A Legit Concern On Drug Testing
Posted by Childress on June 19, 2006
Random drug tests in Australia will include saliva samples starting next month. It's designed to increase tests for drug use by drivers — but it's likely to have the unintended consequence of encouraging ecstasy use.
Ecstasy is not detectible in the saliva tests Australia will be using, so doctors there are expressing concern. Here's Dr. David Caldicott, a research fellow at the Royal Adelaide Hospital:
This is something that's a source of tremendous concern to doctors as to the medical implications of legislation regarding testing for drugs, in that it may move the entire drug use away from easily tested drugs to ones which, number one, can't be that easily tested for and, number two, ones which are actually more dangerous.
As a mild hallucigen, Ecstasy can distort a driver's perception. It has been blamed in many traffic accidents and deaths, so this well-intentioned Australian law should be reconsidered.