Drug Testing

Another needless death. Let’s not let it happen here.


Music festival season is around the corner and, over the ditch, there’s already been at least one death thanks to draconian drug laws. Like a stopped clock that’s right twice a day, the far-Left Guardian newspaper reports. quote.

Quote:A 19-year-old man is dead and three others are critically ill after suspected drug overdoses at a dance party in Sydney.

Police said they had been attending the “Knockout Games of Destiny” dance party at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday night[…]End of quote.

Let’s be clear here. The only thing this young man did wrong was he did not have the wisdom to distrust whoever sold him the drugs that killed him. He simply took a substance that was not what he was told it was, or it was much more potent than he thought. quote.

Quote:More than 18,000 people attended the party. Police officers at the event issued 69 banning notices and conducted more than 200 searches, with 62 people found in possession of drugs[…]

The south west metropolitan region commander, assistant commissioner Peter Thurtell, said police would not let up on trying to stop drug use at dance parties[…]

Earlier this year, two people died after overdosing at Sydney music festival Defqon.1, prompting the creation of an expert panel to advise the New South Wales government on drug-related deaths at festivals.End of quote.

Just as a side note, the panel was instructed not to entertain any consideration of recommendations for drug testing. As in, not even to listen to them. quote.

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Bill English back on his hobby horse about young people being unemployable

In April last year, English made few friends and gave the opposition an easy 48 hours of material for talk back an media commentary when he expressed his frustration on behalf of employers who were having trouble finding decent calibre people.

He’s had another go yesterday

Young Kiwis not passing drug tests is a problem for employers filling jobs in skills shortage areas, Prime Minister Bill English says.

While there are good initiatives across New Zealand to match locals with skills shortage jobs, he says drug issue means migrant workers are still needed.

“One of the hurdles these days is just passing the drug tests,” Mr English said on Monday. Read more »

Unions oppose Talley’s move to protect workers

Fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in New Zealand yet shockingly some unions oppose drug testing in this and other dangerous industries. Would you want to work with someone who uses P? Addicts of Methamphetamine are dangerous individuals who can become unpredictable, extremely violent and manic. Imagine having someone like that on board a fishing boat at sea. You would think that workers would support their company taking precautions to protect them from co-workers on P. After all, they would be the first to complain that their employer had not ensured the safety of their workers if there was a P related accident onboard.

Testing of employees for drugs or alcohol is becoming increasingly common in New Zealand workplaces.

The main reason employers decide to test is that, depending on the type of work being performed, impairment by alcohol or drugs gives rise to a very real health and safety hazard.
Employers are required by law to take reasonable steps to protect employees and others from hazards at work – drug or alcohol testing is a reasonable step that can be taken, especially now that testing services are readily available in New Zealand.

-findlaw.co.nz

Unfortunately, New Zealand company Talley’s do not have workers as concerned about safety as they are. At least not onboard their Nelson based ship.

Crew members from a Nelson-based Talley’s ship say they feel violated after their hair was shaved to comply with company drug-testing.

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Oh bugger: eating toast can get you fired

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Yesterday we saw that hair tests for cannabis use is actually unreliable.  Today we discover that eating poppy seeds can lead to a positive drug test as well.

Whangarei’s Peter Corkill, a fitter, failed a pre-employment urine screening test with a “not negative” result before working on-site at the NZ Oil Refinery and his employment with the contracting company South Pacific Industrial ended immediately. Read more »

Oh bugger… cannabis hair test can give wrong results

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Looks like some innocent people have been stitched up for using drugs when all they may have done was be around people that did.

Hair analysis for cannabinoids is extensively applied in workplace drug testing and in child protection cases, although valid data on incorporation of the main analytical targets, ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 11-nor-9-carboxy-THC (THC-COOH), into human hair is widely missing. Furthermore, ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinolic acid A (THCA-A), the biogenetic precursor of THC, is found in the hair of persons who solely handled cannabis material. Read more »

Why is Helen Kelly against drug testing?

Today is the day that the governments welfare reforms kick in. One of the reforms is to introduce drug testing for jobseekers in relevant industries.

Other new obligations include drug-testing for jobseekers in relevant industries, which is expected to trigger benefit cuts for up to 5800 people, and a requirement for beneficiaries to clear outstanding arrest warrants.

All pretty sensible things, but why is Helen Kelly opposed to drug testing?

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WTF! National soft on drugs?

I predict that there will be a caucus backlash over this policy announced late on Thursday by Hekia Parata. There is already a backlash from School Principals, which normally I would have a crack at but in this case the Principal’s are dead right and Hekia Parata and her Education ministry officials are dead wrong.

I never thought I would see the day when I would be a member of a party that wouldn’t put drug dogs into schools. Since when has the National party been “soft on drugs“?

A law change to ban schools from drug testing students will “seriously dent” the ability of teachers to stop drugs entering the school gates, the principals’ union says.

The Education Amendment Bill, which was introduced to Parliament last week, would ban schools from using drug sniffer dogs or requiring students to undergo a drug test.

Secondary Principals’ Association president Patrick Walsh said parents would be outraged by the change.

“Prohibiting the use of drug dogs in schools, and stopping schools from drug testing students who have been caught using drugs in schools to ensure they’re clean, will seriously dent our capacity to stop the scourge of drugs in our community from entering our school gates,” he told Radio New Zealand this morning.

“I think the public and parents would be outraged at this because the overarching principle is we want our schools to be drug-free.”

Mr Walsh said the law change would give schools “very little” power to detect drugs.

The headlines should be screaming that ‘Nats send drug dogs into schools’.

As I said the feedback I am receiving suggests that the next caucus meeting is going to be very, very testy. Expect Hekia Parata to do a flip-flop on this. This sort of liberal panty-waist soft cock attitude has no place in policy from the National Party.

Helen Kelly, Unions and Drug Testing

Observation by the OWL – Helen Kelly, NZCTU and Drug Testing

The Owl is rarely home on a Friday night and equally does not watch Close Up. However through some extraordinary circumstances I was able to munch of some Fish and Chips and the headline on Drug Testing and Helen Kelly got me interested while watching TV.

Furthermore there was a poll asking “if beneficiaries should be tested for drugs?”  It cost 75 cents so I sent my Yes or No vote via text.

According to Close Up, 19,000 people voted which was apparently one of the highest they said.

Helen Kelly argued that the “real issue is not drug-testing but that the National Government is running the economy into the ground”.

The representative from the Drug Testing Company said approximately 9% return positive tests in the workforce.

Helen Kelly responded by saying the company was a commercial operation and had no real place in this the discussion (this was the OWL’s take).

The Owl’s Observation:

The discussion between the interviewer and the interviewees was irrelevant and quite frankly close to boring however 19,000 sent a clear message to Helen Kelly, NZCTU and the Government.

90% of the 19,000 who decided to spend 75 cents, or go on the facebook page said beneficiaries should be tested. Why is this poll so more important than any other random poll run by newspapers etc, 19,000 New Zealanders had a very firm opinion on this and were willing to spend their hard earnt money to vote.

National Party drug testing Policy – for 17,100

Helen Kelly, NZCTU – against 1,900

This now leads me to the crux of the Observation – Helen Kelly via the NZCTU heads up an ACC partnership agreement in the work place worth millions of dollars to provide Health and Safety training – or something.

If the poll is extrapolated to the general working population – 90% disagree with Helen Kelly and the NZCTU understanding of the importance people put on drug testing in the workplace.

Has ACC got the right partners to deliver ACC Health and Safety programs when there is such a major disconnect? Personally I think the taxpayers of New Zealand have voted.  I did, I spent my 75 cents.