Posted September 15, 2019 09:47:08The tests are coming home to New York and will now be administered at a local pharmacy, according to the state’s Department of Health.
The state said it was working with pharmacists and a local testing lab to help people who have worked for the Milwaukee County Department of Public Works (MCDWP) for at least five years and have not had a positive drug test.
MCDLP workers have been told they can test for the presence of methamphetamine, a stimulant commonly used in the US, and fentanyl.
It is unclear how long workers have to test or how often they will be tested.
They will also be required to complete a written report that details the tests results, the department said.
“We appreciate all the support the public has shown and are confident that the test results will help provide a greater understanding of the issue and the issues that impact our county’s workforce,” the department’s website said.
Workers in the county’s healthcare sector, including nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare workers, will now undergo random drug testing, the health department said in a statement.
Drug testing was previously mandatory for certain public employees, such as teachers, county workers, and some public defenders.
The tests have also been linked to increases in overdose deaths.
Since the tests began, at least nine people in the Milwaukee area have died from drug overdoses, including a man who died of an overdose in October.
On Wednesday, the MCDWP announced it was ending the drug testing process.
There are currently more than 700 people employed by the department.
In a statement, the union representing MCDLP employees said the drug tests were “an unnecessary expense” and an “unnecessary and costly distraction” for employees.
But the county has not been able to get the tests to work as quickly as they had hoped.
More than 1,300 people have tested positive for fentanyl, the drug often used in heroin, and 1,500 workers are under investigation for drug use, the Department of Justice said.