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Effectiveness of Laboratory Drug Testing
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Urine tests are unreliable. The public is told that they are scientific. But in operation they can’t stand up to scrutiny. Don’t trust their results. A test of the testers conducted by the government’s Center for Disease Control in Atlanta found: “…one of thirteen labs given cocaine-spiked urine gave totally correct results. Five of thirteen failed to find the drug in any of 34 spiked samples each lab received. On the other hand, the labs somehow detected cocaine in as many as 6%, and amphetamines in tip to 37% of urine specimens that were ‘blank’ - those containing no drugs at all.” In the April 26, 1985 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Hugh Hansen reported… Read More
Types of Screens Being Used To Test For Drugs
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EMIT This is the most widely used test by employers because of its low cost. More than 95% of employers use this as an initial test. Manufactured by the Syva company, its accuracy is so suspect that the company itself recommends a more refined GC-MS test to confirm positive results. Because many employers don’t want to spend the $100 to $150 dollars charged for the GC-MS, employees have been fired on the results of the EMIT test alone. Courts have ruled that repetition of the EMIT test does not constitute confirmation of a positive drug finding. This test does not measure drugs in the urine directly. Rather, a reagent is added to the urine sample to bind with the metabolite… Read More
Big Brother & Hair Follicle Drug Testing
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When Jack Dufficy, warden for Pennsylvania’s newly built Pike County prison, began hiring correctional officers and other personnel, he insisted that they all take hair-follicle tests for drug use. Dufficy told the prison’s board of directors that it was a foolproof test to detect any of several drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines and PCP. “In a urinalysis test, if somebody cleanses their body by abstaining for four or five days, their use of drugs would not be evident. In a hair test, we can get a history of drug use for up to three months prior to the test,” he said. Hair-follicle testing is the new rage among the Big Brothers of corporate and government power to weed out… Read More
Hair Follicle Drug Testing
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Chaparral Steel Co. was dissatisfied with its employee drug testing program. Urinalysis revealed only if drugs had been used within days of the test — and there was always a concern about cheating. “It got to the point that the guys had to go to the bathroom with a nurse looking through the window,” said Victor Swaim, protective services supervisor for the Midlothian, Texas-based company. So the steelmaker hired Psychemedics Corp., a company that uses hair samples to test for drugs. With the Cambridge-based company’s system, Chaparral could learn if employees had used drugs within the past three months. And, Swain said, workers were happy to be spared the humiliation of urinalysis. By courting companies like Chaparral, Psychemedics is hoping… Read More
Drug Testing & Hemp Products
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Drug testing poses a major potential problem for the hemp food industry. In 1996, an employee who had eaten a Seedy Sweetie snack failed a drug test for marijuana. The candy is made by Hungry Bear Hemp Foods using pressed hempseed. Normally it does not contain THC, but apparently a detectable amount of residue from leaves slipped through the cleaning process. Aegis Laboratories found positive readings in one person’s urine sixty hours after consuming the candy, and similar cases have arisen in other states. The Department of Transportation issued a policy guide to “never accept an assertion of consumption of a hemp food product as a basis for verifying a marijuana negative. Whatever else it may be, consuming a hemp… Read More
In The Time of the War on Drugs
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Legend has it that in the five-thousand year history of marijuana, only one death has ever been attributed to the plant: Two smugglers were flying low over Floridian farmland back in the 1970s when they received a radio warning that the DEA. was waiting on the ground. They started dumping 20 pound bricks of Colombian bud out the airplane door and one of the bricks crashed through the roof of a farmhouse and pulverized a farmer who was kicking back, having a beer and watching TV. That small story, probably untrue, usefully illustrates two points. One, marijuana is benign. One death, however peripheral, in five millennia is not a bad record at all. Two, whatever harm that can be associated… Read More
How To Piss & Pass A Drug Test
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Washing your system: how much water and for how long? In an emergency, you can start drinking water as soon as one hour before the test, 4-6 hours is recommended. There is no known universal dosage, but you should be urinating so often it is ridiculous. One drawback is that watery urine is produced. Sometimes urine is rejected on the basis of its color alone. Taking B-complex vitamins will help keep the urine yellow. Drinking vinegar does not work. Visine does not work. Concentrated urine works fine for those not sure about the integrity of a friends sample. Prepare ahead of time, directions are included. Niacin and Golden Seal have shown encouragement, but they are inconsistant. This urinator would not… Read More
Drug Testing: Is It Worth It?
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I encourage the cross-posting of this material to general and local discussion groups and BBS’s, or wherever else you think it may do some good. In fact, I ask you to do so personally. Hang it up on the office bulletin board, if you have the guts to, and send a copy of via anonymous agent to the chairmen, CEOs, and policy makers of your company. Testing for drugs in the work-place has become a very hot issue on USENET lately. Several groups have lengthy threads discussing the morality and/or civil liberties aspects of urinalysis. Usually these threads end up deadlocked between libertarian and more conservative viewpoints, as characterized by the following archetypical discussion: Joe: Drug testing violates the individual’s… Read More
Privacy In America: Workplace Drug Testing
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Today, in some industries, taking a drug test is as routine as filling out a job application. In fact, workplace drug testing is up 277 percent from 1987—despite the fact that random drug testing is unfair, often inaccurate and unproven as a means of stopping drug use. But because there are few laws protecting our privacy in the workplace, millions of American workers are tested yearly—even though they aren’t suspected of drug use. Employers have the right to expect workers not to be high or drunk on the job. But they shouldn’t have the right to require employees to prove their innocence by taking a drug test. That’s not how America should work. Invasion And Error However routine drug tests… Read More
Drug Testing & Your Right To Privacy
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“The impairment of individual liberties cannot be the means of making a point […] symbolism, even symbolism for so worthy a cause as the abolition of unlawful drugs, cannot validate an otherwise unreasonable search.” These words, spoken by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia in his dissenting opinion in National Treasury Employees Union v. Von Raab, 489 U.S. 656 (1989), underline the importance of rejecting random drug testing of employees to combat the drug problem facing this nation. But unfortunately, suspicion less drug testing of employees, especially in the private sector, has been steadily growing since 1986. According to a recent survey of 1,000 companies performed by the American Management Association, 51.5% of the respondents engaged in some form of drug… Read More
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