How Do I Feel About Drug Tests?

First, for a little background. When I’m not trying to stir up intelligent discourse and trying to bring about social change through actual thinking, I usually try to stay out of trouble.

In fact, here is my list of criminal activity for you: 

  • I once carried an ice cream cone (no actual ice cream) in my back pocket.
  • I once re-parked the vehicle in my yard barefoot.
  • I once blew up a bottle of Diet Coke (using Mentos). 

Okay, for real. I’ve never even had a ticket before, so my opinion on drug tests is either more or less valid than somebody else’s, depending of course on your perspective. 

How do I feel about drug tests? I think they’re fine. I’m trying hard to think of a situation where I wouldn’t support random drug testing, especially since they are becoming cheap and time-efficient. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a drug addict sitting by me in class or trying to operate a forklift. It’s both unsafe and illegal.

I think that as long as the government or business administers drug tests with a certain level of due restrain – as in not thinking that everyone in the business tried crystal meth last night – it’s a great idea. 

Okay, fine. They’re probably not worried about meth as much as marijuana, but still, you get my point. Let’s not have this escalate into a pro and anti-marijuana debate, because then I’d actually have to write a blog and decide how I feel about it.

In conclusion, I think most people who are against drug tests may, in fact, just not want to take them because they’re scared they may not pass

Now, actually taking the tests. You know, those dreaded urine tests. That’s actually really annoying. But I guess that’s the price you pay for living in a free society. 

[Thanks Steph Herndon Barnett for the suggestion!]

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Matthew Estes

Matthew Estes currently exists in the ether between graudate student and full-time worker. One day he hopes to be a full-time novelist and blogger, but until that day comes he spends his time playing video games, eating pizza, and being with his soon-to-be wife. However, he has yet to do all three at the same time. Bucket list stuff, you know.