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.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Anti-drug testing facts: A Helpful List of Links to Help You Fight

Here are some helpful links if you want to know the facts about workplace drug testing.  I will be adding to this list as I find information in opposition to drug testing, so if you know a good one that's not on here, let me know.  I will not be considering pro-testing sites, as the pro-drug testing position is the only one that has, by force, been heard for thirty years now, and I am under no obligation to give them yet another platform on which to speak their case, especially since the arguments in their favor are already widely known.  This blog is intended to be a platform for the opposition view only, so that other voices might be heard in this issue, as a tool to help spread awareness about why drug testing should be eliminated, and to provide tools so that others might be able to speak even while being silenced by the witch hunt.

The DeLuca papers are a must-read if you want some top-quality information on the realities of drug testing and why it needs to go.  The ACLU expose "Drug Testing: A Bad Investment" is also a must-read, because it details the deliberately skewed data and outright lies that the drug testing companies used to force this on the American people in the eighties and nineties, and are still touting today.  The Horgan paper "You're Analysis is Faulty: How to lie with drug statistics" gives some more explanation on the skewed data used to bulldoze this practice into American workplaces.  The 'Lectric Law ACLU briefing "Drug Testing in the Workplace" gives an easy-read FAQ on the facts about drug testing.  And finally, the workforce.com article "Drug Testing's Negative Results" requires a free account and sign-in, but it is worth the time and effort.  All the links are valuable, but these are some of my favorites so far.

Alexander DeLuca, M.D., Addiction, Pain, & Public Health website

Workplace Drug Testing: A Case Study In The Misapplication Of Technology

by Mark A. Rothstein - 5 Harvard. J. Law & Technology 65; Fall 1991. Posted 10/15/2002:


A Critical Assessment of the Impact of Drug Testing Programs on the American Workplace

by Alexander DeLuca, 2002-10-19 - Submitted as a Term Paper for the Human Resources Management in Health Care Institutions course, taught by Professor O'Connor, Executive Masters of Public Health program, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, NYC. Modified: 2007-05-11.


Drug Testing: A Bad Investment


direct pdf: http://www.aclu.org/files/images/asset_upload_file27_31386.pdf 

Your Analysis is Faulty (How to lie with drug statistics)

By John Horgan


From the 'Lectric Law Library's Stacks: Drug Testing in the Workplace


Drug Testing's Negative Results (requires membership)

Convinced by shaky economic data and appeals to civic virtue, employers have long allowed themselves to be persuaded that testing employees for drug use is the right thing to do. Now, after hard looks at budget and some long-simmering issues about trust and efficacy, they're not so sure.


Test Negative--A look at the "evidence" justifying illicit-drug tests (from Scientific American, March 1990)


Urinalysis or Uromancy?


Privacy in America: Workplace Drug Testing


Drug Testing


Drug Testing - Table 410 (2000 PDF): There is no comprehensive federal law that regulates drug testing in the private sector. The Drug-Free Workplace Act does impose certain employee education requirements on companies that do business with the government, but it does not require testing, nor does it restrict testing in any way.

Direct pdf: http://www.aclu.org/files/FilesPDFs/testing_chart.pdf

Drug testing in the workplace : the report of the independent inquiry into drug testing at work / Independent Inquiry into Drug Testing at Work. -- York, England: DrugScope; Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2004. (Electronic document on Web; Non-governmental organization report)http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/185935212x.pdf

Urine — or You're Out

Drug testing is invasive, insulting, and generally irrelevant to job performance. Why do so many companies insist on it?


Drug testing as a form of employee managment is both ineffective and costly.


NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.


National Workrights Institute



Law Enforcement Against Prohibiton (LEAP)

(This is primarily regarding police who have seen too much of the evils of the Drug War and want it to end, but it often shows the absurdity of moral panic involved in Drug War policies straight from the mouths of people who have dealt directly with it—and many are taking this stand in defiance of laws that say they are not allowed to ever speak negatively about the Drug War—and when (not if) the Drug War ends, so will drug testing. These law enforcement officers are true heroes.)