Officials Troubled by Failed Drug Tests of Job Applicants

Area officials say companies looking to fill positions are having a tough time finding individuals who can pass a drug test.

Annie Short, a grant coordinator for Healthiest Manitowoc County 2020, said based on discussions with employers, some are seeing as many as half of potential employees fail the drug test, preventing them from being hired.

Healthiest Manitowoc County 2020 is a community-based initiative seeking to make positive changes in the health status of Manitowoc County by 2020. Most of the companies that are reporting failed drug tests are in the manufacturing industry, but Short said that could be because that’s where much of the hiring is occurring right now.