Pubdate: Mon, 10 Jan 2005
Source: Courier-Post (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Copyright: 2005 Courier-Post
Author: Robert Sharpe


Re: "School board should drop drug-testing plan," (editorial, Dec. 28). 
Your editorial was on target. Student involvement in after-school 
activities such as sports has been shown to reduce drug use. These 
activities keep kids busy during the hours they are most likely to get into 
trouble. Forcing students to undergo degrading urine tests as a 
prerequisite will only discourage participation in extracurricular 
activities. Drug testing also may compel marijuana users to switch to 
harder drugs to avoid testing positive.

Despite a short-lived high, marijuana is the only illegal drug that stays 
in the human body long enough to make urinalysis a deterrent. Synthetic 
drugs exit the body quickly. A student who takes methamphetamine, ecstasy 
or heroin on Friday night will likely test clean on Monday morning. If you 
think students don't know this, think again.

Anyone capable of running an Internet search can find out how to thwart a 
drug test. The most commonly abused drug and the one most closely 
associated with violent behavior is almost impossible to detect with 
urinalysis. That drug is alcohol, and it takes far more student lives every 
year than all illegal drugs combined.


Common Sense for Drug Policy

Washington, D.C.
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