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October 16, 1987

Issues in Employee Drug Testing

JAMA. 1987;258(15):2089-2096. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400150081034

RESOLUTION 84 (A-86) asks the American Medical Association to develop criteria for mandatory drug screening that address scientific and administrative standards as well as constitutional safeguards. Resolution 106 (A-86) calls for the AMA to study the problem of testing specific groups of individuals to determine the most effective methods for defining and attacking the problem. Both resolutions were referred to the Board of Trustees.

In partial response to these resolutions, the House of Delegates adopted Council on Scientific Affairs Report J (I-86), which dealt with the scientific issues in drug testing but did not address the legal and constitutional issues.

At the 1986 Interim Meeting, Resolutions 16 and 60 were referred to the Board. Resolution 16 (I-86) asks that the AMA urge all physicians in the United States to agree to undergo voluntary drug testing. Resolution 60 (I86) asks that the AMA urge employers and unions to agree to random