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Discussion For the first (nearly) two years of the ini-


tiative, the rate (for 21 months) from April 2001 through December 2002 was 14.5 percent of the working population being not drug-free. Over the next 9 years from Janu- ary 2003 through December 2011, 2031 random drug screens were carried out with the employed population on a no notice ba- sis and the average rate for the 9-year period was 2.0 percent being not drug-fee. When looking at only the last 3 years from January 2009 to December 2011, the averaged rate was actually down to only 0.6 percent of the entire workforce being not drug-fee. Meanwhile, the pre-employment rate over


the same 11-year period averaged just under 17 percent. Tis was a measure of outcome for all those claiming to be drug-free as part of their interview knowing full well that Buter- field & Vallis was a Drug Free Workplace and advertised as such in the local newspaper. When interviewed for the local news-


paper, CEO Jim Buterfield alluded to several internal ‘champions’ who have made a 180-degree turnaround each in one’s own life. Te culture has become a merger of employer rights and responsibilities with a


much heavier emphasis on the responsibility end of the vision. Following suit is the em- ployee set of responsibilities with the rights portion taking a lower level of atention knowing the new culture calls for shared responsibility for a drug free workplace and that it is constantly a choice to remain drug- free . . . to continue to choose remaining at this “Best Workplace” in Bermuda rather than to choose using drugs. It’s all about choice, mutual respect, and mutual support for keeping this workplace thriving.


For More Information, call or write: Jim Buterfield CEO Buterfield & Vallis Woodlands Road, Pembroke Bermuda Phone: 1-441-295-3434 e-mail: jbuterfield@bv.bm


Vaughn Mosher Managing Director Benedict Associates Ltd. 69 Front Street, Hamilton Bermuda Phone: 1-441-295-2070 e-mail: vmosher@logic.bm


References 1


Breen, Marcia (2012). “12 years of drug testing has lifted morale at Butterfield & Vallis.” 22 May 2012: The Royal Gazette Web. 2013


The author was born in the United States and attended Boston College, Harvard Univer- sity, and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health where he received a master’s degree in Social Psychology and Behavioral Health respectively. As a Hopkins profes- sional, he interned at Veterans Hospitals Central Office in Washington as well as NIAAA in Bethesda, Md., and finally in Bermuda where he researched the Nature of Alcoholism in Bermuda, an epidemiological look at the incidence and prevalence of the disease. As a result of that study, Mosher developed the first national treatment initiative for Bermuda’s alcoholism control efforts in 1978. In 1985 he founded Benedict Associates Ltd. and is currently the managing director, which is a pri- vate enterprise providing employee assistance and private psychological services to local and international companies based in Ber- muda. Drug-free initiatives have been created for workplaces, sports, and the government’s drug free leadership program for the ruling party in Parliament.


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