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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Michael D. Crews, Secretary

Drug Testing

Random Drug Testing

Random Drug Test Results In FY 2002-03
 
Valid
Tests
Negtive
Tests

Positive
Tests
Positive
Rate
Drug Test Positive
Alcohol
Cannabis
Cocaine
Opiates
Other
Total
Random
42,231
41,448
783
1.85%
0
753
39
6
8
806
For Cause
7,091
5,549
1,542
21.75%
29
1,460
100
11
15
1,615
* Inmates can test positive for more than one drug.

The Department's Inmate Drug Testing Unit currently oversees the inmate random drug testing program, substance abuse program drug testing and “for cause” drug testing for all correctional facilities statewide. Inmates are chosen for random and substance abuse program drug testing based upon a random computer-generated selection system. Selection of inmates for “for cause” drug testing is based upon reasonable suspicion of involvement with drugs or alcohol. Drug testing enables the department to detect and identify inmates using illicit drugs, including abuse of prescription drugs and/or alcohol. Furthermore, the role of drug testing has been recognized as highly effective in identifying those who have substance abuse problems, getting them into treatment, and monitoring them during the treatment process.

The Office of the Inspector General conducts unannounced drug interdiction operations by searching employees, visitors, inmates, vehicles and areas on department grounds for contraband.

This section of the 2002-03 Annual Report is also provided as an Adobe Acrobat file. Acrobat Reader, a free program is required. Download the 1 page section (42K PDF file) for printing or viewing.

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