Which Professions Should Have Mandatory Drug Testing?

We asked our political insiders and readers which professions should have mandatory drug testing. Results and comments after the break.

Selected anonymous comments:

Can’t we just assume that most entertainers take some kind of controlled substance and most politicians really should?

No one! In this enhanced age, who’s to say you shouldn’t be all that you can be? After all, is Botox a drug? Diet mixtures? Vitamins? Nah… Performance enhancing might improve some of our politicians, anyhow.

Especially politicians! I wish there was a way to do this for entertainers, but only because so many have died or ruined their lives. Other than that, they are not fact-tellers,, or responsible for someone else’s life or well-being.

None. Let them all do drugs then there would at least be an excuse for their behavior.

Politicians, lawyers and journalists might benefit from performance enhancing drugs.

Any business that wants to perform these tests has every right to. I don’t think all doctors should be subject to them, but if IHC wants to screen their doctors then I have no problem with that.

Anyone who receives public funds as well as those responsible for the safety of others.

Schoolteachers and administrators.

None of the above.

If a person has a job that would put others in serious jeopardy then they should be drug free (tested) while performing that job. Otherwise leave adults alone to do whatever they do. Athletes will always do whatever they must to compete as long as “winning” is the purpose. As a culture we vastly over-emphasize winning as the goal, that puts enormous pressure on individuals to perform to perfection. An asinine scenario destined to continue as long as winning is the only criteria.

Some professions have been given a pass for far too long. Politicians have had the spotlight to themselves- it’s time to share.

Everyone KNOWS that entertainers and journalists are always taking the pot.

The President of the United States, Vice President, Cabinet and members of the House and Senate. Someone in that group is dopey, right?

It depends on the type of test. Urine tests are minimally intrusive and could apply to any profession (and do for many job applicants). Professional sports use blood testing, which is much more intrusive. I think that level of testing is fine when you have someone’s life in your hands (doctors, pilots, etc.) otherwise random urine testing is acceptable.

If you can kill someone while impaired, I wouldn’t object to random drug tests for those individuals.

Only those which perform routine actions which involve other’s lives directly. Drug testing should be for safety reasons, not voyeurism.

Respondents include – 

Fred Adams, Stuart Adams, Jess Agraz, Scott Anderson, Laura Arellano, Patrice Arent, Bette Arial, Neil Ashdown, Bruce Baird, Heather Barney, Steve Barth, Jeff Bell, Tom Berggren, Mike Bertelsen, Ron Bigelow, Emily Bingham-Hollingshead, Rob Bishop, Laura Black, Nanci Bockelie, Charles Bradley, Jim Bradley, Ralph Brown, Chris Bleak, Curt Bramble, Joel Briscoe, Ralph Brown, Aaron Browning, Ken Bullock, Ric Cantrell, Maura Carabello, Marty Carpenter, Rebecca Chavez-Houck, Kay Christensen, David Clark, Kim Coleman, Peter Corroon, Tim Cosgrove, Fred Cox, Lew Cramer, Gene Davis, Richard Davis, Brad Daw, Alan Dayton, Margaret Dayton, Mike Deaver, Brad, Dee, Joseph Demma, Jake Dennis, Dan Deuel, Jeff Dixon, Brian Doughty, Carl Downing, Randy Dryer, Susan Duckworth, Donald Dunn, Alan Eastman, Becky Edwards, Scott Ericson, Chase Everton, Jessica Fawson, Janice Fisher, Wendy Fisher, Lorie Fowlke, Ronald Fox, Claire Francis, Ryan Frandsen, Adam Gardiner, Jordan Garn, Ernie Gamonal, Luke Garrott, Dave Gessel, Sheryl Ginsberg, Natalie Gochnour, Robert Grow, Karen Hale, David Hansen, Neil Hansen, Joe Hatch, Jeff Hartley, Dan Hauser, Lynn Hemmingway, Deidre Henderson, Neal Hendrickson, Casey Hill, Lyle Hillyard, Kory Holdaway, Randy Horiuchi, Ben Horsley, Bruce Hough, Scott Howell, Greg Hughes, Miriam Hyde, Allison Isom, Casey Jackson, Eric Jergensen, Mike Jerman, Jonathan Johnson, Michael Jolley, Gordon Jones, Leslie Jones, Pat Jones, Kirk Jowers, Jeremy Keele, Brian King, Scott Konopasek, Steve Kroes, Chris Kyler, Carter Livingston, Fred Lampropoulos, Clark Larsen, Douglas Larson, David Litvack, Larry Lunt, Matt Lyon, Ben McAdams, Daniel McCay, Gayle McKeachnie, JT Martin, Maryann Martindale, Jason Mathis, Bob Mayhew, Karen Mayne, Bret Milburn, Derek Miller, Rob Miller, Ethan Millard, Brett Millburn, Karen Morgan, Jeffery Morton, Mike Mower, Holly Mullen, Wayne Niederhauser, Mike Noel, Randy O’Hara, Ralph Okerlund, James Olsen, Val Oveson, Kelly Patterson, John Pearce, Helen Peters, Karen Peterson, Frank Pignanelli, Becky Pirente, Marie Poulson, Jason Powers, Tami Pyfer, Joe Pyrah, Mike Reberg, Jill Remington Love, Lauren Richards, Holly Richardson, Robin Riggs, James Roberts, Luz Robles, Ross Romero, Carol Sapp, Don Savage, Bryan Schott, Shauna Scott-Bellaccomo, Jay Seegmiller, Jennifer Seelig, Patrick Shea, Randy Shumway, Soren Simonsen, Jeremy Slaughter, Brendan Smith, Brian Somers, Carol Spackman-Moss, Robert Spendlove, Barbara Stallone, Howard Stephenson, David Stringfellow, Mike Styler, Shinika Sykes, Juliette Tennert, Gary Thorup, Kevin Van Tassell, Royce Van Tassel, Doug Thompson, Michael Waddoups, Laura Warburton, Chuck Warren, Christine Watkins, LaVarr Webb, Todd Weiler, Alan West, Mark Wheatley, Larry Wiley, Ted Wilson, Carl Wimmer, Mike Winder, Travis Wood, Thomas Wright, Crystal Young-Otterstrom

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