ERIC Number: EJ841359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Voluntary, Randomized, Student Drug-Testing: Impact in a Rural, Low-Income, Community
Barrington, Kyle D.
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v52 n1 p47-66 Apr 2008
Illegal drug use and abuse by the nation's secondary school students is a continuing public health issue and this is especially true for students living in rural, low-income areas where access to intervention and treatment services is often limited. To address this issue, some school districts have implemented voluntary, randomized, student drug-testing (VRSDT) programs. The quantitative findings of this quasi-experimental study revealed that VRSDT had no significant impact on students' self-reported rates of illegal drug use. However, the study's qualitative results indicated that a VRSDT program may be more than just a primary prevention program. Because of this, school administrators interviewed during this study indicated they felt VRSDT of students was still worth the costs and efforts to implement.
Descriptors: Drug Use Testing, Secondary School Students, Rural Areas, Low Income Groups, Prevention, Drug Use, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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