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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
Columbia President Urges Drug Testing
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Colombia’s president proposed a new front in the global war on drugs: mass drug testing for Americans and Europeans. Reviving the traditional conflict between drug-producing and drug-consuming nations, President Alvaro Uribe said Friday the tests would dry up demand for drugs that Colombian insurgents sell to finance their decades-old civil war. “We need more serious commitments from the consumer countries,” Uribe said at a conference of Spanish and Latin American attorney generals. He called on “the people in the United States and Europe to submit to a drug test to help us conquer drugs.” Uribe singled out American and European executives to start the process. Colombia produces 90 percent of the world’s cocaine. Drug trafficking supports both the leftist rebels… Read More
This Nose For Hire
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Parents Who suspect their teenager is dabbling in drugs now have an alternative to snooping through drawers and closets looking for a hidden stash of dope. They can hire a drug-sniffing dog to do it for them. Hiring a drug-sniffing dog is a sign of desperate parenting, said Helen Jones, a spokeswoman for The Association of Parent Support Groups in Ontario. “In the long term it does nothing for the parent/child relationship and that’s really the only thing we have going for us,” she said. This entry was posted on Sunday, November 17th, 2002 at 12:00 am. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own… Read More
It’s Not About Public Safety
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National shyster-in-chief (aka “drug czar”) John Walters has done it again. Walters’ “drugged driving” initiative calls for “zero tolerance” for driving under the influence. “It’s about public safety,” Walters claims. Not only is the initiative not about public safety. It’s not even about driving while drugged. Smoke marijuana on a Saturday night, for example. Drive on that Sunday. Guilty. For that matter, smoke a week before. Guilty. Neither situation has anything to do with driving under the influence—marijuana’s components simply remain in the bloodstream for awhile after it is used, days or weeks after the high disappears. But head drug propagandist Walters isn’t interested in that. He wants zero tolerance, for its own sake. Not only will Walters’ so-called “drugged… Read More
Survey Reveals Employees Fear Job Loss If They Seek Treatment
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Although Americans expect that their employer’s health insurance will cover alcohol or drug addiction treatment, more than one in five insured employees believe that if they sought coverage for that treatment, they would face negative consequences at work. Fears range from being fired outright to losing a license or failing to get a promotion, according to the results of the September 2002 “Workplace Recovery Benefits Survey” released today by Minnesota-based Hazelden Foundation. Hazelden’s new survey also reveals that more than half of this country’s 74 million workers with job-sponsored health insurance would prefer to ask a boss about their company’s insurance coverage for treatment of a disease like diabetes, rather than face retribution or punishment for merely asking what kind… Read More
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