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Our Nation’s schools “are awash in illegal and prescription drugs.” “It’s time . . . for education officials . . . to mount the same campaign to get drugs out of our schools as they are mounting to increase test scores.”
- Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chairman and President of CASA
(The National Center on Additional and Substance Abuse at Columbia University).

FACT #1 - don't have facts

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FACT #2 - don't have facts

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Unfortunately, the vast majority of schools in America are not efffectively stemming the tide of drug abuse within secondary and higher educational institutions. Despite the fact that educational programs such as “DARE”, and attempts at interdication have failed, most schools fail to implement what experts believe to be the most effective deterrent to drug abuse, random student drug testing.

Studies, such as the Effectiveness of Random Student Drug-Testing Programs-2005 (McKinney), clearly indicate that student decreases upon the implementation of comprehensive, non-punitive drug testing program. Also reported, is the fact that random student drug testing programs did not affect student activity participation levels adversely.

In fact, almost one-half of principals reported increases in participation levels for athletic programs. Cost of drug testing, is also not a factor, with the reported per-test cost of a random student drug testing program was $30 or less.

An insignificant cost vs. the negative impacts of drug abuse on day to day school activites. Not surprisely, 80% of schools with random student drug testing achieved scores higher than the state average on standardized tests, and graduation rates higher than the state average.


• A main area of concern is the continued high rates of nonmedical use of prescription pain killers (i.e., Vicodin and OxyContin) in each grade. (National Institute on Drug Abuse's Monitoring the Future Survey)

• Abuse of medications has penetrated teen culture: 37 percent of teens say they have close friends who have abused prescription painkillers like Vicodin®, OxyContin® and Tylox®. Some 29 percent say the same about prescription stimulants Ritalin® and Adderall®. Teens often overstate friends’ use; however, this measure underscores awareness and normalization of this type of substance abuse among teenagers.1

• Approximately one in five teenagers (18 percent), or 4.3 million teenagers nationally, report abusing Vicodin®; one in 10 teenagers (10 percent), or 2.3 million teenagers nationally, report abusing OxyContin®. (Both are prescription painkillers.)1

• Teen abuse of prescription and OTC medications is higher or on par with teen abuse of a variety of illicit drugs – i.e., cocaine / crack (9 percent), Ecstasy (9 percent), methamphetamine (8 percent), LSD (6 percent), ketamine (5 percent), heroin (4 percent) and GHB (4 percent).1

• One in 10 teenagers (10 percent), or 2.3 million young people, has tried prescription stimulants Ritalin® and/or Adderall® without a doctor’s order1

• One in 11 teenagers (9 percent), or 2.2 million young people, has abused OTC cough medications intentionally to get high. Such products contain the active ingredient dextromethorphan.1

• Teens who abuse or have abused an Rx or OTC medication are, more often than not, likely to report having abused drugs such as Ecstasy and marijuana. 1

• Proportion of high schoolers attending schools with drugs is up 41% over 2002 2

• Proportion of middle schoolers attending schools with drugs is up 47% over 2002 2

1 17th annual national study of teen drug abuse, the Partnership for a Drug-Free America®

2 CASA National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse-Teens and Parents 2

General Downloads (PDF)

National Survey of American Attitudes on Teen Age Substance Abuse 
Student Drug Testing WhitePaper 2006  (can't find PDF)
Student Drug Testing - Model Legislation 
Seattle Public Schools Statistics 
Current Student Drug Trends 
Teen Parties Awash in Alcohol and Illegal Drugs, 2006 
More Schools Test for Drugs 
Student Drug testing works  (can't find PDF)


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