I am concerned with the issue of random drug testing. I am 62 years old and I don’t take illegal drugs.
When I was stopped for a roadside drug test (my first time) I was told to lick the stick that was produced for the test. I asked what was on it and was told nothing was on it.
After licking the stick straight away I had a very unpleasant taste-bud reaction that is hard to describe which lasted at least four hours.
After the test I asked if there was a material safety data sheet on the chemicals that I had just been given, the officer did not have any information to give me.
The senior police officer who rang me after my complaint to the Ombudsman, did refer to information from the test-kit manufacturer of the chemicals involved but this information is not available from the police for me to see.
I wonder why it is not available? I want to know the chemicals so I can determine what caused my reaction and what ingesting the chemicals might do to me.
If I am randomly tested again I will be breaking the law if I refuse the test, I will not be licking the stick again.
The fact that I made a complaint may be helpful if I am taken to court for refusing the test.
I am more than willing to give my saliva, maybe I can spit on the stick instead of licking an unknown quantity.
I am a feeling bit uneasy having to break the law by refusing the test: ingredients are given on a packet of instant noodles.
Robert Podhajsky, Ocean Shores