It's almost too good to be true, and we had no notice of it, but the Georgia legislature recently overwhelmingly
passed drug testing legislation that allows workers to optionally be tested by saliva instead of urine! Here is the story: http://www.thecitizennews.com/node/17595
The implications of this legislature are enormous. Why it happened, we don't know, but it could have been a combination of the Tom Smith case against Catepillar AND the fact that Georgia Pacific, a Fortune 500 company, has switched from urine to saliva testing. And get this - the Chamber of Commerce supported the legislation!! There is even a reference to eliminating the problem of "shy bladder syndrome" as a reason the legislation was passed!!!
The IPA Board is now discussing what to do re: this development. One possibility is to introduce similar legislation on the FEDERAL level. I mean, if Georgia overwhelming passed it, wouldn't it make sense that Congress would too?! It could even be strengthened to make it MANDATORy in the case of shy bladder.
This has been, and continues to be, one of the organization's major priorities. Let's hope that 2008 brings about the absolutely needed change in the ridiculous SAMHSA/HHS regulations, as well as DOT rules, that has made life so difficult for many shy bladder employees.
Steven Soifer, Ph.D., LGSW
IPA Staff and Development Director
Shy Bladder Institute Co-Director