Diagnosis gone awry: A flawed drug test could be sending thousands of innocent people to jail each year

Peggy Zuckerman peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 12 19:08:06 UTC 2016

This is a compelling and frightening story, not only as to the severe
limitations of the testing procedure, but of the lack of legal help
available in this stressed system--stressed to some degree because of the
impact of trying innocent people, whose innocense should have been verified
by a test.

Lots of sad parallels for the medical world, in which those who must use
testing of all sorts may not be aware of similar testing limitations. The
patients may not know the language, the impact of the outcomes, nor how to
assess the issues that would lead to better or worse outcomes.  Not knowing
the rules, the players and the uncertainties...as a minimum, we need to
educate both patients and providers as to these issues.

Further, we cannot expect cops or others having an overreliance on poor
testing to 'treat' without better confirmation of the facts.


Peggy Zuckerman

On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM, Mark Graber <graber.mark at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is a disturbing article in this week’s NY Times magazine on the
> roadside tests police use to detect narcotics.  People are being jailed for
> narcotics possession based on tests that have high, and unknown, rates of
> false positive results.
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