The Politics Of Drug Testing

Around the world, a growing number of people are convinced that drug testing should be mandatory in politics and other fields of work. This is because many drugs can have a rather powerful effect to affect job performance. Let us consider performance-enhancing drugs for example.

If a city council takes drugs to keep every council member deliberating actively about an emergency measure that needs to pass, drug testing is probably not required. And that is because drugs are being used by politicians to enhance their performance which redounds to the public good in the long run. You will probably ask, why not just take coffee, energy drinks or powerful vitamin supplements?

Well, the simple fact is that drugs are more efficient at what they do. To illustrate, some people can still fall asleep despite ingesting tons of caffeine. In comparison, pharmaceutical-grade medications rarely miss the mark.

In the Olympic world, taking drugs is synonymous to performance-enhancement. But in the world of politics, you will want more mentally active politicians so they can do a better job of governing, enacting laws, or even making laws. The perfect analogy is in a warehouse environment, where laborers have to contend with emptying an entire trailer of products.

In this situation, the weight of the boxes can vary between 40 to 100 pounds each. Just imagine yourself thrust into this environment and working an eight-hour shift. To survive at this job, men often take steroids in order to get through the day and make sure that every trailer is emptied out in the fastest and most efficient manner.

Hence, whether it be politics or other job environments, performance-enhancing drugs can actually work wonders in order to improve or increase work efficiency. From this point of view, drug testing is probably not required. However, the conundrum that throws itself into the equation is this: how do authorities ensure that the right drugs are being taken?

For example, taking marijuana can stimulate the creativity of certain people. To other people though, taking 420 can induce a high that can lead to attention loss. And that`s why for countries where cannabis is legal, authorities are still cautious enough to warn of the perils of driving and taking marijuana.

In fact, taking 420 is usually equated with DUI or driving under the influence. And this assumption is not based entirely on mathematical or even computational probabilities. There have indeed, been cases of vehicular collisions occurring as a result of driving under the influence of cannabis. There are even work deaths associated with taking drugs at work, which is why drug testing advocates are in hot pursuit.

The case for medical marijuana is instructive in the arena of drug testing. Thus, if certain employees need to take the medication for work-related purposes, drug testing is rarely an issue. So it appears that there are many different kinds of politics at play in deciding what should and should not be subject to drug testing.

Politics can definitely benefit from performance-enhancing drugs. After all, which constituent is to complain if this or that member of Congress or parliament seems to be on a hyperactive mode? So much so that this representative is raring and willing to work round the clock to pass a piece of legislation.

This discussion on the politics of drug testing or drug taking takes us to the Philippines. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was a self-confessed drug addict who is now trying to eradicate a massive case of drug addiction among the Filipino people. Surely, there is no better example of the politics of drug testing than in a small country with over 100 million people.

From this perspective, obviously, marijuana isn’t a problem. It is the addiction to cocaine, crystal meth, and other illicit drugs that are ruining lives as well as futures in the country. And drug testing? On a national level, having every Filipino citizen undergo a mandatory drug test is a massive undertaking. Add to that the cost of manpower and all testing supplies that will be needed or required.

No doubt about it, politics will be involved. Even the local police and the church could get involved in a constant tug of war. For there have been obvious cases of the Roman Catholic clergy hiding suspected drug addicts for humanitarian reasons. In view of all this politics, drug testing can prove to be an explosive situation.

Politics may well be at all levels of the presently raging diatribe on the drugs situation in the Philippines. The reigning Miss Universe, a Filipina by the name of Catriona Gray said it succinctly in a pageant question. From her point of view, drug taking is okay if taken in moderation. In the same vein, providing more facilities to treat drug addiction as well as a nationwide information campaign can prove to be more potent than playing politics among administration officials.