Only five of 562 people have failed since mandatory drug testing began for people who want to receive training funded by the Workforce Investment Act.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order in April requiring the tests. WorkForce West Virginia said that between July 16, when the tests began, and Dec. 6:
* 562 people were tested;
* five tests were positive;
* three individuals were scheduled for a test but canceled the appointment; and
* one person refused to be tested.
Asked why such a small percentage of people have failed the test, WorkForce West Virginia spokeswoman Courtney Sisk said, "Individuals may elect not to participate in the program if they know they cannot pass a drug screen."
In July it was reported that WorkForce Acting Director Russell Fry told a state legislative commission that because the test results are confidential, he couldn't say whether any of the 14 people who had been tested during the program's first week had been rejected for training due to a failed drug test.
Asked what changed to make the data available now, Sisk said in a prepared statement that WorkForce "receives aggregate information from the test vendor, so we know numbers but not names. The test results are mailed directly to the individual, not WorkForce West Virginia."