“Send ‘Em To Jail That Day!” The Newest Frontier in the Drug War and the People Who Make Millions from It

The annual Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) conference, held in 2012 in San Antonio, Texas, looks like any other industry gathering. The 600 or so attendees sip their complimentary Starbucks coffee, munch on small plates of muffins and fresh fruit, and backslap old acquaintances as they file into a sprawling Marriott hotel conference hall. They will hear a keynote address by Robert DuPont, who served as drug policy director under Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Nothing odd about any of this until you consider that the main subject of the conference is urine.

Seventy-seven years old, DuPont adopts the air of a sprightly televangelist as he outlines what he calls “the new battle lines” in the war on drugs, one that “begins with kids.” At the climax of his speech, DuPont offers “the new paradigm” of drug treatment: a program that one controversial Hawaiian judge administers to all drug-addicted probationers he oversees. “If they test positive,” he says, his voice slowly rising into a high-pitched yell, “they go to jail that day! No discussion!… No discretion! To jail that day!”

As DuPont finishes his speech, the hundreds of drug-testing company representatives in the audience rise to give him a standing ovation.

DuPont is in an expansive mood following his speech. Since the 1980s, he has been in the business of selling drug-testing services to employers. As far as he’s concerned, drug tests should be given to “anybody who receives a benefit,” from unemployment insurance to welfare. “Test ‘em all!” he exclaims.

– Read the entire article in AlterNet.

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8 Comments

  1. Dave on

    Hey Bhonze:
    You’re on the right track but going in the wrong direction. You’re using the wrong “C” word-your last sentence should say, ‘This is just more Conservatism’! If you move further to the right you’ll get Fascism.

    It’s like this:
    “While Americans were told and did guard their front doors against Communism, Fascism sneaked in through their back doors! Look behind the curtain, it’s the Fascist running the show!

    On another but similar level look into:
    Right Wing Authoritarian (RWA) and their followers.

  2. Bhonze on

    Fuck that Dick! My company doesn’t drug test unless you get hurt on the job. You can tell if an employee is under the influence and you don’t need to waste money on these wasteful drug test. This is just more Communism!

  3. Paul Pot on

    Prohibition is a crime against humanity and these people are criminals. After the drug war is over we must not fail to put these criminals on trial.

  4. Mad Matt on

    If they were all smoking in the closet anyway. They’re the big wigs at their companies, who’s testing them? Maybe that guy from NY (Katz?) could jump on board and be an unpaid spokesperson.

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  6. gutrod on

    Robert DuPont. The name wreaks of big business interests. I’m sure they all cracked a bottle of liquid dope after their evil agenda.

  7. RR on

    What he really meant to say was, Test em all! so we get richer!, hahaha.
    DuPont spits in the face towards mankind

  8. RR on

    What he really meant to say was, Test em all! so we get richer!, hahaha.
    DuPont is a spit in the face towards mankind