Story by Richard Cusick
Late at night, a small crew of gray-souled technicians quietly scatter throughout your workspace. With small chemical wands, they swab phone cradles, keyboards, faucets, and doorknobs, tag and bag the evidence, then head to the lab, where they test for trace amounts of a variety of drugs. Not surprisingly, marijuana is discovered in the test results.
While the presence of an illicit substance on a desktop proves nothing by itself, your company still uses the positive results as an excuse to institute a random drug-testing program. Though management has urine-tested employees for years, this new form of drug-screening will certainly be regarded by employees as more invasive.
It gets worse: Within weeks, a biometric eye scanner replaces the time clock. This machine not only fulfills the old timecard function, it hooks into state-of-art pupillometry software that indicates impairment in eight different drug categories, including depressants, stimulants, opiates, inhalants, and, of course, marijuana.
Employees who occupy the workspace where trace amounts of pot were first discovered will also be required to submit a two-inch hair sample for further analysis. A small lock of hair provides a window into a subject’s private life for the last three months. In the 21st century, eyes will tell if you’re stoned at work and hair will reveal if you’re getting high at home.