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May 23, 2008

Re "Prescription overdose," May 18

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy bears some responsibility for the rise in prescription overdose deaths. It has been pushing student drug tests without alerting schools and parents to their downside: urinalysis only deters marijuana use because synthetic pharmaceuticals exit the body quickly.

This information is readily available on the Internet. It's one of the reasons the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes involuntary drug testing.

Urinalysis provides incentives for marijuana users to switch to harder drugs.

Robert Sharpe

Policy Analyst, Common

Sense for Drug Policy

Washington

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