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WINN-DIXIE EXPANDS DRUG TESTING PROGRAM; NOW MOST EXTENSIVE AMONG AMERICA'S RETAILERS

 WINN-DIXIE EXPANDS DRUG TESTING PROGRAM;
 NOW MOST EXTENSIVE AMONG AMERICA'S RETAILERS
 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In a press conference today, Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. announced plans to expand its drug testing program to all of its stores throughout the Southeast, strengthening its commitment to a drug-free workplace. Winn-Dixie is now the largest retail company in America to implement such an extensive program. The announcement was made jointly by James Kufeldt, President of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., and Michael McNulty, vice president of corporate testing programs at SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories.
 "Illegal drugs will not be tolerated in our company," said Kufeldt. "Our goal is to achieve a drug-free workplace which we believe will provide a more pleasant, safe environment for our customers and our associates."
 All Winn-Dixie management-level associates -- from chairman of the board to location manager -- will be drug-tested between now and June 30. All applicants for positions in the company will be drug- tested prior to hiring. All current associates will be tested prior to promotion to management positions, and drug tests will be conducted in cases of reasonable suspicion, following all work-related injuries, and after accidents involving a company vehicle. In addition, Winn-Dixie will continue its policy of randomly testing 50 percent of its truck drivers annually.
 Winn-Dixie began drug testing in November 1988, in its warehouses and among its truck drivers. The program led to fewer accidents and injuries and a decrease in positive drug tests among its associates. Pleased with the results, Winn-Dixie began a storewide pilot program in its Texas Division in February 1991.
 Now with this expansion, the entire company will undergo routine, mandatory drug testing. The company estimates it will conduct between 150,000-200,000 drug tests next year, testing for marijuana metabolite, cocaine metabolite, opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), amphetamines, and barbiturates.
 Winn-Dixie selected SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories to conduct the drug tests because of the company's extensive experience and conveniently located certified collection sites throughout the Southeast, which, according to Kufeldt, matched up well with Winn-Dixie stores, offices and warehouses, making the drug testing process convenient for associates and applicants.
 "At SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories, we understand the complexity and sensitivity of drug testing, and we know how to work with companies and their associates," said McNulty. "Winn-Dixie is taking the initiative to do something proactive for its associates and for the community, and we're glad we could become a part of it."
 "We're responding to a serious societal issue," said Kufeldt. "Illegal drugs are a devastating problem throughout the country, and they are having a negative impact on the workplace in general."
 According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, employees who use drugs are 2.5 times more likely to have absences of eight days or more, 3.6 times more likely to injure themselves or another person in a workplace accident, 5 times more likely to be involved in an accident off the job -- which in turn, affects attendance or performance on the job -- as well as 5 times more likely to file a Workers' Compensation claim and one-third less productive. The facts further show that substance abuse costs American society in excess of $135 billion annually.
 "We believe that our program will help us realize greater productivity, less absenteeism, and fewer accidents which will result in overall savings for our company," said Kufeldt. "At Winn-Dixie, we are concerned about cutting down on accidents, hiring excellent new associates, and providing a drug-free environment, and we believe this program will help us meet these objectives."
 Winn-Dixie is one of the nation's largest supermarket retailers, with 1,194 stores in 13 Southeastern and Southwestern states. SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories is a unit of SmithKline Beecham, a leader in drug testing.
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 /CONTACT: Mickey Clerc, vice president/director of advertising of Winn-Dixie Stores, 904-783-5409/
 (WIN) CO: Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.; SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories ST: Florida IN: REA SU:


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