Positive Drug Tests A Drag On The Court System

NEBRASKA:  The vast majority of people given drug tests before Madison County District Court hearings come up positive, and that’s creating a problem for the court system.

Madison County Attorney Joe Smith said there have been “a tremendous amount of failures” of drug tests, which lead to cases being delayed and increases in cost to the county and the defendants.

While just about anyone can be required to take a drug test before appearing in district court, most of those who are asked to do so are either suspected of being under the influence or are in court on a drug charge.

“One recent day we actually tested about all of the people who came in on drug offenses to just check compliance. And eight out of the 11 bonds were revoked, and (the defendants’) hearings had to be rescheduled, which is a drag on the system,” Smith said.