There is a clear correlation between drug use and declining academic performance.
"Drug-impaired students undermine our country's ability to compete on the world stage. Unfortunately, compared with many of our international competitors, the U.S. is operating at a handicap because too many of our youth, indeed our citizens, are abusing drugs. America represents four percent of the worlds population, yet it consumes two-thirds of the world's illegal drugs."
Quoted from a new report documenting the fact that student drug use is compromising academic success in U. S. schools. To read the full report by Judy Kreamer, Gary M. Fields, Ph.D., et al., titled "The Overlooked Cause of Children Being Left Behind: Drug Use Compromising Academic Success," published by Educating Voices, Inc., 2008, click here.
Smarter Student Drug Testing, Robert L. DuPont, M.D. and Harvey
Random student drug testing (RSDT),
as part of a school’s comprehensive drug abuse prevention program, is one of the
best new ideas for preventing teenage drug use. Many schools may not be taking
full advantage of the potential of this impressive biotechnology. In this
25-page report, the authors have provided practical information about RSDT
programs as well as providing examples of smarter RSDT programs. Information
found in this paper will assist with:
The basics of random student drug testing
Deciding which drugs to identify on drug tests
Testing for cheating
Being knowledgeable about the true costs of smarter
student drug testing
Knowing how often and how many to test on a random basis
Reporting the drug test results
Responsible Family Drug and Alcohol Testing,
Robert L. DuPont, M.D. and Richard H.
There is only one way to know if
anyone, including a child, is using drugs and that is with a drug test. Although
some schools and many employers are now using drug tests, the future of drug
abuse prevention lies primarily with individual family decisions about creating
and maintaining drug-free families.
Based on our work in drug treatment and in the workplace, we have developed a
family guide to drug testing, titled Guide To Responsible Family Drug and
Alcohol Testing which promotes the use of testing for alcohol, other drugs
of abuse, as well as nicotine, as a positive part of an overall family
drug-prevention strategy. We believe that alcohol, drug and nicotine testing is
a levelheaded extension of ongoing parental stewardship of their children’s
health and welfare.
This Guide explains what drug tests do and do not do, how to use drug tests and
what to do if you get a positive test result indicating recent drug use. It is
available to any person or group interested in promoting this potentially
life-saving drug abuse prevention strategy. We ask only that you give accurate
author attribution if you redistribute the Guide.
Student Drug-Testing Programs:
Overview and Resource Guide
The guide is intended to provide school
administrators and others with a concise overview and a useful
tool for determining the facts about student drug
testing. It features a compilation of information on the components of
a student drug-testing program, including technical information on policy and
the drug testing process, the components of a successful program, as well
as guidance to well-established standards for any drug-testing program. It also
provides overviews of the most significant studies on the effectiveness of
student drug-testing programs, along with an overview of important case law and
STUDENT DRUG TESTING: What you should know
STUDENT DRUG TESTING: What you
should know is a four-page booklet designed to provide basic information on student drug-testing programs to
district and school administrators, school boards, and parents. The booklet is
useful for those schools/districts considering the addition of student
drug-testing to existing anti-drug programs as it includes topics such as:
Why have a school drug testing program?
Steps to implementing a program
Elements of an effective program
Student Drug Testing: What you should
know. Produced by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for use by its
regional Demand-Reduction Coordinators, is provided here with kind permission of
the DEA, Demand-Reduction Section.
What You Need to Know About Drug Testing in Schools
Unlocking the Potential (pdf), Random drug testing works for this New Jersey high school
- along with a strong student assistance program for referrals. By Lisa
Brady, Principal Hunterdon Central Regional High School Reprinted from : Student Assistance Journal, Summer 2003
Starting a Student Drug-Testing Program