|COMMENT by Bob Weaver|
The case for universal drug testing has an ominous "big brother" ring, but drug testing goes forward with select groups of people.
A recent WV poll showed 65% of the respondents saying they wanted to drug test recipients of welfare benefits, we assume those receiving Medicaid, but excluding Medicare.
Most Americans stand up for civil liberties for themselves, but favor tightening down on others.
Efforts have been put forth to drug test West Virginia school teachers, but those efforts have been widely contested based on the violation of civil liberties.
Most corporate businesses, including fast food, drug test their employees.
While some government employees are drug tested, politicians have generally excluded themselves.
Now, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling for the drug testing of miners as a safety measure.
Perhaps a fallacy with drug testing is that alcohol consumption is excluded, a drug most widely used by Americans.
In the US governments wars on drugs, alcohol always has a backseat because it is legal and the brewery lobby spends lots of money.
Spending twenty years in the treatment of addition in treatment centers, it was common for alcoholics to look down on "those drug addicts."
I recall attending a Christmas party a few years ago, most of whose attendees got pretty lubricated. As a recovering alcoholic of over 30 years, I thankfully remained sober.
During the course of conversation, the subject shifted to the drug culture, with those lubricated saying something needs to be done those "drug-heads."