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Monday, December 13, 2010

Drug Testing in High School?

People have mixed feelings about random drug testing for high school students, some people think that it is overkill and unnecessary while others believe that it could save lives as well as prevent addiction. High school students are, in most cases, still minors which means that what their parents want should be catered to; there are a number of parents who simply do not have the resources to be testing their children who they suspect might be abusing drugs, so it makes sense that it should become the responsibility of public schools to get to the bottom of such problems. There are some schools across the country that have adopted random drug testing programs and there are more schools considering such things every day as reports are showing a rise in drug and alcohol use.

A new report has shown an increase in drug and alcohol use at Oak Park-River Forest High School, a parent’s group is thinking of testing some students for various drugs as well as using drug-sniffing dogs to search lockers and parking lots for alcohol, illegal drugs and abused prescription drugs. Parents against such programs feel that these tests as well as drug sniffing dogs will be a violation of students' privacy. Dean Jason Dennis told parents he believed 5 percent to 10 percent of the 3,200 students at the school use drugs. “Most kids are doing great things,” he said.

On the contrary, a school report found 39 percent of seniors admitted to “binge” drinking in the last two weeks, up from 37 percent in 2008. Some 41 percent of seniors said they smoked marijuana in the previous month, up from 33 percent in 2008. That’s more than double the national average. Reports like those can be unsettling and back the belief that it is a good thing to do drug testing at random, addiction often shows up in the teenage years, the sooner a problem is discovered the better.

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