Mandatory Drug Testing in High School Helps Prevent Drug Abuse

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“The only way to have a drug free school is to follow the successful program of the military and workplace”. This is stated by Rep. John E. Peterson in 2005.
In today’s volatile times, drug use is becoming more casual in high schools around the country. Many schools are having to face this struggle against drug use. Thus, I affirm that Resolved: Drug testing of high school extracurricular activity participants is justified.To aid clarification in this round, I now present the following definitions asdefined by the Webster Dictionary in 2005:Extracurricular activity: not following or related to the curriculum, outside of one’s duties.
Drug: a non-prescribed, illegal chemical substance that affects the central nervous system
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Many of the drug users in America are candidates for having a disease. The most common disease amongst users is the AIDS virus. Maryland and Baltimore are two cities that have many users carrying this disease. In Maryland forty-two percent of the AIDS cases are drug related and in Baltimore, seventy percent are drug related. Drugs are the leading instigators of negative lifestyles. By having random drug-testing, public health will become better. From recent studies, the schools that do partake in student drug testing have found positive results. Joeseph R. McKinney is an Education Leadership professor at Ball State University. He did a study throughout Indiana on schools to compare drug use during the 1999-2000 school year when random drug-testing was legal compared to when it was illegal in the 2000-2001 school year. In his study, he used 65 high schools that “were identified as having random drug-testing programs.” His article "The Effectiveness of Random Drug Testing Programs: A Statewide Follow-up Study," explains how drug testing did cut back on teenagers’ use of drugs. Below are the statistics that McKinney found from his research. • By the 12th grade, more than one-third of high school seniors have used drugs. • Teens still continue to say drugs are their bigger concerns. • Schools that have implemented non- disciplinary student drug testing programs have found the programs to be effective in reducing drug use and improving the learning

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