Here's a quick thought about another aspect of drug testing and the failed Drug War: these wonderful laws that make it illegal to sell any product or information that might "undermine" a workplace drug testing program. And yet, for some reason, home drug tests are still okay to be sold anywhere, despite the fact that they are most commonly used by drug users to pre-test themselves and their flushing efforts in preparation for a drug test.
Why do you think that is? Well, it's definitely an outright admission of guilt. Either they are admitting that the home drug tests are even more inaccurate than the lab-based versions (which is true too) so they don't feel a user would get any help out of it or, supposing for the sake of argument that home drug tests are accurate and reliable, they are admitting that the Drug War at this point is genuinely nothing more than a way to protect certain dishonest Drug War profiteer corporations' financial interests, that this "criminalize all sale of products that could help one pass a drug test" is bullshit in that vein, and that they have no interest, either with the Drug War or with drug testing or with this "protect drug testing's claimed-but-never-proven integrity" law, in actually solving any part of the drug problem.
Because if we eighty-sixed the law-enforcement route and started treating the drug problem like the public health issue it is, and stopped treating users like monsters and treating all citizens as a priori convicted criminals with no recourse against the surveillance state, a lot of authoritarians and authoritarian-propping charlatan businesses would be out of work.
Too bad, I say. Let them fall.
About this blog
Drug testing is an ineffective, unreliable, and inexcusably invasive form of security theater forced on the American people based on deliberately skewed data, public ignorance, and moral panic, and it continues operating on those frauds to this day, mostly because those of us who are aware of the facts must live in fear of being targeted as addicts. This blog is intended to raise public awareness of the real facts about drug testing that the testing companies don't want you to know, and to provide some tools to the public by which they can raise awareness while maintaining anonymity. I will also be accepting guest posts, if anyone has a story about drug testing injustices they would like to get out anonymously, or if anyone just has something to say against drug testing in general.