We Need Mandatory Random Drug Testing in Public Schools

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Is public school drug testing really appropriate? Mandatory-Random Student Drug Testing (MRSDT) and school-based Suspicionless Random Drug Testing (SRDT) are two of many approaches that school districts could use to help prevent and lower the rates of drug and substance use (James-Burdumy 1). MRSDT was introduced in the late 1980’s when the United States Military created other programs to control substance use (James-Burdumy 1; Russell 169). The United States Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) program sponsors and supports random drug testing in public schools as a way to fight the high rates of substance use of adolescents (James-Burdumy 2). For instance, in a recent study report it was stated that 27% of students reported drinking alcohol, 13% reported smoking cigarettes, and 15% reported using marijuana within the last 30 days (Sznitman 146). These facts are the cold, hard truth; moreover, students have a higher rate of using drugs than studying for a test in school (Sznitman 146). On the other hand, each view can reach an agreement that all drug rates throughout the United States are drastically increasing. There are drug programs already being practiced in public schools. Students will feel safer and perform better academically without the presence of drugs (Russell 170). Although, school-based Mandatory-Random Student Drug Testing could lower the rate of drug use in our communities it could create destructive, disrespectful teenagers (Barrington 49; Russell168). OPPOSED TO SCHOOL DRUG TESTING There has always been serious debate on whether drug tests are really appropriate in today’s public schools (Evans 452). Based on national survey results there were no significant difference in drug... ... middle of paper ...>. Russell, Brenda L., Brian Jennings, and Sherry Classey. "Adolescent Attitudes Toward Random Drug Testing In Schools." Journal Of Drug Education 35.3 (2005): 167-184. ERIC. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. . Sznitman, Sharon, et al. "Student Drug Testing In The Context Of Positive And Negative School Climates: Results From A National Survey."Journal Of Youth & Adolescence 41.2 (2012): 146-155. SocINDEX with Full Text. Web. 25 Feb. 2014. .
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