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Letter: Many drugs hang around in system for long time

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Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 9:11 am

Too bad the Tribune writer covering the growing drug DUI prosecutions made so little effort to be thorough.

What he fails to point out is that many drugs and medications including the ones mentioned in the article, marijuana and Oxycodone, remain in your body in an inactive state long beyond the time of use and long beyond any point of impairment.

It’s good for the prosecutor’s business to point a finger at drug abusers like Whitney Houston, but your neighbor who had a tooth pulled last week and took painkillers for a day or two is just as likely to be arrested in Mesa for DUI because the drug is still in his system. Our laws state that it is illegal to have certain drugs in your body and operate a vehicle, including marijuana which can remain for 30 days or more after use, long beyond any question of impairment.

So what the article really says is that the prosecutor knows this and the city is cashing in on lab tests to collect fines from people who are not impaired or a Whitney-like threat to our safety.

Perhaps what is needed is for the law to be changed, not more taxpayer-funded lab facilities.

To be fair and thorough, the writer might perhaps have interviewed a defense attorney to get the other side of the story.

Teri Cann


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