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  •  avsp - I am just curious (3+ / 0-)
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    I had always thought this was a highly competitive low profit business, but I could be wrong. If the states are not awarding these contracts on a low bid basis, that's a different story about corruption, not the drug diagnostics business.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 09:36:09 AM PST

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    •  In a small city near mine (12+ / 0-)

      there were several companies vying for local government business. They all provided not only drug testing, but "independent medical evaluations" of workers comp claims, etc. for local businesses. One of the companies won the low bid contract with the local government and was able to double their workforce on the strength of that contract alone. I don't think there was any corruption, it's just that so many drug tests are required these days-- parolees, juvenile detainees, city transit workers, etc.-- that the volume is where the money is.

      Two of the other companies went out of business when the recession hit, but the one with the government contract is still making a pretty good profit, according to a friend of mine who works there.

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