School Drug Testing Doesn’t Deter Students
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – School drug testing has no effect on students’ use of alcohol, marijuana, or cigarette.
Around 20 percent of U.S. high schools have some drug testing policy, often for those in sports or clubs, but researchers at the University of Pennsylvania wanted to test its effectiveness. In interviews with 361 students, researchers found students were no less likely to try alcohol, marijuana, or cigarettes if their school had a drug testing policy. However, if schools had what students described as a “positive environment,” with clear rules and respect between faculty and students, it curbed marijuana use by 20 percent and cigarette use by 15 percent.
For more information, go to: http://www.jsad.com/jsad/downloadarticle/Student_Drug_Testing_and_Positive_School_Climates_Testing_the_Relation_Bet/5232.pdf
SOURCE: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, January 2014
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