News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Calls for better ways to measure cannabis impairment

Marijuana campaign calls for better ways to measure cannabis impairment

Current forms of drug testing do not measure impairment and better ways are needed, says NORML, New Zealand’s longest-running marijuana campaign group.

There have been demands for compulsory random drug testing of tourism operators in the wake of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) inquiry into the January 2012 Carterton ballooning tragedy.

“NORML has consistently promoted the responsible use of cannabis. Our principles include Adults Only, Respect the Rights of Others, and No Driving While Impaired,” said Chris Fowlie, spokesperson for the campaign.

“However it’s important to realise that current drug testing methods do not measure impairment and may have made no difference.

“Urine tests do not measure impairment but simply detect past exposure – which could be from weeks or months prior, or second-hand smoke. Saliva tests are unreliable, inadmissable under New Zealand law, and easily beaten with mouthwashes. Blood tests are intrusive and impractical in everyday settings.

“There is clearly a need for better methods to measure actual impairment,” said Mr Fowlie.

“To this end, our NORML colleagues in Colorado – where the responsible use cannabis by adults is legal – have developed an evidence-based iPhone App called Walk or Drive that accurately measures impairment.

“Walk or Drive is similar to the Police’s Field Sobriety Test but is objective and without bias.”

Walk or Drive helps responsible people quickly, privately and accurately determine their impairment level prior to driving. Walk or Drive can help individuals assess their performance regardless of the cause, including marijuana, alcohol, medication, illness or fatigue.

ENDS



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Tom Scott's Avantdale Bowling Club: The 10th Annual Taite Music Prize Announced

The Taite Music Prize 2019 ceremony also saw the presentation of the Auckland Live Best Independent Debut, Independent Spirit Award, and Independent Music NZ Classic Record award. More>>

ALSO:

Elisabeth Calder: Gifted Editor And Publisher To Receive Honorary Doctorate

The English editor and publisher who discovered some of the greatest writers of our times, including Salman Rushdie, Julian Barnes and Anita Brookner, will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) by the University of Canterbury (UC) at the University’s Arts and Science graduation ceremony on 18 April. More>>

Howard Davis: Charlie Parker With Strings - Live!

Hear these swinging rhythms with lush strings and a twist of bebop when Dick Oatts performs Charlie Parker with Strings accompanied by the New Zealand String Quartet and Jazz Ensemble, Musical Director Rodger Fox. More>>

Disaster Response: Canterbury Quakes - 'Widespread Adverse Effects' On Mental Health

The researchers noted that while support services such as free counselling exist, New Zealand's public health services are already under strain and even small increases in demand may result in a considerable extra burden for health workers. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland