School Drug Testing
Children are our
greatest resource. The United States Education system realizes
this and that there is also a great threat endangering our
Drug abuse among students has risen to an unprecedented level as the
statistics below reveal:
*In its ninth annual survey of
students in grades 6-12, PRIDE (National Parents' Resource Institute for
Drug Education) reported that annual use of most drugs was at the highest
level since the survey began in 1987-88. Record percentages of use were
reported for the following drug categories: cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine,
uppers, downers, inhalants, and hallucinogens.
- Nearly one in five 12th
graders (18.3%) used an illicit drug weekly or more.
- Almost one in ten (8.4%) used
- More than
a quarter admitted weekly alcohol use (25.8%). In addition, 7.1% used
cocaine in the past year; 11.6% used uppers; 12.1% used hallucinogens,
and 3.5% used heroin.
Schools and Other educational institutions
have begun to turn to a solution that Businesses have relied upon for over 2
decades. Drug testing programs have a proven track record of helping
companies maintain a safe work environment and help employees get back on
the right track.
Educators are now turning to drug testing
students to help remedy the overwhelming student drug abuse problem we
see in our schools. School drug testing programs are structured around
solid-proven workplace drug testing practices. Even more encouragement for
the drug testing of students is being proven by court cases that find the
testing of students is a legal and an ethical practice. Drug testing
students may not be the cure for our student drug abuse problems in the
United States, but it will certainly be recognized as the single best
solution currently at our disposal.
WPCI has extensive experience with drug
testing in schools and drug testing students. Contact WPCI for
information on implementing a student drug testing program in your school.
The safety of our Children needs to come first. Protecting them from peers
that are abusing drugs is an important step.