARLESTON — Only a few people have failed state-mandated drug testing for those seeking job training through federally funded programs.

WorkForce West Virginia tells The Charleston Daily Mail that of the 562 tests conducted since July, five were positive for drugs.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order earlier this year requiring the tests.

It applies to training programs for youths, adults and dislocated workers funded under the federal Workforce Investment Act. It also covers programs aided by national emergency grants.

The test screens for 10 categories of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines and prescription mood-altering drugs.