Random Drug Testing for Teenagers

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593,000 teenagers have tried inhalants such as glue, gasoline, or nitrous oxide to get high for the first time in the last year(qtd “The Truth About Inhalants"). 1 in 5 students use marijuana regularly, 18 percent of teenagers use tobacco products, 14 percent abuse prescription drugs(“Drug Facts”). To counter this, schools have began to adopt policies which require students who wish to join a club, play a sport, or do school activities to sign up for random drug tests. Its becoming very popular in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. Although many parents say that drug testing in high schools and middle school is an invasion of privacy the NFL, NCAA, US government, and I agree that such tests protect students and athletes from the many dangers of drug use. So what is drug testing? How does it work? Students must sign a contract which states that they consent to random drug testing in order to play a sport, join a club, or do a school activity. Students are taken out of class periodically to be tested. Types of tests are hair, blood, urine, or saliva. The tests will reveal the use of marijuana, cocaine, opiates, amphetamines, steroids, and PCP. Schools can also test for alcohol in the last 48 hours using a breathalyzer test or urine sample(qtd. "At Issue: Drug Testing."). in 2002 the Supreme Court took up the issue of drug testing in the case of Board of Education of Pottawatomie County v. Earls, and the ruling was that the the students’ privacy was not violated by
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