The Regulatory Capture of American Medicine by the Drug and Alcohol Testing, Assessment and Treatment Industry

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Regulatory Capture?

Langan MD

[By Michael Lawrence Langan MD]

Regulatory capture is a form of government failure that occurs when a regulatory agency created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or political concerns of special interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating and introduced in an article by George J. Stigler in 1971 entitled The Theory of Economic Regulation. The main idea of the article can be summarized in Stigler’s (1971: 3) affirmation that:

“…as a rule, regulation is acquired by the industry and is designed and operated primarily for its benefits.”

The Regulatory Capture of American Medicine by the Drug and Alcohol Testing, Assessment and Treatment Industry


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  1. Limits on drug testing for unemployment benefits cancelled

    The president just did away with rules limiting the ability of states to drug test for unemployment benefits in signing a CRA resolution from Congress at the end of March.

    The rule had stipulated that states could only perform drug test for occupations the Labor Department said regularly required drug tests.

    Republicans argued the Labor Department overstepped its executive authority by prohibiting states from drafting their own drug testing policies.

    Democrats defended the rules, saying they gave states the ability to randomly drug test workers who through no fault of their own are unemployed, poor or in need of public assistance.



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