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Lawmaker Wants to Drug-Test the Wealthy

If they want generous tax deductions, at least

(Newser) - In many states, welfare recipients must submit to drug testing before they can get benefits. A lawmaker from Wisconsin says she wants wealthy Americans to get the same treatment before they can enjoy generous tax deductions, Yahoo News reports. Rep. Gwen Moore's "Top 1% Accountability Act of 2016"... More »

She Had the Perfect Pregnancy. Then, a Drug Test

Maggie Downs writes of testing positive (falsely) for meth while in labor

(Newser) - Maggie Downs had suffered a miscarriage, so during her pregnancy with her first child, she behaved in a saintly manner: no wine, no deli meat, organic produce only. She writes on Narratively of suffering through a toothache with only clove oil for relief (she turned down even Tylenol), wary of... More »

Maria Sharapova: I Failed a Drug Test

But tennis champion says it's an honest mistake

(Newser) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova admitted today that she's been caught using a drug restricted by professional tennis, the BBC reports. "I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," the 28-year-old said in Los Angeles after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. But... More »

Guy Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Pee to Skirt Drug Tests

Faces 6 years for conspiracy to defraud US

(Newser) - An Ohio man who sold fake urine and other products meant to help people pass workplace drug tests has pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Pennsylvania. David Neal, 61, of Middletown, Ohio, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to defraud the United States and introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate... More »

Why You Should Never Use Wife's Urine for a Drug Test

Yes, because she might be pregnant

(Newser) - Two tales of men accused of trying to cheat drug and alcohol tests, neither of which ends well:
  • Congratulations: A bus driver in Egypt provided his wife's urine to avoid a drug test, which officials know because tests revealed it belonged to someone two months' pregnant, reports the BBC
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Mom Who Ate Poppy Seeds Sues Over Failed Drug Test

Hospital informed child welfare agency

(Newser) - A first-time mother who says she failed a drug test while in labor because she ate poppy seeds has sued a Pittsburgh hospital, saying officials defamed her and violated her doctor-patient confidentiality by sharing the results with a child welfare agency. Rachael Devore, 31, who gave birth at Magee-Women's... More »

Woman Sent to Jail for 2 Days Stuck There for 154

It's a 'big screw-up' in Indiana

(Newser) - What's worse than going to jail? Being stuck there for 77 times your original sentence. That's what happened to a 34-year-old woman from Jeffersonville, Ind., who was ordered to serve two days in the Clark County jail after submitting a diluted drug test—in August. Destiny Hoffman was... More »

Fla. Rep. Pleads Guilty to Coke Charges

Judge gives Florida's Trey Radel a year of probation

(Newser) - Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession today, but will avoid jail time. A DC Superior Court judge sentenced the freshman Republican from Florida to one year of probation, and ordered him to receive drug treatment in his home state, the Washington Post reports. Radel had already... More »

Baseball's Latest Drug Casualty Is ... an Ump

Brian Runge sacked after flunking drug test, sources say

(Newser) - You know your sport has a drug problem when even your officials flunk drug tests. Major League Baseball umpire Brian Runge has been canned and sources tell the AP that drugs are to blame. The 43-year-old failed at least one random drug test and was fired after failing to comply... More »

Missouri School to Cut Kids' Hair for Drug Test

60 strands will be cut from students—and participation is mandatory

(Newser) - One Kansas City high school is taking the war on drugs to the next level. Beginning this fall, Rockhurst High School will require students to submit their hair for random drug tests, reports KSHB . In a somewhat bizarre-sounding process, a staff member who happens to be a barber will cut... More »

Cameron Douglas Fails Drug Test, Sent to Solitary

Latest in long line of prison struggles for Michael Douglas' son

(Newser) - The troubles continue for Michael Douglas' son Cameron: He's currently serving a 10-year prison sentence for drug dealing, yet even while on the inside he was busted for doing drugs. He failed a urinalysis earlier this month and was sent to solitary confinement, a source tells the New York ... More »

Critics Fume as Big Pharma Funds Drug Studies

'The evidence base has been perverted,' expert says

(Newser) - Think studies of new drugs in the New England Journal of Medicine are unassailable? Experts are beginning to wonder, because pharmaceutical companies pay academics to conduct many of those studies—and the approval of high-profile drugs like Vioxx, Avandia, and Celebrex has led to thousands of deaths, the Washington Post... More »

Police Chemist Arrested for Faking Drug Tests

Thousands of convictions could go out the window in Boston

(Newser) - Former Massachusetts State Police chemist Annie Dookhan was led out of her home in handcuffs today after sparking a scandal that could wind up freeing thousands jailed on drug charges. Dookhan allegedly lied both when applying for her job and under oath about having a master's in chemistry, and... More »

Experts Target Lung Cancer With 'Tailor-Made' Drugs

Scientists look at DNA mutations in cancer tumors

(Newser) - Scientists are trying to help lung cancer sufferers by designing "personalized" drugs tailor-made to suit each DNA mutation of the disease, the New York Times reports. The first major study of squamous cell lung cancer—which kills more people annually than breast cancer or colon cancer—found that drugs... More »

Olympian Booted From Games Over Pot Brownie

Nick Delpopolo says he accidentally ate it before coming to London

(Newser) - Nick Delpopolo's pre-Olympics regimen included a ton of judo training—and, apparently, the consumption of at least one pot brownie. The US judo competitor was disqualified from the Games today after testing positive for marijuana. Delpopolo had already competed in the 73-kilogram class last Monday. The 23-year-old came in... More »

Welfare Drug Tests Cost Florida $46K

And didn't uncover all that many drug users, either: new data

(Newser) - Remember that controversial Florida law requiring welfare seekers to submit to drug tests ? Turns out it didn't save taxpayers any money, didn't affect the number of applications, and didn't even ferret out very many drug users, the New York Times reports. During the four months the... More »

Oklahoma May Drug Test Would-Be Politicians

Amendment tacked onto welfare recipient bill

(Newser) - Oklahoma Republicans want welfare recipients to pass a drug test before receiving public assistance—and the state's politicians may be subjected to the same requirement before seeking office. Democratic legislators, irked by the original Republican-sponsored welfare drug test bill, added an amendment that would require would-be politicians to also... More »

23 States Considering Welfare Drug Tests

Lawmakers follow lead of Florida

(Newser) - Lawmakers in 22 states think Florida had the right idea with its law requiring welfare recipients to pass a drug test . States like Wyoming, Illinois, Maryland, and Colorado are all considering similar laws that would make a clean drug test a prerequisite for food stamps, welfare, and other forms of... More »

New MLB Labor Deal Would Test for HGH

Will make baseball first pro sport to blood test for growth hormones

(Newser) - Major League Baseball, now finishing off negotiations with players for a new labor agreement, is poised to become the first North American sport to test players at the highest level for human growth hormone, reports the New York Times . Testing will begin in February, and testing positive will result in... More »

Judge Orders Florida to Stop Welfare Drug Tests

Says it will likely be ruled unconstitutional

(Newser) - A federal judge has ordered Florida to suspend its “suspicionless drug testing” of would-be welfare recipients, writing that “there is a substantial likelihood” that the law requiring such tests will be deemed unconstitutional. The ruling comes thanks to an ACLU lawsuit on behalf of one welfare recipient—an... More »

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