ERIC Number: ED483226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Sep
What You Need To Know about Starting a Student Drug-Testing Program.
Colston, Stephenie; Stephenson, Bob; LoDico, Charles; Vogl, Walt; Price, Deborah; Disselkoen, Robyn; Modzeleski, Bill; Deramond, Helene; Mazza, Jacqueline
US Department of Justice
Drugs are a significant barrier to learning, and the use of drugs by even a small number of students can affect the entire atmosphere of a school. Recognizing this, many administrators, parents, and students appreciate having a tool as powerful as student drug testing available as an additional component in their school?s comprehensive drug and alcohol prevention and early intervention program. Drug testing may not always be the solution to drug use by young people, nor is it right for every school. But for those schools that have determined that drug use is a significant problem and that testing is an appropriate response, it is important to keep in mind that the purpose is not to punish students who use drugs. The goals are to deter nonusing students from ever using drugs, to encourage nondependent users to stop before they get into more serious trouble with drugs or encourage others to follow suit, and to identify those who need early intervention, recovery support, and/or clinical treatment services.
Descriptors: School Support, Measurement Techniques, Early Intervention, Drug Use, Intervention, Drug Use Testing
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A