ITALY NEWS

Drugs and politics

(issue no. 112/2009 / November 19, 2009)

After the president of the Lazio region was caught on tape with a transgender prostitute after having used cocaine, mayors and politicians across Italy are calling on other public servants to undergo drug tests. Although the tests being demanded would be voluntary, Rome's mayor Gianni Alemanno, recently said he intended to impose mandatory drug tests on all city officials and people with institutional responsibility. He offered urine and hair samples to set an example for the rest. ‘As far as I'm concerned, these tests should be obligatory for everyone in municipal, provincial and regional government, as a guarantee for all citizens,' he told reporters.

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