"Since drug use is prohibited with a maximum of six months imprisonment, the police are allowed to conduct drug tests (blood or urine) if there is reasonable cause to believe that a person is under the influence of drugs, however not on persons younger than 15 years old. The conservatives have however suggested a change in the legislation so that also these persons could be tested, in order to detect and stop drug use among young teenagers at an early stage. Not only the conservative former Minister of Justice and the present Social Welfare City Commissioner of Stockholm are advocating this for example, but also representatives from other parties as well. A response to criticism on the proposal is that the health of the children is more important than their integrity."


Report to the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction by the Reitox National Focal Point of Sweden, Folkhalsoinstitutet (National Institute of Public Health), "Sweden Drug Situation 2000" (Stockholm, Sweden: NIPH and EMCDDA, December 2000), p. 13.