Drug Testing Kits for UK Schools
(PRWEB) - (PRWEB) January 31,
2006 -- The first step in a drive to make free drug testing
kits available to all UK schools and parents is now under
A UK supplier of home testing
kits, Preventx, are giving thousands of their products to
schools across the country to help tackle the growing
numbers of drug abuse among children.
Schools are allowed to test
pupils with parents’ consent if they have been suspected of
taking and selling drugs, and in 2004, Prime Minister,
gave his backing to heads who decide to introduce testing
Preventx director, Michelle
Hart said: “This is the first of what we hope to be many
schemes that we are involved with that will help tackle
school drug issues.
“We supply a high percentage
of our testing kits to public schools, but due to budget
constraints, state schools sometimes cannot afford them. The
government has to realise that something should be done to
an already escalating problem.
“We intend on supplying not
only to schools but to parents also, so they can ease their
own minds in the privacy of their own home. If children know
they could be tested, it gives them an excuse to say ‘no’ to
In January 2005, a random
drug testing programme was introduced at the Abbey School in
Faversham, Kent. Head teacher, Peter Walker said since
introducing the testing programme, GCSE pass rates had
increased and the school felt a lot safer environment.
Public Health Minister,
Melanie Johnson said: "It's vital that we make it easier for
young teenagers to get tested for drugs. By offering this
service in convenient locations such as in schools or in
homes, it will make it easier to detect and prevent.”
An 11-year-old schoolgirl
from Glasgow was rushed into hospital on Wednesday after
collapsing in school from smoking heroin. Teachers believed
she had accidentally taken the drug but left them astonished
when she admitted to have been smoking it regularly for the
last two months.