Student Drug Testing

Drug Testing Students- Do The Pros Outweigh The Cons?

When Did High School Drug Testing Begin?

Drug testing for high school athletes was ruled constitutional by the supreme court in 1995. In June 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court broadened the authority of public schools to drug test all students for illegal drugs.

Drug Testing StudentsSince then it is becoming progressively common for schools to drug test their students, with a high focus on high school athletes. What are the benefits of drug testing students, and having a drug testing program in school?

Some parents may fight that drug testing students may lead to issues of biased or unfair testing. Some say that the programs funding these tests such as “Drug-Free Sport” are a waste of tax dollars.

The fact of the matter is that a multitude of people, especially our youth are increasingly becoming susceptible to drugs and alcohol. Drugs are introduced to these students at a young age, right around the time they enter high school. It has been reported that several students feel peer pressured into using drugs or drinking alcohol. Could drug testing students be an out for them to say “no”?

The teen drug overdose rate in the US rose 20% in 2015 after years of decline.*

A new report has also found the rate of overdose from synthetic opioids has increased sixfold since 2002, while heroin death rates have tripled. These teens are using “hardcore” drugs like oxycodone, ranked as a schedule 1, illicit substance to schedule 3 – like performance-enhancing drugs, or steroids.

Body image has always been a concern amongst American society.

It is stereotyped as an issue commonly associated with young women. Today, the issue is becoming more prevalent among young men. They are using performance enhancing drugs for sports, or,  to just achieve their ideal body image which is advertised across social media and molding into what has become socially understood as a “perfect” body type.

One case of a 17-year-old student from Plano, Texas widened society’s concern of high school students using performance-enhancing drugs. After using performance-enhancing drugs, Taylor Hooten committed suicide.
The steroids that these students are taking can cause major and lasting effects on their bodies and minds. Some of those effects beings depression, suicidal thoughts, and uncontrollable manic episodes. Today Hooten’s father Don is a lobbyist for drug testing programs in high schools.

Taylor HootenWhile drug testing programs for these students may conceivably be thought of as expensive, can one really put a price on something that may save a child’s life?

Drug testing students, and especially student-athletes, give these kids an out to say “NO” when approached with drugs or alcohol. Knowing that they are going to get kicked off of a team, or held accountable for their actions may install the courage they need to turn down a drink or drug.

These programs are not in place to punish students for using drugs. These programs are in place to save students from doing drugs. To save students currently on drugs, who do not know where to get the help that they need to overcome drug or alcohol use.

If you suspect your student is using alcohol or drugs, call American Drug Testing at (855) 919- DRUG, or visit us online at www.americandrugtesting.com.

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