Sessions’ Advisor Wants Doctors To Make Drug Testing Part Of Primary-Care Medicine

Making drug testing a routine, could land people in hot waters and force some users into treatment against their will. 

In a new surprising development, an advisor to the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants American doctors to make drug testing part of a primary-care medicine, The Daily Beast reported on Wednesday.

The advisor was the 81-year-old Dr. Robert DuPont, who was among a small group of drug-policy experts invited to a closed-door meeting with Sessions. Last month they discussed federal options for dealing with challenges pertaining to the increasing marijuana laws.

More U.S. states are legalizing both recreational and medicinal marijuana. California was the biggest in legalizing recreational cannabis on Jan. 1, 2018. California is a populous state with almost 40 million people. Nevertheless, this is proving to be a challenge to the U.S. federal government, which sees marijuana as an illegal drug. In addition, the U.S. border patrol has warned citizens that they will be in trouble if they exit California with marijuana.

At the meeting

At the December 2017 meeting, DuPont was asked to present on “the effect of marijuana on drugged driving,”. A topic on which he majorly contributed to.

DuPont was the one who drafted a national model bill in 2010. This called for law enforcement to administer a drug test for all controlled substances to anyone suspected to be driving impaired.

The Daily Beast also reported that DuPont called for the arrest of individuals, who still have traces of any controlled substances. Even if people are living in a state where marijuana is legal. The bill’s language is explicit that these people will still encounter legal tribulations.

Dr. Robert DuPont, known as the Drug Czar. He wants to see drug testing part of a medical check up routine.
Dr. Robert DuPont, known as the Drug Czar. He wants to see drug testing part of a medical check-up routine. (Image via YouTube Screengrab)

DuPont did have a liberal take on drug control in the 1970s. On the other hand, he had also championed the decriminalization of marijuana possession. In 1971, the first U.S. methadone treatment program for heroin was launched in Washington. As a result, in the 1980s, he took more of the Republican route by classifying marijuana as a “gateway drug.”

Above all, DuPont refuted claims that he could benefit financially from forcing people to go for more tests. The Daily Beast said DuPont has been at times a shareholder, an advisor and consultant to various drug testing companies. These included Psychemedics and CAM International Ventures.