Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Four security guards were terminated from their positions for testing positive for anabolic steroids.
The guards were employed at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. Guards were part of a random drug testing program that tested mainly for Schedule I and II drugs, like cocaine and marijuana. Anabolic steroids are a Schedule III drug and are not typically tested for in average drug tests.
Courtney Henry of Wackenhut said the company began testing some guards for anabolic steroids, a Schedule III drug, "for probable cause." Asked what prompted the tests, Henry said, "We received credible information alleging the SPOs (security police officers) were involved in the activity and tested under our drug-free workplace policy." Use of steroids violates both company policy and Department of Energy policy, she said.