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article imageOp-Ed: Should Mayor Rob Ford have a drug test?

By KJ Mullins     May 17, 2013 in Politics
Toronto - At least three reporters, two from the Toronto Star and one from Gawker, have reportedly watched a video on a cell phone of what appears to be Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking a substance from what they believe is a crack pipe.
The video allegedly was filmed at a residence on Dixon Road during the winter.
According to the Toronto Star the short video ended with a man who appears to be Mayor Rob Ford looking directly into the camera of the cell phone and saying that the camera better not be on.
This story is breaking right before the long Victoria Day weekend, making it more difficult to get comments from City Hall. City Councillor Shelley Carroll's office said that this is a delicate situation and that Carroll has yet to make a statement about the issue. Several other councillors are out of town or swamped in meetings this morning.
Mayor Rob Ford's office said to contact his spokesperson George Christopoulos. An email has yet to be returned.
Could a drug test tell if Mayor Rob Ford smoked crack cocaine? While cocaine doesn't stay in the body for a long period of time benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of the drug does remain in the liver of crack cocaine users. The substance can be detected for some time after crack cocaine use. A person who has used 0.5 grams or more during one occasion can test positive for benzoylecgonine eight days after their last use while heavy crack cocaine users can test positive up to 22 days after their last use.
While no one was willing to be quoted from City Hall the general consensus is that drug testing is not something that is done in Toronto other than for Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) employees.
Considering that there are those at City Hall that would like people receiving social assistance to undergo drug testing it may not be a bad idea for those deciding on how to spend Toronto's budget be tested as well.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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