Compulsory drug tests for children planned

Compulsory drug tests of children under 15 should be made possible, Sweden's Justice Minister Beatrice Ask has said. Police, social services and school nurses should be able to demand urine or blood samples from children suspected of using drugs - even if parents object, Ask argued.

“I am going to establish a committee to bring forward a concrete proposal, so that we can put it to the Riksdag as soon as possible,” Ask told Svenska Dagbladet.

The justice minister is currently working on a set of instructions for the committee.

The proposal is likely to meet with opposition from Social Democrats. Thomas Bodström, chairman of the Riksdag’s justice committee, called the proposal “populist.”