Drug-testing technology is well-established by decades of use in the military and businesses throughout the United States. It’s an essential tool to prevent the disruptive influence and dangers from drug-impaired employees. It’s also an essential component of court procedures used to evaluate whether a defendant deserves suspension of stigmatizing punishment for some drug-related crimes.
Inexpensive oral-swab drug tests with results available within 10 minutes are routinely performed on many job applicants. Testing should be added as a requirement of background checks for gun buyers. Drug testing also should be required for suspects in crimes of irrational violence to inform future legislation needed to address our currently out-of-control national mass-violence problem.
DeForest Rathbone, Leonardtown
The writer is chairman of the
National Institute of Citizen Anti-Drug Policy.