Drugs in Old Medicine Centuries Ago Long before morphine and marijuana became illegal, many people used these drugs for medicinal purposes. Today, such practices are still in effect, using morphine for pain killers and using “medical marijuana” to treat various illnesses. The use of these substances as drugs has more than turned around over the past century, particularly the past thirty to forty years. The main reason for initiating the illegality of these substances is due to how much they can affect how a person thinks and reasons, even when they appear normal and lucid. Even alcohol has a noticeable effect upon the abuser so that other people are able to tell if someone is not competent to perform their job tasks. In the military, mandatory testing was first initiated before certain personnel would have access to machinery, ships, cargo, freight, secrets, lives, and weapons. Drug screening began in high level military operations, no doubt after such abuse had cost lives and billions of dollars of government resources. Then, it began spreading down to lower personnel, and it eventually was adopted as a legitimate safety practice by companies, and now businesses as small as fifty employees regularly use drug & alcohol testing as part of their evaluation procedures and safety protocol. The primary characteristic of illicit drugs in the practice of medicine for the past few centuries has been the level of mental escape which it provides. Before modern medicine was developed in chemical laboratories to actually cure illnesses, most people had to just watch themselves decay and simply find ways to live with the increasing pain. Today, onsite drug and alcohol screening is used to treat people who abuse this feeling, rather than only using medicine which has been prescribed to help them manage their pain or regulate and stabilize their bodies. For this reason, drug screening is able to do what illicit drugs did back then. It is able to set a limit on the amount of abuse that a body must endure as an illness or injury is processed in the system. Alcohol testing is extremely effective in making sure that people understand that they are allowed to disrespect themselves on their own time, but that the company certainly has respect for itself. Call Mediscreen today to schedule workplace drug testing in your company: (+61) 1300 79 70 40.