Thursday, July 15, 2010

Study: High School Drug Tests Have Limited Effectiveness

Ozarks First (online) July 14:

"Random high school drug tests connected with such privileges as playing sports have been found to have limited effectiveness. A U.S. Department of Education study found the students who agreed to the random tests reported lower levels of substance abuse than those in schools that didn't conduct the tests. However, the researchers found there wasn't any 'spillover effect' resulting in a decrease in reported substance abuse in students who weren't subject to the random tests. The study also concluded the random tests didn't have any effect on students' intentions to abuse substances after the tests were over."
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