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Student Drug Testing

Written by Sierra Rein
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If one thinks about all the benefits that come out of student drug testing, the pros far outweigh the cons. In his State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush claimed that "one of the worst decisions our children can make is to gamble their lives and futures on drugs" and that the "aim here is not to punish children, but to send them this message: We love you, and we don't want to lose you." It is with this care and compassion that most parents and teachers strive to protect their students and children against the incredibly detrimental effects of drugs and alcohol.

Student drug testing can take many forms and many methods, depending on the school. The average cost for drug testing is equal to $42 per student, so the education administration in question should budget for the eventual costs. While there are low-cost solutions (such as out of clinic blood tests), some schools can not handle the overall cost of random drug testing in schools.

Student Drug Testing at Home

While the battle over personal privacy raves on within school property, at homes across the country there is a different conversation occurring. Parents of troubled teens are on constant watch for behavioral problems in their students, and sometimes implement their own random drug tests at home. They can purchase home drug testing kits that test the top five illicit drugs, or drive their young student to a clinic to draw blood for lab tests.

Whenever a school administrator or parent tests these young people, the future of our civilization, they should do so with compassion and care for their feelings and fears. A student should understand completely why these tests are made, and for whom they benefit. With additional drug education policies, drug tests can be more effective while they also teach young people the dangers of substance abuse and addiction.


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