Accession Number : ADA304401

Title :   A Conceptual Model for Determining an Optimal Drug Testing Program.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 94-Oct 95,

Corporate Author : NAVY PERSONNEL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s) : Borack, Jules I. ; Mehay, Stephen L.

PDF Url : ADA304401

Report Date : JAN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : A conceptual model for determining an optimal cirug testing policy was developed which compared drug use in the Navy with a demographically equivalent group of civilians. A new measure of drug use, a drug-day, was defmed as a day on which the user could test positive if subjected to drug testing. Algorithms were presented which estimate the deterrence and detection effects of alternative drug testing rates. The cost per drug-day was determined based on the estimated relationship between substance abuse and employee productivity in the civilian sector. Estimated benefits were compared to the cost of drug testing in order to assess the net benefit of drug testing and determine optimal test rates. Preliminary estimates derived from the conceptual model indicated that present levels of Navy drug testing were cost beneficial. Annual net benefits were estimated to exceed $23 million.

Descriptors :   *TEST AND EVALUATION, *OPTIMIZATION, *DRUGS, *URINE, ALGORITHMS, MEASUREMENT, POLICIES, DETECTION, MODELS, NAVY, RATES, ESTIMATES, COSTS, PRODUCTIVITY, CIVILIAN POPULATION, BENEFITS, DRUG ABUSE.

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Sociology and Law
      Pharmacology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE