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1US: Ga. Lawmaker Wants To Drug Test The UnemployedFri, 21 Jul 2017
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Hallerman, Tamar Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:07/21/2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter is reviving a fight over drug testing that could have major implications in Georgia.

The Pooler Republican introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Thursday that would let states screen unemployment insurance applicants for drug use if they so choose.

"Unemployment Insurance recipients should be drug-free and ready to reenter the workforce and my legislation works to make that happen," Carter said in a statement.

Under Carter's legislation, an applicant would be denied unemployment benefits for 30 days if they test positive for drug use. A second positive test would bar people from receiving the federal perk for the rest of the year.

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2 US FL: Real-Time Drug Tests At Music Festivals Show 'Molly' OftenWed, 12 Jul 2017
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:Cha, Ariana Eunjung Area:Florida Lines:94 Added:07/14/2017

'MOLLY'

Scientists, public health experts and volunteers working with them have started to show up at music festivals, concerts, raves and other public gatherings where illicit drugs are frequently used. Equipped with special chemical testing kits, they help attendees test pills and powder for purity in real time so people can make better informed decisions about whether to take them.

The practice - more common in Europe than in the United States - is controversial, and the debate has been similar to the early days of needle-exchange programs in the 1980s. Proponents argue harm reduction. They say people are more likely to reject taking drugs to get high if the substances do not contain what they think they do, which reduces the risk of overdose and other harmful effects. Critics say such programs implicitly encourage the use of illegal drugs.

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3 US: Editorial: Gov. Walker Would Drug Test The PoorWed, 31 May 2017
Source:New York Times (NY)          Area:United States Lines:52 Added:05/31/2017

As he prepares to run for a third term, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, ever the devotee of low-road, right-wing politicking, is hoping the Trump administration will allow his state to be the first in the nation to mandate the drug screening of childless individuals who apply for Medicaid help.

"It borders on immoral," Lena Taylor, a Democratic state senator, warned, accusing Mr. Walker of indulging in a "meaningless contest to see how cruel and discriminatory we can be to the poor."

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4 CN ON: TTC Suspends Two Workers On First Day Of Drug TestingThu, 11 May 2017
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Spurr, Benn Area:Ontario Lines:130 Added:05/15/2017

CEO says results 'concerning' but justify transit agency's push for substance abuse checks

Well that didn't take long.

Two TTC employees have been suspended for being impaired on the job after they both failed tests on the first day of the transit agency's new random drug and alcohol testing program.

The first employee given a breathalyzer that morning blew over the limit, according to agency spokesperson Brad Ross. The employee was found to have a blood alcohol level of more than .04 per cent, which the TTC considers impaired.

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5CN ON: Drug Test Slower, Not As Reliable As Alcohol Breath TestFri, 14 Apr 2017
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Spears, Tom Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/19/2017

Testing to see who's too stoned to drive is a cumbersome system that results in few convictions, says a law professor who has studied cannabis impairment.

The federal Liberals have tabled legislation to legalize marijuana while having severe penalties for drug-impaired driving. But Robert Solomon of Western University says that enforcement of laws involving pot and driving can be difficult.

First, forget about a handy roadside breath test like the test for alcohol, he advises.

"There is some preliminary research indicating that a breath test can be developed for cannabis. It's slow, expensive and not yet reliable," he said. "So we're a long way from a breath test for cannabis ... (despite) some promoters out there who have been touting miraculous, easy, cheap" breath tests.

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6 CN ON: RMC Blind Drug Test Called 'Good Assessment'Thu, 09 Feb 2017
Source:Kingston Whig-Standard (CN ON) Author:Crosier, Steph Area:Ontario Lines:105 Added:02/14/2017

Despite a completely clean campus always being the goal, top brass at Royal Military College are pleased with the results of a blind drug test conducted in mid-October that weren't exactly perfect.

"Having now tangible, fact-based information is really great. It gives us a good assessment of the current situation," Brig.-Gen. Sean Friday, commandant of RMC, told the Whig-Standard on Wednesday. "The whole idea of a blind drug test is so that we can get actual information to see if our [Canadian Armed Forces] drug control program at large is succeeding or not."

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7 CN NS: Saliva Needed For Roadside Drug TestsFri, 20 Jan 2017
Source:Metro (Halifax, CN NS) Author:Ryan, Haley Area:Nova Scotia Lines:59 Added:01/23/2017

Police forces in Canada testing out devices over February

Next time you come across a police checkpoint in Halifax, you might be asked to help test a roadside drug-screening device.

Halifax Regional Police (HRP) began a new Public Safety Canada pilot project a week and half ago, and have until the end of February to collect 100 saliva samples from anyone who'd like to anonymously volunteer for the testing in a regular traffic stop.

"This is for us. It's not about any of the public, it's about how user-friendly are these devices for the police at roadside," Const. Kristine Fraser of the HRP traffic unit said Thursday. "If you say 'um, no,' (it's) 'okay, thank you for your time,' and you drive away.'"

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8US WI: Schools Want Input On Expanding Drug TestingWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:McMahon, Todd Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:01/04/2017

A recommendation by state Rep. Joel Kleefisch would have parents request their high school students be tested for illegal drugs.

Students drive out of the parking lot at the end of the school day at De Pere High School on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Students who have parking permits at the school are subjected to random drug testing throughout the school year.(Photo: Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wi)

GREEN BAY - Rep. Joel Kleefisch had a ready response for lawmakers and school administrators who were quick to speak out against a proposal late last year for statewide random drug testing in high schools.

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9 US MO: Mandatory Drug Testing At Missouri Technical College IsWed, 04 Jan 2017
Source:Kansas City Star (MO) Author:Williams, Mara Rose Area:Missouri Lines:40 Added:01/04/2017

Mandatory drug testing of students at a two-year technical college in Linn, Mo., has been banned by a federal appeals court.

The court has reinstated the ban on mandatory drug testing for most students at the State Technical College of Missouri. The decision was the latest ruling in a 5-year-old lawsuit.

The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Associated Press reported that by a 9-2 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit overturned an earlier decision by a three-judge panel of the court.

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10US NJ: Drug Testing To Launch In Lacey Twp. Middle SchoolTue, 27 Dec 2016
Source:Asbury Park Press (NJ) Author:Oglesby, Amanda Area:New Jersey Lines:Excerpt Added:12/27/2016

Lacey Township Middle School is one of the first in the region to drug test middle school students. Here's why.

LACEY -- Middle schoolers here are among the first in the region to take part in a random drug testing program that could shape the battle against drug abuse.

Superintendent Craig Wigley said the program is ready to launch after New Year's, and he expects about 100 of the middle school's roughly 700 students to participate.

Parents must enroll their seventh- and eighth-graders in order to take part in the voluntary program, under which students who fail a random drug test would be removed from sports and extracurricular activities for 10 days after the first offense, 45 days after the second offense, and longer for a third offense.

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11 CN BC: First Nation To Implement Voluntary Drug TestingThu, 13 Oct 2016
Source:Globe and Mail (Canada) Author:Dhillon, Sunny Area:British Columbia Lines:96 Added:10/17/2016

A B.C. First Nation says it will implement a voluntary drug and alcohol testing program for its chief, council and staff to combat substance abuse in the northern community.

Chief Wilf Adam of the Lake Babine Nation said he will be the first person tested when the program is up and running in the coming weeks.

"I think it's important as a community that the leadership and the people that work for the community help find ways in battling drugs and alcohol," he said in an interview on Wednesday.

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12 UK: Secret Garden Party Praised After Pioneering Drug TestingMon, 25 Jul 2016
Source:Cambridge Evening News (UK) Author:White, Charles Area:United Kingdom Lines:62 Added:07/26/2016

Music festival Secret Garden Party allowed people carrying illegal narcotics to test the quality and strength of the drugs over the weekend.

The pioneering scheme had the support of local police, and was run by the drugs charity The Loop. Thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, the project appears to have been a success.

Festival-goers were able to have their stash tested without handing over the rest. It was reported that over 200 people had their drugs tested. Finding over 80 suspect substances, over a quarter was disposed of after testing. The Transform Drugs Policy Foundation, who assisted in the scheme, claimed that it was an attempt to "undo the damage the War on Drugs had done."

