Tuesday September 22, 2020

Slippery slope from school drugs tests to invasion of privacy

While there is no doubt that we have a problem with drug abuse, do we want to teach our young people that submitting to surveillance should be the norm?

9th February, 2020
Drug testing in schools creates issues with intrusion and surveillance.

Cocaine use is endemic in Galway, and around the country. It poses a health threat to young people and is fuelling an epidemic of violent crime. Testing school students for drugs, then, may seem on the face of it to be a no-brainer.

Last week Joe Treacy, an addiction specialist with the HSE, told a Galway policing committee that there was a “blizzard” of high-purity cocaine in the county. The committee duly recommended that Galway...

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