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January 26, 2020

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Drug Testing
Last Featured: 5/17/2004

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Testing is an increasingly popular weapon in the war on drugs with welfare payments, federal financial aid for college and participation in sports and other activities tied to clean test results. Drug warriors believe these measures further drug prevention efforts, while others say they unfairly penalize minorities and the poor. If murderers and rapists are eligible for benefits, why, they ask, do we single out poor kids and their parents and deny them an opportunity to change? But supporters of testing say that change is what this is all about – changing a culture that is mired in a drug-ridden, destructive lifestyle.

Ethan Nadelmann is the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a leading organization promoting alternatives to the war on drugs. Described by Rolling Stone as “the point man” for drug policy reform efforts, Nadelmann is the author of several books on drug policy including Cops Across Borders: The Internationalization of U.S. Criminal Law Enforcement. He received both a law degree and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard as well as a Masters degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Dr. Robert DuPont has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. Among his many contributions to the field is his leadership as the first Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse and as the second White House Drug Chief. In 1978, DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health.. His books include Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs: A Guide for the Family, A Bridge to Recovery: An Introduction to Twelve-Step Programs (written with John P. McGovern, M.D.) and The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction

Closing Quote
"No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. "

— P. J. O'Rourke

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