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Mission and purpose statement

The Student Drug Testing Coalition is a project of the Drug-Free Projects Coalition, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the student drug-testing project is to help students pursue a better future and to reject the use of drugs and alcohol by providing resources that encourage and support school districts in evaluating the documented effectiveness of non-punitive student drug-testing programs—assuring that each school board, superintendent and principal has the information, resources and funds necessary to implement a non-punitive student drug-testing prevention program.

The Coalition’s resources are dedicated to:

(1) Assisting school administrators and parents to become knowledgeable about the mental and physical consequences of drug use and that drug use encourages truancy, disruptive class behavior, lack of teacher respect, bullying and violence. Further, student drug use interferes with learning and academic achievement and is a threat to not only the drug users but, as importantly, to all students and teachers.

(2) Educating school administrators and parents about the dangers of students driving or parking on school property or participating in driver education while under the influence of drugs.

(3) Providing school administrators and parents information concerning the effectiveness of non-punitive student drug-testing programs including the documented improvement in class room behavior, academic achievement and the reduction in school violence.

(4) Enabling school administrators to increase the safety of students driving or parking on school property, including those participating in driver education.

(5) Assuring that school districts have access to information to correctly implement non-punitive student drug-testing policies and programs that meet constitutional and privacy requirements.

(6) Establishing a means for school districts to exchange ideas and information about student drug- testing programs and to support schools in meeting any legal challenges and frivolous lawsuits. 

(7) Assuring that local and national legislators are aware that student drug testing is a proven and  economical method to substantially reduce student drug use.

The volunteer coalition consists of drug-prevention leaders, educators  and concerned parents who believe that non-punitive student drug-testing programs are the most effective and economical means to reduce student drug use.

Malcolm K. Beyer, Jr., Chairman
Student Drug-Testing Coalition

Members:
Andrea Barthwell, MD, EMGlobal LLC, Arlington, VA
Dan Bent, Godbey Griffiths Law Firm, Honolulu, HI
Lisa Brady, Ph.D., Hunterdon CR High School, Flemington, NJ
Robert B. Charles, The Charles Group, Gaithersburg, MD
Robert L. DuPont, M.D., Institute for Behavior & Health, Rockville, MD
Elizabeth Edwards, Drug-Free Projects Coalition, Tucson, AZ
David Evans, Esq., Drug-Free Schools Coalition, Flemington, NJ
Joseph C. Franz, M.D., Sport Safe Testing Service, Inc., Powell, OH
Matt Franz, Sport Safe Testing Service, Inc., Powell, OH
LinGoldberg, MD, FACSM, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Harvey Graves, Ph.D., Pinnacle Employee Testing Services, Houston, TX
Brian Heywood, Charnwood Independent Youth Action, Loughborough, England
Ginger & Larry Katz, Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc., Norwalk, CT
Carla Lowe, Legal Foundation Against Illicit Drugs, Carmichael, CA
Joseph R. McKinney, J.D.,Ed.D., Ball State University, Muncie, IN
Roger Morgan, Californians for drug-free schools, Bonita, CA
Joyce Nalepka Drug-Free Kids: America's Challenge, Silver Spring, MD
Laura Shelton, DATIA, Alexandria, VA
Ivan Van Damme, M.D., The Flemish Platform against Drugs, Oostakker, Belguim