Document Number: 5762What You Need to Know About Drug Testing in Schools - A June 2002 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the authority of public schools to test students participating in competitive extracurricular activities for drugs. This paper discusses the negative consequences of drug use by adolescents, the benefits of drug testing programs and lists the various methods of drug testing and the strengths and weaknesses of each. The paper also offers advice on the creation of drug testing programs, advising that as much of the community as possible – even opponents of the plan – should be involved in the design and implementation of any program and that effective programs should stress confidentiality of results and seek to rehabilitate those found using drugs, not merely punish them. (Office of National Drug Control Policy, September 2002)...
Related IssuesAt-Risk (incl. Dropout Prevention)