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New York City Transit Authority v. Beazer
Citation:440 U.S. 568 (1979)
The New York City Transit Authority refuses to employ persons who use methadone. The Transit Authority (TA) operates the subway system and certain bus lines in the New York City. It employees about 47,000 persons, of whom many are employed in positions that involve danger to themselves or to the public. TA enforces a general policy against employing persons who use narcotic drugs. Methadone has been used legitimately in several ways such as a pain killer. About 40,000 persons receive methadone maintenance treatment in New York City, of whom about 26,000 participate in the five major public programs. The sole purpose of all these programs is to treat the addiction of persons who have been using heroin for at least two years. The evidence indicates that methadone is an effective cure for the physical aspects of heroin addiction.
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