Argentina: bishop supports drug tests for politicians
March 11, 2014
A leading Argentine bishop has lent support to a mayor’s proposal to require elected officials to undergo drug testing.
“I think it would be a good idea, first of all because it is a way to know that the official is a healthy person, then to confirm the confidence of all in this person, since we know that, unfortunately, now drugs have entered all levels of society,” said Bishop Virginio Domingo Bressanelli of Neuquén, the first vice president of the bishops’ conference.
The prelate told the Fides news agency that he “is very concerned that drug use among the young increases every day … We have to think of new policies to protect children and youth from this scourge. We should also deal with things from an educational point of view, offer something different to the young. Some young people do not see the future, they have no family support, no family, their formation is insufficient and therefore seek happiness in what seems to be the easiest thing.”
The problem, he added, “is not solved with criminalization and prison.”
- New policies for young people are urgently needed, because "drugs have entered all levels of society" (Fides)