Pubdate: Wed, 10 Apr 2002
Source: Pensacola News Journal (FL)
Copyright: 2002 The Pensacola News Journal
Author: John Chase


In reference to "Deputy innocent in drug theft," March 24:

Not meaning to quibble, but when testing for drug "abuse" one 
measures degree of impairment.

A urine test - which I assume was the one used on Mr. West - tests 
for drug "use." The beclouding of these two words is part of official 
U.S. anti-drug policy to demonize the users of certain drugs, but not 
others. If we were living in the 1920s the News Journal staff 
reporters would be writing of my alcohol "abuse," because I drink an 
occasional beer. - John Chase, Palm Harbor
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