ERIC Number: EJ799021
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Why We Test Students for Drugs
Brady, Lisa A.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n8 p51-55 Apr 2008
Today, there is a collective national awareness that an unacceptable number of teens are involved in the use of dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine, ecstasy, and heroin, and they have access to high-grade marijuana. Alcohol use, even more pervasive, results in risky sexual behaviors, automobile accidents, and even death. To the dismay of many school administrators and school boards, responsibility has bubbled over from homes and into schools. Many superintendents and school boards resist the idea of shared responsibility in keeping students drug and alcohol free. Many strongly oppose the notion of schools testing students for illegal substances. Even though the Supreme Court has upheld random drug testing (in 1995) for students involved in athletics and again (in 2002) for students involved in extracurricular activities, they fear legal challenges and pushback from parents, students, and liberal advocacy groups. In this article, the author, a superintendent at Hunterdon Central Regional High School District in Flemington, New Jersey, describes how their random drug-testing program resulted in a significant, well-documented decrease in the use of drugs and alcohol and encourages other schools to explore the use of random student drug testing as part of a comprehensive effort to diminish the use of alcohol and other drugs in their schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey