Drug Testing Industry Capitalize on Court Decision

  Drug Testing Industry Capitalize on Court Decision

Posted by CN Staff on July 17, 2002 at 14:07:03 PT
News Advisory 
Source: U.S. Newswire 

The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association will be met with protests and street theater tomorrow at the Hyatt Regency at 5 p.m., as the interest group holds a workshop outlining ways to profit from the Supreme Court's recent decision that drug tests of students involved in extracurricular activities, and not suspected of drug use, do not violate students' privacy. Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a national organization with over 200 high school and college chapters nationwide, and others will gather to express their concerns that mandatory urine testing is a violation of students' 4th amendment right to freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and that random drug tests are not an effective deterrent to harmful substance abuse. 
WHO:  Darrell Rogers, Students for Sensible Drug Policy Kris Krane, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Bruce Mirken, Marijuana Policy Project Ron Crickenberger and Marc Brandl, Libertarian Party Alex Koroknay-Palicz, National Youth Rights Association Dave Guard, the Drug Reform Coordination Network WHAT:   Street Theater and Protests of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association's Workshop on Implementing Student Drug Testing WHEN:  Thursday, July, 18th, 2002 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. WHERE:  Hyatt Regency, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC "We hope that schools will resist the lobby of the drug testing industry and pass up the Court's invitation to drug test students who aren't suspected of drug use," says Darrell Rogers, Outreach Coordinator of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. "We suggest that any money schools consider putting into drug testing go instead to after-school activities. Why waste money trying to prevent kids from participating in after-school activities, when we know that kids who spend their time in these programs are less likely to use drugs?" Some reasons Students for Sensible Drug Policy opposes drug testing in our schools: I -- Marijuana is the drug that is the easiest to detect, therefore students may turn to alcohol or hard drugs to avoid detection. Alcohol is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., killing over 100,000 people a year, a staggering figure compared to the number of people marijuana kills annually: 0. II -- A positive drug test does not indicate when a student was impaired or intoxicated, nor does it indicate how often the student uses drugs or alcohol, or how much they use. Therefore, tests do not provide information relevant to helping students with problems of alcohol or drug use. Contact: Darrell Rogers, 202-293-4414 Shawn Heller, 202-903-6329 both of Students for a Sensible Drug PolicyComplete Title: Drug Testing Industry Capitalizes on Supreme Court Decision, Says Student Group; DATIA Workshop Met with Protests Source: U.S. NewswirePublished: July 17, 2002Copyright: 2002 U.S. Newswire Website: Articles & Web Sites:SSDP -- -- -- Libertarian Party -- Policy Project -- Youth Rights Association -- Drug Testing Archives --

