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Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens
Posted by CN Staff on June 04, 2005 at 18:14:08 PT
By Erica Rodriquez
Source: Miami Herald
Florida -- If school boards institute random drug testing in the public schools, the use of illegal drugs among teens would be sharply reduced, said John Walters, the director of National Drug Control Policy.President Bush's drug czar has called for catching alcohol and drug abuse early in the teen population, particularly by instituting random drug testing.
Random drug screening is an effective measure that local school boards should consider adopting, said John Walters, addressing the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors on Friday in Bal Harbour.''[Random drug testing in public high schools] would dramatically change the face of substance abuse immediately,'' Walters said. Such a policy has been effective in the workforce and the military, he said.``The question is: Why not apply this to young people?''While public schools have free rein to conduct random drug tests at the high-school level, only two counties in Florida have opted to do so: Polk and Marion.In 1998, then Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla tried to launch a drug-testing pilot program in schools, but that effort failed.''We haven't discussed that recently,'' said John Schuster, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.Diaz de la Portilla's move would have paid for testing 5,000 high school students whose parents requested the tests.But the School Board passed a watered-down version of the program, which required consent from the students.Walters said it's ''common sense'' to focus on young people, who are more likely to experiment with drugs or alcohol.Instead of seeing the tests as a punishment to the students, testing should be viewed as a ''public tool,'' he said.''I think this is a new area,'' Walters said. ''There has been a lot of misunderstanding about drug testing in schools,'' he said, adding that he wants to spark school board-level discussion about testing and not push for a federal mandate. Source: Miami Herald (FL)Author: Erica RodriquezPublished: Saturday, June 4, 2005 Copyright: 2005 The Miami HeraldContact: heralded herald.comWebsite: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/ CannabisNews Drug Testing Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/drug_testing.shtml 
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on June 05, 2005 at 08:03:05 PT
Rathbone commenting at DrugWarRant
Apparently, Rathbone, has made a comment over at Pete's DrugWarRant in answer to "DeForest Rathbone speaks... sort of".It could be an imposter or it could be the "Preventionist", himself.DrugWarRanthttp://blogs.salon.com/0002762/Perhaps he's open to debate. But, somehow, I doubt that he, especially if it's actually he, would do anything but hurl insults at anyone who would speak to him there.
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on June 05, 2005 at 07:53:36 PT
or Forbes Jose
http://www.cannabisnews.com/news/thread20750.shtml
"I've long been in favor of legalizing all drugs," he says, but not because of the standard libertarian arguments for unrestricted personal freedom. "Look at the factual consequences: The harm done and the corruption created by these laws...the costs are one of the lesser evils." Not that a man of his years expects reason to triumph. Any added revenues from taxing legal marijuana would almost certainly be more than spent, by this or any other Congress. "Deficits are the only thing that keeps this Congress from spending more" says Friedman. "Republicans are no different from Democrats. Spending is the easiest way to buy votes." A sober assessment indeed. Source: Forbes Magazine (US)
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Published: June 2, 2005
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on June 05, 2005 at 07:39:17 PT
Jose
Have you contacted the ACLU? 
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Comment #1 posted by global_warming on June 05, 2005 at 02:40:02 PT
''I think this is a new area,'' Walters said...
A new era, an era where government thugs assume that everybody is guilty, everybody is abusing drugs or will abuse drugs and therefore must be tested. This could only be dreamed up in a prohibitionists mind.This mindset where everybody is assumed guilty is as much a disease as drug abuse is, and we need to test people to see if they have the prohibitionist gene, then we should force them into treatment.
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