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Can Marijuana Help You Drive?
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While no responsible person would ever advocate the use of drugs for drivers, tests using a recently developed video game called Burnout have thrown up some surprise statistics. The testers found that a moderate amount of cannabis actually improved driving performance among those they studied. Results from another recent study apparently also show that people drive both faster and safer while under the influence of the drug. A group of 20 drivers aged 21-40 were recruited for the Burnout study, all of whom had not previously owned a video games machine or described themselves of players of video games. Ten of them smoked approximately 0.15 milligrams of cannabis, equivalent to about half a “joint”. The other half declared that they… Read More
“Go” Pills For F-16 Pilots Gets Close Look
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The Air Force calls them “go” pills, and that is what they do: keep pilots going in the air long after their tired minds and bodies would have preferred to fall asleep. The stimulants have been used by airmen since World War II, and were doled out by the thousands in the Persian Gulf War and Afghanistan. But the practice is coming under new scrutiny in the investigation of two F-16 pilots who were taking Air Force-provided amphetamines when they mistook a midnight training exercise for hostile fire and bombed a gathering of Canadian soldiers. Four Canadians were killed in the April incident, and eight others were wounded. The Air Force has taken the unprecedented step of pursuing criminal charges… Read More
What An Amazing Scientific Study
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The people forcing Oregon teenagers to participate in drug research published their early data this week, and the results were hardly shocking: A school that randomly demands urine samples from students appears to have a lower rate of drug use than a school that doesn’t. Head researcher Dr. Linn Goldberg is already using the results as proof that drug testing likely “works.” We question that logic, as well as the judgment of school leaders who require students to be laboratory rats in order to participate in school activities. The research should be permanently suspended. Oregon Health & Science University received a three-year, $3.6 million federal grant in 2000 to study whether random urine testing of student athletes reduces drug use… Read More
Controversial Drug Testing Study Yields Mixed Results
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A drug testing research project that inspired a class action lawsuit has yielded mixed results. The controversial study was conducted at two public high schools in Oregon during the 1999-2000 school year by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, and was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The study was suspended by the federal Office for Human Research Protection last October over concerns regarding how the questionnaires were handled in classrooms, the randomization of schools and researchers’ involvement in the drug-testing procedure. In the pilot study, Wahtonka High School in Dalles, Oregon, required that student athletes submit to mandatory, random drug testing to participate in sports. A similar-sized high school in Warrenton,… Read More
Ohio Supreme Court Backs Workers In Workers’ Comp Drug Test Ruling
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On a 4-3 vote, the Ohio Supreme Court has struck down a state law that said people seeking workers’ compensation benefits must prove that drugs or alcohol found in their systems did not cause their injury. Prior to the law, enacted in 2000, employers had to prove that drugs or alcohol caused the injuries if they wanted to contest worker’s comp claims. The 2000 law also mandated that workers who refused to take drug tests would be considered to have tested positive. But a narrow majority of the state Supreme Court found that the law violated protections against “unreasonable seizures” in both the Ohio and the US constitutions. “The right at stake, to be free from unreasonable searches, is so… Read More
British MP Calls For Drug Testing 10-Year-Olds
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The British Labor government’s effort to remake the criminal justice system in its pending Criminal Justice Bill is sparking demands for an ever tougher approach to juvenile crime. On December 17, Tory Member of Parliament Graham Allen one-upped everybody by calling for the drug testing of children as young as 10 by police. The Labor bill calls for lowering the age of testing from 18 to 14. Only children suspected for other crimes would be arrested. But 14 isn’t nearly young enough, said Allen, who serves on the parliamentary committee that began examining the bill this week. “The focus has been on the civil liberty aspects of the bill—my concern is the civic freedom of intimidated witnesses, innocent victims, and… Read More
Nursing Home Residents Test Positive For Marijuana
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Follow-up tests suggest residents at the Claiborne County Hospital and Nursing Home suffered from a bad drug test rather than bad drugs, officials said. Local and state police were notified last week when one of the nursing home’s patients tested positive for marijuana in the hospital emergency room. Health officials conducted drug tests on all 98 nursing home residents, turning up 24 positive results for marijuana. However, follow-up tests on nearly two dozen residents showed no traces of marijuana, administrators said Wednesday. “We got back our first-floor residents’ confirmation tests, and all of them are negative,” said Linda Vanlandingham, the facility’s quality and risk manager. All the patients took Protonix, an anti-ulcer medication that apparently set off the false alarms… Read More
Retired Lawyer Tackles The Law On Driving Under Influence Of Drugs
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Rick Reimer was a prominent criminal lawyer in Pembroke. Then he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Mr. Reimer uses marijuana daily to cope with the effects of his illness and intends to use an impaired driving charge to scrutinize the law’s approach toward marijuana and its impacts on life. As Canada inches closer to softer marijuana laws, a retired Killaloe lawyer is asking the courts to rule on the murky issue of driving while under the influence of cannabis. Rick Reimer intends to use an impaired driving charge to scrutinize the wobbly approach of legislators toward the use of marijuana and its impacts on daily life. In a case that begins in a tiny courtroom tomorrow, he is both the… Read More
Paramedic Fights City Drug Test Standard
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Since he was a teenager, David Hughes had his heart set on becoming a Chicago paramedic and was within days of graduating from the Fire Department’s academy when his long-held dream was blown apart by what he contends was a bagel. Make that a poppy-seed bagel, along with a Fire Department drug testing policy that Hughes and his lawyers contend are outmoded and unfair. Hughes has filed suit against the city in federal court seeking punitive and compensatory damages and reinstatement as a paramedic candidate. But he said he would be willing to forgo the money. “I don’t care about any of that stuff,” said Hughes, 30, who has wanted to work on a city ambulance since he was 18.… Read More
Santa Drug Tested
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The jolly man in the red suit is a popular fixture at local shopping malls this time of the year. And chances are good that before Santa Claus hears one Christmas wish, he’s undergone a criminal background check and drug testing. “It’s just a sign of the times for all businesses that provide services to families and children,” said Barbara Sacco, vice president of marketing for Faison & Associates, which manages The Shops of Grand Avenue mall in downtown Milwaukee. Nancy Conley, marketing director at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, said background checks and drug screening have become common place when hiring Santas. “Even the elves are finger-printed and drug-tested,” Conley said. Pre-employ.com specializes in background checks for job applicants. It… Read More
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