2. Category of issue: Drug and Health
3. Level: National
4. This article discusses the issue about some drug testing failing to detect synthetic marijuana. These drugs are harmful to individuals.
5. How does this affect individuals/families?
-This affects individuals on parole or on probation that are taking drug tests. As the article mentioned this drug testing needs to be updated to catch synthetic drugs now. Eric Wish says,"This is not only for the criminal justice system but the public health system as well."
6. My Views:
- This article discusses the problem of drug testing for individuals on parole or probation as well as work places that do routine testing. They say that they often cannot detect synthetic marijuana and this is an issue that needs to be fixed. There have even been a few cases that the authorities are looking into about possible deaths caused by the synthetic drug. Adding to the statistics, the article says that in 2011 there were more than 28,531 ER admissions due to the use of the drugs. This is a major life and death situation at this time. I never agreed with the use of illegal substance such as marijuana and definitely not the synthetic versions. For whatever reason, people are still using this drug. They are not only harming their selves but they are now getting away with it in jails and at work because of the insufficient drug tests. This test is not only failing, but after testing of the synthetic drug they have seen that it is extremely hazardous. Because it contains a synthetic substance, the drug can be more potent and addictive than marijuana. And many people do become addicted to this. Authorities need to know who is using what so that they can get them treatment and put a stop to it.