Random Drug Testing Students-Boon or Boondoggle?

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By: BadgeGuy #3 Juli Adcock (@juli2221775)

In the ongoing efforts to curb drug use in students, lawmakers and educators have searched for an effective program, most yielding marginal or completely ineffective results. The latest efforts are expanding the use of random drug testing students within the wider student populations, originally limited to students participating in extra-curricular activities.

Programs are now being expanded in some school districts to include all students, not just those participating in after school activities. Random Drug Testing Students-Do These Programs Work?

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One of the most important questions to answer when deciding whether to fund various tax-payer funded programs is whether it is actually doing what it is supposed to do. Various studies have been done, some touting the effectiveness of random drug testing and others finding no correlation between random drug testing and incidence of drug use within student populations.

Some of these studies rely upon self-reporting by students themselves, such as the 2003 study by the University of Michigan. Other studies are questionable due to the connection of the initiators of the study to the drug test kit industry with a vested interest in the outcome of those studies.

While further studies are in process now, there are no definitive, credible studies that clearly indicate random drug testing is either effective or ineffective. Other Aspects to Consider in%2

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