August 13, 2000
Martin Sheen's compassion "for people addicted to drugs and for their families" (Commentary, Aug. 7) is laudable, but his preoccupation with urine testing is not constructive. The bottom line: We must treat patients, not urines. Addiction is indeed a disease, but it is irrational to punish individuals for manifesting the behavior that defines that disease. It is particularly inappropriate to oblige treatment providers to notify law enforcement agencies of positive urine results, knowing that this will lead to incarceration.
July 10, 2013 |
Mark Cavendish and the rest of the riders on the Tour de France have more than their share of hardships to deal with during the grueling event. The British rider surely could have done without the disrespectful -- not to mention disgusting -- ordeal he is said to have endured during Wednesday's Stage 11, when a spectator allegedly threw urine all over Cavendish somewhere along the 20.5-mile time trial route in Normandy. Cavendish is a top rider but isn't having the best of tours this year.
May 7, 2013 |
This story would be funny if it weren't so sad. Texas Longhorns pitcher Corey Knebel was suspended from the team on Friday because he substituted his urine sample for a teammate's to prevent the teammate from failing a drug test. Problem: Knebel's urine sample failed the test. According to the Austin American-Statesman , Knebel agreed to let the teammate use his sample to avoid detection for having taken Adderall, which is used to treat ADHD. Adderall is on the NCAA's banned list of substances, unless you have a doctor's prescription for it to treat ADHD or narcolepsy.
September 22, 2013 |
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller tried to cheat the NFL's drug-testing program with the help of the person assigned to collect his urine sample, according to an ESPN report. Miller, who was second in the league with 18 1/2 sacks last season, had been suspended for the first six games -- inexplicably, two more games than the typical NFL penalty for that transgression. According to the report, Miller's representatives and the players union were prepared to fight his initial four-game suspension but backed off when they became aware Miller and the collector worked together to help the player avoid a failed choice.
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February 11, 2010 |
An 18-year-old Manhattan Beach man was arrested at Pacific Elementary School on Monday after allegedly offering to pay a third-grader for his urine. Kevin Manuel Duron is believed to have entered a boys bathroom on the campus late last week and offered to pay a boy several dollars to urinate into a cup, Manhattan Beach Police Det. Sgt. Brian Brown said. When Duron failed to persuade the boy, police said, he apparently returned Monday for another try. He was taken into custody after reappearing at the elementary school, Brown said.
March 18, 2002 |
The urine of women who take the contraceptive pill is changing the sex of male fish and could also be making Englishmen less fertile, a newspaper reported. Fears for the sperm count, in decline for decades, arose after Environment Agency research showed that half of all the male fish in low-lying English rivers were changing sex as a result of water pollution, the Independent on Sunday said.