Mass drug-test­ing

The Northern Advocate - - Opinion -

The on­go­ing en­thu­si­asm for unchecked sci­en­tific de­tec­tion of il­licit drugs is quite ap­par­ent in this coun­try.

Re­cently this en­thu­si­asm led to thou­sands of in­no­cent peo­ple vic­timised by be­ing ejected from rental prop­er­ties deemed con­tam­i­nated by P.

The thresh­old for this so-called con­tam­i­na­tion was ab­surdly low, and not held up to scru­tiny.

It was then vig­or­ously en­forced on the back of the moral panic gen­er­ated by the cap­i­tal form of the con­so­nant that comes be­fore Q in the al­pha­bet.

Now we have the ESR bud­dy­ing up with the cops and per­form­ing tests on a dif­fer­ent kind of pee. Or to be more spe­cific, wastew­a­ter, with this town among the sev­eral pop­u­la­tion cen­tres se­lected across New Zealand. Look­ing good Whanga¯rei . . . not.

Why? So the au­thor­i­ties can get a bet­ter pic­ture of the drug-tak­ing habits of Kiwi pun­ters, na­tion­wide. And now we know up here in Whangas peo­ple pre­fer P and pot, while down in Auks, the city slick­ers are more into snort­ing co­caine and trip­ping on ec­stasy.

Wow. Ev­ery­one pretty much knows that any­way, but add in other such poi­sons as fen­tanyl, syn­thetic cannabis, heroin and pre­sum­ably shoe pol­ish and in­dus­trial ad­he­sives, and what do you have? An over­whelm­ing case of such anal­y­sis to be car­ried out na­tion­wide, tout de suite, be­fore God­zone is washed down the gur­gler in a tide of drugs.

Yeah right. How much does this silli­ness cost? Who au­tho­rises these pro­ce­dures? Has any­one men­tioned that the pro­ce­dures are tan­ta­mount to drug-test­ing with­out con­sent?

But, hey, no one wants to look soft on Bad Ass­ness, even if such at­ti­tudes lead to asi­nine be­hav­iour. GM Tinker Whanga¯rei

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