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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 Accordance with (F.S. 944.473(1)) for FY 2005-06
Type of Test Valid Tests Negative Tests Positive Tests Positive Rate Drug Test Positive
Alcohol Cannabis Cocaine Opiates Other Total*
Random 48,327 47,243 1,084 2.2% 0 1,033 44 14 13 1,104
For Cause 6,355 4,929 1,426 22.4% 33 1,313 88 16 15 1,465
*Inmates can test positive for more than one drug.

The Inmate Drug Testing Unit 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 at random for 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. Drug testing has been recognized as highly effective in identifying offenders 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.

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