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13 CN ON: LTE: TTC's Random Drug Tests Are JustifiedWed, 27 Apr 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Eudore, Paul Area:Ontario Lines:26 Added:04/28/2016

Re: This isn't the better way, Editorial April 25

The operation of a public transit vehicle by an impaired person presents an immediate, clear and present mortal danger to the operator, the passengers and, in the case of a bus or street car, to the public in general. The loss of a single human life is too high a price to pay for any individual's privacy.

Random testing offers both prevention and deterrence. TTC management is doing the right thing.

Paul Eudore, Toronto

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14 CN ON: TTC Moves Forward On Random Drug TestingTue, 19 Apr 2016
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Sachgau, Oliver Area:Ontario Lines:88 Added:04/20/2016

CEO Tells Workers Arbitration On Issue Was 'taking Far Too Long' To Finish

After years of being stuck in arbitration, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is moving ahead on random alcohol and drug testing of its employees.

In a letter to employees sent Monday morning, TTC CEO Andy Byford said the TTC board approved the funding for random drug testing at its March 23 board hearing.

The TTC, which continues to see "instances of impairment while at work," according to Byford, will also be asking the Ontario government to make random drug testing mandatory for public transit agencies.

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15 CN ON: Drug Test Probe Puts 15 Local Adoptions On HoldFri, 05 Feb 2016
Source:Record, The (Kitchener, CN ON) Author:Weidner, Johanna Area:Ontario Lines:64 Added:02/09/2016

Provincial commission reviewing flawed Motherisk analyses spanning decade

WATERLOO REGION - Fifteen adoptions are on hold in Waterloo Region in the wake of flawed drug tests being reviewed by a provincial commission.

"It's a really difficult situation for all those involved," said Tina Metcalfe, spokesperson for Family and Children's Services of the Waterloo Region.

For the children, she said, "they've already been through so much, so it's a challenging situation for the children and their families."

An Ontario government report released in December on the Motherisk Drug Testing Laboratory at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children concluded hair analysis done by the hospital was "inadequate and unreliable" for use in child protection and criminal proceedings.

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16 US SD: Plan Requiring Drug Tests for Welfare Fails in CommitteeThu, 28 Jan 2016
Source:Sioux City Journal (IA) Author:Nord, James Area:South Dakota Lines:55 Added:01/31/2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota measure that would require adult welfare applicants under age 65 to pass drug tests before receiving food stamps or cash assistance failed in a House committee Thursday.

The Health and Human Services committee voted not to send the measure to the House floor. Under the plan, welfare applicants who tested positive would have been barred from receiving such benefits for a year.

Rep. Lynne DiSanto, a Republican from Rapid City who sponsored the bill, said she wanted to create accountability for welfare recipients and that such testing could deter drug users from seeking public assistance or encourage them to get sober.

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17US CA: Editorial: Police Field Drug Test Kits UnreliableFri, 29 Jan 2016
Source:Orange County Register, The (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:01/29/2016

A growing body of evidence demonstrates that the inexpensive field drug test kits that police use to test substances found on people are highly unreliable, resulting in arrests - and, sometimes, convictions - - of innocent people with harmless substances.

Last year, a Minnesota man spent more than two months in jail because a bag of vitamins in his car was determined to be amphetamines by a police field drug test. A Florida man pulled over for an expired tag in 2009 ended up spending three months in jail - losing his job, his apartment and his car, which the police auctioned off while he was incarcerated - after an officer said the mints the man was chewing tested positive for crack cocaine.

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18 Australia: Every Cop Car Is A Potential Drug TestSat, 23 Jan 2016
Source:Northern Star (Australia) Author:Gulbin, Melissa Area:Australia Lines:65 Added:01/24/2016

But Cannabis Users Say They Are Avoiding Detection

POLICE have warned Northern Rivers cannabis users that every police car is a potential drug testing unit.

But cannabis users say they are outsmarting mobile drug swab tests by swigging vinegar, gargling mouthwash, drinking chocolate milk and chewing on vitamin C.

Thousands of people are using Facebook groups to avoid roadside drug tests.

With one in four Northern Rivers motorists testing positive for cannabis between April and December 2015 an average of 141 positive tests every month literally thousands of residents have taken to social media to prevent detection.

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