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Media Advisory
May 8, 2006
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Contact: Public Affairs Office
(850) 488-0420

Department of Corrections to
Expand Employee Drug Testing Program

Tallahassee - Secretary James McDonough and his senior leadership team are taking the first drug tests under the Department's expanded drug testing program, to be announced during a press conference Tuesday.

The Department will begin random drug testing for all certified officers, senior management and other employees. The ground-breaking program, which includes steroid testing, takes a comprehensive approach to ensuring a drug-free workplace.

Invited participants and representatives include: Bill Janes, Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control; Jim Baiardi, Vice President of the Florida Police Benevolent Association; Barbara Lumpkin, R.N., Associate Executive Director of the Florida Nurses Association, as well as representatives from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

A demonstration of the Department's Drug Detection Canine Units will also take place.

What: Employee Drug Testing Expansion Press Conference
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Florida Department of Corrections Central Office
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL
Contact: Robby Cunningham