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Comment #7 posted by Hope on July 18, 2002 at 14:42:20 PT
qqqq said, "next,,we will see government subsidies to schools to cover the cost of drug testing."Excerpt from post to DPFT list:
(I believe this was forwarded from a DATIA press release or mailing...not sure which.)
Subject: Rep. Peterson to Announce School Urine Testing Bill 7/18 at DATIA/DFAF conference
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman John Peterson (R-PA/5) will announce
  legislation tomorrow that seeks to provide school districts with
  the necessary financial and technical assistance to develop and
  implement random drug testing policies.  Peterson, a long-time drug testing advocate, will discuss his
  upcoming legislation during the keynote speech at a forum sponsored
  by the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA)
  tomorrow -- Thursday, July 18, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on
  Capitol Hill. Peterson will speak at 8:30 a.m., following
  registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m.  With the recent Supreme Court decision allowing schools to
  implement random drug testing programs for students participating
  in extra-curricular activities, DATIA is hosting the 1-day training
  workshop in order to provide schools and communities with the tools
  necessary to develop and maintain effective drug testing programs.
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Comment #6 posted by qqqq on July 18, 2002 at 06:13:43 PT about BIG money!...
....ya got the 'good ol' boy network,,,who have adjusted their portfolios to include many shares of stocks in certain companies...The loot is bountiful,,for both the corporations who manufacture the test kits,,but also for the labs that test the samples.....This is BIG money,,,and it's almost virtually guaranteed to be a goldmine for the select,,we will see government subsidies to schools to cover the cost of drug testing,{.if we havnt already(?)].......yes...the government/empire will have no problem comin' up with the funds to pay for drug long until we have random "Terror testing".,??,where students are interviewed by homeland security officers,and are judged on their attitudes,and demeanor..?....Random Homeland Security Assessment!....or. :Random Assessment Security Test Acheivement,,,or RASTA..!......
..I dont know about anyone else,,but I cant believe the shit that's actually happening nowdays!
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Comment #5 posted by mayan on July 17, 2002 at 17:14:35 PT
Cynthia McKinney
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Comment #4 posted by BGreen on July 17, 2002 at 17:13:35 PT
Schools pay for their students to take these surveys, and the Gov't passed a federal law which uses the PRIDE survey as a basis for determining the effectiveness of White House drug policy.
PRIDE Surveys Order Form
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Comment #3 posted by AOLBites on July 17, 2002 at 16:57:01 PT:
The key selling features designed into the IMPACT Test System are:Rapid test results (approximately 5 minutes) 
Non-invasive sample collection 
Transportable, inexpensive instrument 
Hard copy results 
Simultaneous Chemistry/Immunoassay testing 
Completely Automated Process 
No sample handling 
Eliminates sample adulteration problems 
On-the-spot results 
 The benefits of these design features include:The "real time" availability of results provide for immediate management of the individual being tested. 
The test can be performed by non-technical personnel (CLIA waivable). 
No needle or finger sticks are required. 
Invasion of privacy issues as in urine sample collection are eliminated. 
The test can be performed with laboratory quality results in remote locations. 
The process is completely automated and results are documented for legal defensibility. 
The product allows for the simultaneous detection of both ethanol and drugs. 
Test values reflect the biological accuracy of blood, and provide "under the influence" results for drugs and alcohol. 
Saliva drug test can reveal the presence of pharmacologically active drug in an individual at the time of testing. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on July 17, 2002 at 15:55:17 PT

News Brief from The Associated Press
Jeb Bush: Daughter Failed Treatment 

By DAVID ROYSE, Associated Press Writer 
JULY 17, 2002

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Jeb Bush's 24-year-old daughter Noelle was jailed Wednesday for not meeting the conditions of a court-ordered drug treatment plan. 

According to jailhouse records, Bush was sentenced to three days behind bars in Orlando for contempt of court. 

Noelle Bush was arrested in January at a pharmacy drive-through window for allegedly trying to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax with a fraudulent prescription. She was admitted to a drug treatment center in February, with the possibility the charges would be dropped if she completed the program. 

It was not immediately clear how she violated the conditions of the program. 

Her father sent an e-mail to reporters notifying them of his daughter's lapse. 

``My family is saddened to share that our daughter Noelle has not abided by the conditions of her drug court treatment plan,'' Bush said. ``Unfortunately, this happens to many individuals even as they continue their journey to full recovery. 

``There are consequences for every action we take in our lives, and as her parents, Columba and I wish we could have prevented our daughter from making the wrong choices.'' 

The governor added: ``We love Noelle, but she is an adult, and I respect the role of the courts in carrying out our state's drug treatment policies.'' 
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Comment #1 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on July 17, 2002 at 15:27:17 PT

On another note
Teen Drug, Alcohol Use Hits Low:  Hmmm. The lowest level in years - but the 12th grade heroin levels stay the same, and didn't I hear just a year or two ago that 12th grade heroin usage was as high as they had ever seen it? Hmmm. And didn't I hear that substance usage had increased since 9/11, at least in the short term?  I never believe the government's figures, of course - they've lied to me too many times. But if it IS true - how come we can lower kids' alcohol usage without locking up adults for the same behaviour, yet the concept of doing the same with cannabis seems revolutionary...
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