White House Urging Random Drug Testing in Schools

The Bush Administration’s proposed FY2007 budget provides $25 million to fund school-based drug testing programs. The ONDCP continues through April to hold its Regional Drug Testing Summits in four U.S. cities to explore the issue of school drug testing. The media reports criticisms that the government has yet to commission a controlled study of random drug testing in schools and points to research that indicates that that there is not a relationship between drug testing and the rate of drug use.

For more information:
Relationship between student illicit drug use and school drug-testing policies
Journal of School Health, 73 (4), April 2003
School-Based Drug Prevention: What Kind of Drug Use Does It Prevent?
RAND, 2002
What You Need to Know About Drug Testing in Schools
ONDCP, 2002
W.House pushes more schools to drug-test students
Reuters, 3/19/06
The Whitehouse refocuses on drugs in schools
NPR Weekend Edition, 3/26/06


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