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Former justice minister refuses a drugs test

The Local · 23 Aug 2010, 10:57

Published: 23 Aug 2010 10:57 GMT+02:00

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Bodström is in favour of introducing voluntary drug testing and lectures regularly on the issue, while his successor as justice minister Beatrice Ask is in favour of introducing compulsory drug testing of young people. Sveriges Radio's P3 programme decided therefore to ask the two leading politicians to submit to a drug test.

When a P3 reporter arrived at Bodström's office in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, he initially agreed to submit a sample of urine for testing.

"Yes, you can test me for drugs," Bodström said after having been introduced to a nurse who works with drug abuse and testing issues, at which point the Sveriges Radio reporter said, "then we need to find a toilet."

Once it became clear that the drug test was to happen immediately, Bodström rose from his chair and removed his jacket and was apparently prepared to submit a urine sample.

But immediately after the nurse explained which drugs would be shown by the test - amphetamines, hash, opiates and benzodiazepines - Bodström changed his mind.

"No, never mind. I am backing out. I don't feel like it now, I feel that it would be too personal and I feel all sweaty with my shirt and everything," he said to the reporter and nurse.

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Thomas Bodström later explained that he felt that he did not want to take off his clothes in front of a stranger to perform the test and said that the introduction of any testing should be conducted with caution.

Beatrice Ask meanwhile submitted to the test without reservation.

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Your comments about this article

11:24 August 23, 2010 by hpunlimited
Mr.Boström has been hitting the bong or has a tiny willy?
11:36 August 23, 2010 by spo10
That only shows he's using one of these drugs.
12:47 August 23, 2010 by Swedesmith
He's in favor of voluntary drug testing for OTHER people.
13:23 August 23, 2010 by unt9
Whats a point in testing adults, how it will help them to go of? Alcohol is a serious drug, why its not included in the test?
15:29 August 23, 2010 by flintis
No he's a socialist or neo communist, one rule for the upper echelon, the poor peasants must abide by the rules they make.
15:52 August 23, 2010 by locaxy
Big Brother society!

The use of drugs should be decriminalized.
16:59 August 23, 2010 by eZee.se

Bingo! You hit the the nail right on its head!

Politicians like making rules for the "lessers" (i.e you and me) but dont want to be bound by those same rules.

Check British politics for more examples).

Ironic really when they are the most corrupt and slimy creatures of all.
17:37 August 23, 2010 by glamelixir
I want that test runned of Reinfeldt.

I actually think every politician should do so.

It is part of their social responsibility.
18:18 August 23, 2010 by hjoian
if these control crazy politicians want to control the people then everyone in an official post,politicians and police officers in particular, should be drug tested evrey week by an independent testing process. I would like to see the results after 3 months!
18:59 August 23, 2010 by mark65
Typical politician......One rule for us and another for them. He is up to his nose in the white stuff........
21:49 August 23, 2010 by mjennin2
Historically speaking, the world's greatest leaders were the ones who lead by example. In fact, the very contextual description of the word "leader" is "the one who goes first". It is the makings of tyranny when we have leaders who refuse to subject themselves to the very law they push upon others.

And @unt9 - you can't make a test for alcoholism, you numbskull. Alcohol doesn't store any evidence outside of having a (temporarily) elevated BAC level.
00:24 August 24, 2010 by Radical1

That is so true!!
06:22 August 24, 2010 by glamelixir
I agree with all of you guys.

Now, the thing is, they are there to represent US, we should make our voice heard through. Let's go for this, I would love it.

There must be a way to reach and make the proposal.
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