Robert L. Dupont Boston Bombing: What Does Drug Testing Company Owner Say About Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
Dupont argued in a San Diego Tribune opinion piece from earlier this month that Tsarnaev, who allegedly smoked a lot of pot, was flunking classes and that if his drug use could have been stopped, he may not have bombed the Boston Marathon. The piece, which fails to mention Dupont's position as the owner of a drug testing company (it simply refers to him as "President, Institute for Behavior and Health, and former director, National Institute on Drug Abuse"), is, if anything, lacking in evidence.
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Here's an excerpt from the piece:
While [Tsarnaev's] marijuana use did not directly make him a terrorist, it closed the door to his dreams of being an engineer or physician and it opened the door to his suicidal violence. A report recently released by the Institute for Behavior and Health, a nonprofit drug policy organization, shows that heavy marijuana use is associated with failing grades and dropping out of school. It is entirely plausible that the loss of [Tsarnaev's] dream of success in college set the stage for his descent into the dead end of terrorism.
He went on to say that the Boston Marathon bombing is a "lesson" in the need to curb drug and alcohol use in college and high school students. He wrote:
The dramatic need to confront drug and alcohol use in college and high school is one useful lesson to take from this otherwise tragic story of failed lives in the midst of opportunity, a lesson that may help overcome the denial about the connection between substance use and academic failure and dropout that is all-but-universal in education circles today.
His solution? More drug testing!
"What if [Tsarnaev] had been required to take drug tests to obtain and maintain a driver's license?" he wrote.
The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, proposed in a report titled "Drug Testing A Bad Investment" that drug testing research is based on junk science and that drug testing companies market their products to employers with the promise that drug testing will improve workers' productivity and companies' profits.
According to the ACLU, when employers began hearing about the supposedly negative effects of drug use by their employers, there was little science to actually back up the claims. That's when drug testing promoters stepped in, filling in the fact holes with bogus or inflated information about workers' poor performances due to drug use outside of work.
The ACLU also reports that studies show that workers who tested positive for marijuana use at the time of hire were no more likely than workers who tested negative to become involved in dangerous workplace behavior or accidents.
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