Vice Squad
Friday, March 05, 2004
Illinois House Looking to Increase Jobless Rate

Once you decide that a substance is evil, there doesn't seem to be any limit as to how far you might go in combating the substance. You become willing to put people in jail if they happen to possess that substance. You become willing to put people in jail if you have evidence that they once used that substance. You do not let deathly ill people use that substance, even if it helps relieve some of their symptoms. You declare items that might be used in combination with that substance to be prohibited, too. And yesterday, an Illinois House panel (Chicago Tribune registration required) decided that it would be a good idea to put people in jail if they possessed some item that might confound the tests designed to uncover use of the demon substance:

"The legislation, endorsed 13-0 by the Judiciary Criminal Law Committee, would impose a $1,000 minimum fine and possible prison time for anyone caught with another person's urine with the intent to deceive testers.

The penalties also could be imposed for possessing other products used to cheat drug tests, such as synthetic urine, human saliva or shampoo specially formulated to deceive hair follicle tests.

Any merchant who sold the products, such as over the Internet, and shipped them to Illinois customers could also be charged under the legislation."

Why the "Increase Jobless Rate" headline? Well, the Committee acted out of "growing concern that people are cheating on drug tests to get a job."

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