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Largest U.S. Newspaper Endorses Random Student Drug Testing

 Pushing Back May 5, 2007

Today's USA Today published an editorial endorsing non-punitive, confidential random drug testing for students.  Here's what USA Today says:

In the past, we've supported random drug testing for safety workers and athletes but have been doubtful about the intrusiveness, costs and fairness of broad-based student testing. Those remain valid concerns.

But so do the societal costs of drug use, which like smoking almost always begins during the teen years. Federal figures show that almost 5% of 12-to-17-year-olds abused or were dependent on an illicit substance in 2005 more than 1 million kids.

The most popular illicit drug, marijuana, is more potent and dangerous today than it was a generation ago. Yet months or years can pass before even the most involved parents realize a child is using drugs, by which time treatment is much tougher.

Drug testing in schools might close that gap. White House drug czar John Walters says testing is the single most important step schools can take, and it's becoming increasingly hard to dismiss administrators who say that testing works for them and can be done fairly cost effectively (Scottsbluff spends about $11,000 a year to randomly test roughly a quarter of the student body)." [USAT]

We agree.  Want to learn how to start your own random drug testing program?  Click here