The ASAM plans to introduce non-FDA approved “forensic” Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) into mainstream healthcare via a loophole. This same group introduced most of these tests through a loophole and now they want to drug-and alcohol TEST EVERYBODY including STUDENTS AND KIDS through another loophole! These tests are of unknown reliability and accuracy. The LDT pathway does not even require proof that the test is even valid (i.e. that the test is actually testing for the substance it claims to be testing) but with no FDA oversight or regulation the labs can claim anything they want in marketing it and they do.
If a doctor collects a test on a “patient” the test is rendered “clinical” rather than “forensic” and by deeming this drug-testing “clinical” rather than “forensic” they can then call the consequences of a positive test “treatment” rather than “punishment. ” It is via this loophole they plan to introduce and unleash the panoply of junk-science tests currently being used on other groups who have no say in the matter (probationers, parolees, private professional monitoring groups, etc. ) onto the general population at large. A boon for the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association and the assessment and treatment industry but a bane to the rest of society. And to prevent this from happening more people need to be talking about this.