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Drug Testing Of Students

Future generations may well look back on the past hundred years in which drugs were a major center of conflict on planet Earth. Humans see no harm in using drugs sold in pharmacies which make them feel better, but if a human uses a drug not sold in a pharmacy that makes them feel better, it becomes a crime. The Philippine government is conducting random drug tests of children in school. The most interesting aspect of this drug program is asking teachers and administrators to select which students are to be tested. Imagine a teacher pointing out student “X” as the one to be tested and discovering that individual tested for drugs? Imagine if other students discovered their teacher was pointing out potential criminals to the police?

One is also left wondering what would happen if several thousand students tested positive for drugs. Would schools then organize programs dealing with drug abuse? Would the students be placed in the criminal court system and subject to drug rehabilitation programs? It is all well and good to test people, but does anyone have a program in mind to assist the students who test positive?

US Drug Company Tested Drugs On Nigerian Children!

The Nigerian government is taking on Pfizer for the drug company’s actions during a 1994 epidemic in their country during which at least 200 Nigerian children were used as guinea pigs to test a new drug according to an article in today’s Der Spiegel. It is estimated at least eleven children died and others were left with disabilities. Batatunde Irukera, a Nigerian lawyer was eating breakfast last October when approached by an old man who turned out to be a journalist who had devoted years to investigating the case. The man discovered the remnant of a file folder containing the statement: “Pfizer Meningitis Study” and a pink card which had the initials, “A.M.” They were able to trace the A.M. to a sixteen year old who was among the children that were tested. Pfizer in 1994 wanted to place on the market a new drug named Trovan which supposedly dealt with a variety of infections. Testing new drugs in the United States can be a long, drawn-out process so Pfizer was delighted it could test the drug in Nigeria which was experiencing an epidemic. There are now four law suits pending in Nigeria against Pfizer.

This incident raises questions more than furnishes answers. Should drugs be tested in poor areas of the world because it is time consuming to test them in post industrial societies? What type of information should be furnished impoverished people, who might lack education, concerning a drug program?