Drug Testing in School
Drug Testing in School
Drug use has continued to increase within the past years. “An estimated 22.5 million Americans from the age of 12 or older had used an illicit drug or abused a psychotherapeutic medication in 2011. That is 8.7 percent of the US population (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2012).” Most people start taking drugs in their early teenage years because they get pressured easily. With drugs being one of the biggest pressures, it can happen anywhere outside of home. One usually gets talked into trying drugs because he either was stressed out, he wants to fit in, or he wants to look cool. Drug use can have a huge ...view middle of the document...
” Often, parents don’t even know that their children are using drugs and by the time they find out about it, they’ve already became addicted to it. The benefit of the test is to strive to keep students away from getting involved with drugs. A report from Columbia University National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) (2011) shows that almost half of all high school students in the US are using addictive substances. One in three of those students are addicts. Drug abuse prevention is everyone’s responsibility. If we can hold a few random drug tests per school year, we are helping students with prevention. We will be able to find all the users and help turn them around. Whether they just started using it or have been using for a long time, we will be able to help them break free from that habit. It is not to get anyone in trouble. It is so that we can create a safe environment for our children, our students, and our community all together. Drug abuse creates risk factors of a chaotic home environment, low academic aspirations, poor social coping skills, perceived external approval or drug use and little mutual attachment and nurturing. These are only a few to name. By helping students reduce one risk, it may result in reduction of multiple problems. When we help a student prevent abuse, we are helping them develop strong bonds with family and pro-social institutions and gain academic success. If only schools mandate drug testing, it can be of help to students to stay on the right path. Some people need to learn to say no and some need guidance. Some need to see that someone else outside of their home cares that much. Maybe that will open up some eyes, to want to be helped.
With that said, holding random drug test events can help decrease drug abuse and help students stay in school. When school mandate drug testing, it creates a system to ensure a safe learning environment for students. Students who use drugs tend to have less focus on their studies, which can lead to a higher dropout rate. Student drug use and academic performance still support a relationship for poor academic performances. Studies from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2002-2004, found that the frequency use of drugs and alcohol was related to academic performance (The NSDUH Report, 2005). Considering that students who take leadership roles in the school community are role models, they should be drug free. When a student with a leadership role does drugs, his peers are more likely to do it too. Remember, we live in a society where we all are easily influenced. What we hear and see from our role model, we do. To prevent drug usage and help students stay in school, our role models, too, needs to lead by example. When there’s less students using drugs, there will be a higher rate of high school graduation and a lower rate of dropout. People at the age of 18 or older, who first used drugs before age 12, were twice as likely to have...