To volunteer at the St. Joseph County Public Library, you need a police check and a drug test. I came very close this afternoon to deciding that it wasn't worth the hassle.
Last week I was interviewed by the head librarian and an assistant. My references were called to see if I worked well with others. They were taking no chances! Today I went downtown and signed permission for a police check and a drug test. The drug test had to be done within 24 hours so I headed out to the Clinic for Occupational Medicine immediately, drinking warmish water out of my water bottle all the way.
The sign on the door of the clinic gave me a clue about what was to come. " If you are here for a drug test, once you enter, you cannot leave the clinic." I signed another form and had to relinquish my ID. I sat in a very spartan waiting room with a noisy TV. I was definitely the oldest client. After about 15 minutes, I was called in, given my ID after they made sure I matched the photo, and was told to put my purse in a locker and take the key with me.
After all of that, I was a bit intimidated and found it impossible to comply--even for 1/2 inch in a little cup. I tried to get psychological help from running water in the sink but the sink was turned off. Were they worried I would dilute the speciman?
I told the aides that I was ready to forget it. They said to try again in ten minutes and they would put a basin in the toilet that time. After another wait, success!
I understand that there are many ways to beat the system with drug testing and that safeguards are necessary. I will try to take the attitude that it was an interesting experience and a glimpse into another way of life.
Now to see if I pass!