Pubdate: Thu, 15 Mar 2007
Source: Coast, The (CN NS)
Copyright: 2007 Coast Publishing
Author: Robert Sharpe


To the editor,

Regarding Bruce Wark's thoughtful column "High security" (March 1):
According to the US Centres for Disease Control, the number of
unintentional prescription drug overdose deaths in the US increased
from 12,186 in 1999 to 20,950 in 2004. By 2004, overdose was second
only to motor-vehicle crashes as a cause of death. The rise in
prescription overdose deaths is paralleled by an increase in student
drug testing. This is no coincidence. Random drug testing encourages
high-risk behaviour. Organic marijuana, which has never been shown to
cause an overdose death, is the only drug that stays in the human body
long enough to make urinalysis a deterrent. More dangerous
pharmaceuticals exit the body quickly. If you think students don't
know this, think again. Anyone capable of running an internet search
can find out how to thwart a drug test. Canada should think twice
before following the American lead and imposing drug tests on
students. Far too many children have already been sacrificed at the
altar of the US war on marijuana.

Robert Sharpe, policy analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy
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