Boston Firefighters pass first round of drug/alcohol testing

The Boston Globe is reporting that 50 Boston firefighters have passed the first round of drug and alcohol testing.

Testing began on September 23 when 20 firefighters were randomly selected from 3 firehouses.  On day one, Commissioner Roderick Fraser joined the firefighters in Charlestown for the testing.

Alcohol results were available immediately while drug tests were sent to Occupational Drug Testing LLC to test for marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, opiates, and alcohol. If firefighters test positive, they are suspended without pay for 30 days and must complete a treatment program to return to the force. A second positive allows for dismissal.

The results were released to the Globe after they filed a freedom of information request. The department initially refused to release the results due to concerns over the privacy of the firefighters.

The Globe article did not explain whether the results they were given included firefighters names.

About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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