Drug users are an everyday epidemic; people are no longer affected by the repetitive reports of death by overdose (Leinwand). In fact, it is expected, the numbers of these victims increase rapidly in such a magnitude that causes people to eventually become numb of the idea (DrugScope). Protectively, there is an alarming increase of drug abuse at all schools, including private. Studies show that at least 31% of ninth graders, under the age of eighteen, have smoked a cigarette (Library–Drugs). Many students sway towards cocaine, heroin, crack, marijuana, and other narcotics; all these illegal drugs come with an intense addiction that requires years of rehabilitation to get over.
High school drug testing would allow early notice of drug use and allow the school to steer the student into the right path towards success. The drug tests will give students confidence and another reason to say “No” when being peer pressured into trying drugs. Many would argue that drug testings invade their privacy, but with drug usage being at an all time high who can we count on? High schools are made to prepare students for their future, and in order to make the students successful we must allow high school drug testings.
Teens may be just as likely to resort to drugs with ‘speedy’ side effects, like Ritalin to help them study longer, as they are to use prescription painkillers to check out of reality. Pressures on teens are growing, to succeed in sports or to get high grades to get into a good college (Pressures on today’s teens, 2008, theantidrug). Furthermore, because prescriptions drugs are prescribed by doctors they are less likely to be seen as deleterious to teens’ health. A lack of awareness of the problem on the part of teens, parents and society in general, the over-medication of America, and the greater stresses and pressures put upon teens in the modern world have all conspired to create the growing problem of prescription drug abuse by teens. “The behavior, drug abuse prevention experts say, is notably different from the use of drugs like marijuana or cocaine…The goal for many young adults is not to get high but to feel better - less depressed, less stressed out, more focused, better rested.
(Feb. 3, 2010): 1. Retrieved February 10, 2010. < http://proquest.umi.com.proxy.itt-tech.edu/pqdlink?Ver=1&Exp=02-09-2015&FMT=7&DID=1953604431&RQT=309&cfc=1> Reynolds, C. "Depression". AccessScience. (2010): 1.
The pros are that it might help students get away from drugs, and it may help someone see the consequences to drugs. The cons are that the tests are expensive, and these tests may come back as a false positive. A comment is that all school faculty should be drug tested. As you can see, there are many good and bad sides to drug testing students. Writing this paper has made me see some of the good sides of drug testing students, however I still think that students shouldn’t be drug tested.
It has been discovered that most people who struggle with drug addiction began experimenting with drugs in their teens. Teenage drug abuse is one of the largest problems in society today and the problem grows and larger every year. Drugs are a pervasive force in our culture today. To expect kids not to be influenced by the culture of their time is as unrealistic as believing in the tooth fairy (Bauman 140). Teens may feel pressured by their friends to try drugs, they may have easy access to drugs, they may use drugs to rebel against their family or society, or they may take an illegal drug because they are curious about it or the pleasure that it gives them.
There are many reasons why teenagers do drugs such as, social pressure, other illnesses such as depression, and it can even be linked to genetics. Many social situations put teens in positions where they feel that the only way to gain acceptance or "be cool" is to do drugs. These adolescents can struggle with self-confidence and the need to make people like them. Boys as well as girls feel these problems. Although most people believe that attaining drugs is difficult, the reality of that varies greatly.