The debate over sniffer dogs continues to rage. Critics claim sniffer dog programs are inefficient, ineffective, and even dangerous. Advocates say they’re a serious crime deterrent and if you don’t want to get in trouble, just say no.

As Tone Deaf recently reported, there’s even evidence that suggests the targets sniffer dogs choose may have less to do with the dog’s senses and their training than their police officer handlers, who may be the ones actually calling the shots.

Still, it seems sniffer dogs and their handlers are here to stay, right? Well, not so fast. A call for a drug probe has arisen in the Australian parliament which would inquire into a raft of anti-drug measures, including sniffer dogs.

As the Herald Sun reports, measures including roadside drug tests for people driving on medication and sniffer dogs at music festivals will be put under scrutiny during a proposed parliamentary inquiry.

The call for the drug probe is set to be put to Parliament today and is expected to see ministers delve into issues on synthetic, pharmaceutical, and illegal substances, examining the efficacy of Australia’s current policies.

The impairment of drivers on prescription drugs such as antidepressants like Xanax or pain medications like OxyContin will be probed, along with the idea of introducing involuntary rehabilitation for ice addicts rather than jail.

The motion is being introduced to Parliament by Sex Party MP Fiona Patten. “This is not about legalising drugs, it’s about looking at how effective our current drug policies are,” Ms Patten told the Herald Sun.

Both major parties are expected to support the motion in principle, but Opposition police spokesman Edward O’Donohue is unsure about the inquiry, voicing concerns about weakening drug laws as police face increasing trouble with drug-related crime.

“While we are yet to see the final motion, it is inconceivable to weaken drug laws at a time when our community is facing growing challenges with crimes associated with drug use,” he said.

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