Drug Testing in High School
Today's blog contains a relevant Letter-to-the-Editor, that was never published nor answered...
An article appeared in the Marion Star Newspaper (Ohio) concerning drug testing in high school. The article stated that random drug testing could be done more than once a year in upwards of 25 percent of extracurricular participants. Testing would include alcohol, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, barbiturates, cocaine, LSD, marijuana, methadone, MDMA (ecstasy), nicotine, opiates…. Those who refuse to submit to testing would not be allowed to participate in their extracurricular activity, those failing a random test would be subject to disciplinary action including counseling and suspension from their activity.
The rationale for subjecting students to drug testing would be a bit more persuasive if tests were administered as well to all teachers and school administrators – and to parents. Surely the consequence of drug use on the kids and the community is far greater when it exists in those folks than among students.