Pediatricians believe all teens should be drug tested regularly...

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by BeautifullyChaotic, Nov 1, 2011.

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  1. BeautifullyChaotic

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    What are your feelings about this? Do you think doctors should be allowed to screen teens for drugs at annual visits? Or do you think it infringes on their human rights?
    Do you feel this comes as a result of more and more parents becoming lazy and not bothering to know and talk to their children and actually parent? Or do you feel this is a good tool for parents?

    I personally feel that this is an infringement on their rights, and that it is my job to talk to my kids about drugs and test them if I see that they are behaving erratically or their personality changes or they start behaving in a way that is unusual and they refuse to talk to me about it. That by forcing drug tests on them we are teaching them that we don't trust them simply because they are teenagers. I don't have a problem with the doctor asking them about drug use, but forcing screenings on them is not going to show them that they are growing into adults and should be trusted as such, it's going to show them that because they are teenagers that nothing they say matters and that they have no rights.
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  2. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    I think it's an infringement on human rights,what next? Annual checks to make sure a girls hymen is intact until she reaches the age of consent.All teens hand over their laptops and phones annually to make sure that no porn is present. I know that's a bit silly but I just think that it's dangerous when government starts thinking they can police every aspect of our lives. Making sure young people have all the information and are properly educated in the dangers of drugs is all you can realistically do. At the end of the day drug taking is just one of many choices we have to make in our lives.
  3. Kaos General

    Kaos General Well-Known Member

    Human Rights? Oh you mean the Human Rights act of the UK and the European Convention of Human Rights? I didnt know they applied in the US, who knew.
  4. In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place Well-Known Member

    Well you know what I mean lol,still think it's all down to personal choice,all you can do is educate about drugs,sex etc...
  5. hornbeam

    hornbeam Well-Known Member

    no way - .....
  6. houseofcards

    houseofcards Well-Known Member

    What would happen if I was to come up as positive for say, cocaine and marijuana in my blood? Would they simply tell my parents, or would they actually hand over the teens names to the police?

    They should just keep their noses in their own business and leave it to parents to do as they wish.
  7. BeautifullyChaotic

    BeautifullyChaotic Well-Known Member

    This question has been brought up by many people on many other forums and the arguments vary and are as follows;

    1) Doctor patient privilege would prevent the doctor from giving the results of the drug test to the parents without the consent of the child, and the testing is likely so the doctor knows what specific concerns he should address with the child in private.

    2) Doctor patient privilege doesn't extend to children in matters other than sexual health, the parents would be notified and given treatment options.

    3) The doctor has a responsibility to contact Health and Human Services Department of Child Health and Welfare (also known as child protection services in some places) and can recommend the child be committed to either inpatient or outpatient treatment via legal hearing in front of a judge, with a guardian ad litem.
  8. ExtraSoap

    ExtraSoap Well-Known Member

    hell no unless the child gives consent. that's infringing on our 4th amendment(?) right to privacy. If i want to do marijuana, which i do from time to time, that's my choice, not the governments, not my parents. and therefore i should live with the consequences if it becomes a habit.
  9. Underground

    Underground Well-Known Member

    There was really no need to be sarcastic. Especially since 'human rights' is an ambiguous term, anyway. He's right.

    The United Nations Convention on Human Rights applies to the United States since they are a signatory nation/member state, they also have an important document called a Constitution which is there to protect their human rights from things like this.
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