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Government mandated drug testing … slippery slope in West Virginia

One of the problems I have with government-mandated testing for those receiving government assistance is simple. If that’s appropriate, where does it end? In West Virginia, a delegation is suggesting kids must pass a series of three drug tests before getting a drivers license.

From CBS 13 in West Virginia, with my emphasis in bold.

A bill introduced on Tuesday in the West Virginia House of Delegates could require the 16-year-old to take a drug test before he ever gets behind the wheel. …

Del. Joe Ellington (R-Mercer) introduced the potential measure. He said it would forbid the DMV from granting permits and full licenses to minors unless they’ve passed a series of drug tests.

“We’re trying to keep them from bowing down to peer pressure to use drugs,” Del. Ellington, a part-time blogger said. “If they’re really motivated to get their driver’s license, they won’t start it to begin with.”

Since we certainly want to avoid problems with drugs in the United States, why not propose the following?

  • A series of drug tests for every student – at random – multiple times per year. We don’t like drugs in school. Fail a test, the kid gets kicked out, are banned from seeing their old friends, and the parents must pay for private tutoring.
  • Driving under the influence of drugs is bad and kills innocent people every day … random drug testing multiple times per year for every driver. Take the cars away from the drug users.
  • Parents should not do drugs around kids. Any parent with a child younger than 18 years old needs mandatory, random drug tests. Their kids should be taken away if the parent or parents are doing drugs.
  • Drug abuse costs American society billions and billions of health care dollars each year, this cost is too much to bear. Drug testing is cheap, and by requiring random drug testing we can save billions … and many lives.

That should just about cover it… but did I just define a police state?

Would you treat an alcoholic with a shot of Jack Daniel’s?

The answer to the question is no, but I think the Obama administration would suggest that providing the shot glass to the alcoholic would  be acceptable. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin is bringing back direct federal funding for a drug needle exchange program.

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