Employees to get drug-tested, if Met chief has his way

The head of the Metropolitan Police has suggested that millions of employees in the UK should face mandatory drug testing.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

If the tales of cocaine-fuelled client soirees in the City have a shred of truth to them, it might be time for some professionals to rein in their antics. 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner has proposed that millions of workers should be made to do drug tests at work. Anyone who fails a test and then refuses help getting clean would be fired. 

He said that such a practice would help drive down demand for drugs throughout the UK, but said in particular that teachers, intensive care nurse and public transport staff should be the main professions targeted. 

Speaking to an all-parliamentary group on cannabis and children, Hogan-Howe said: ‘It seems to me we have got to plant in people’s minds something to affect the demand as well as supply. You can think of many occupations where if you were working with a colleague you would want to be sure in fact that they were drug free.’

He did add however that he would not want to see other staff members having to grass up their colleagues and tell the police.

Drug-testing such as this is already pretty common and widely accepted in the US, but do we really want to see it introduced over here? Answers on a postcard (or comment, or tweet) please…

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