This article discusses the issue that happens when schools drug tests their students. Using evidence from different studies the author shows how drug testing can alienate students and promote drug use. Drug use seemed to be more prevalent and have a more positive attitude towards drug use. The main conclusion of this article is that drug testing actually does more harm than good for its students and creates a positive image around drug use.
This article claims that random drug testing of students is a very effective way to identify and help a drug problem at a school. Drug use is stated as a “ serious issue” and needs to be taken under control. Drug testing is offered as a solution to this issue and the author discusses a few studies that state how random drug testing has been effective. The author demonstrates how drug testing has been effective in identifying the problem and then giving help to those afflicted with drug use.
- Whereas drug testing has negative effects there are not many other ways to identify a drug issue.
- Drug testing is a good idea that has negative effects because of its tendency to lead students to more drug use and alienation from other students.
- As what has been states drug testing although a great solution, in theory, has more negative effects than positive.
- Although Drug-testing has been proposed as a solution to drug issues it often does more harm than good.
- Even though drug tests are not effective in helping drug issues they are very practical in identifying the scale of an issue.
- Drug use in high schoolers has increased despite efforts to control the issue by use of drug test.
In regards to schools drug testing their students, I think that schools should refrain from this action unless there is a serious concern for students’ health. Drug testing is a way to identify an issue but it comes with more negative side effects than positive. The paranoia and overall distrust that comes from drug testing leaves students unable to trust the administration at their school and makes it so that students are more likely to turn to drug use to combat their anxieties. Drug testing leaves more to punishment than to help with a drug problem. Being caught with drug use often leads to detentions, suspensions and fines, help for the drug afflicted student is rarely offered.