On July 22nd the US Deputy Drug Czar, Dr. Bertha Madras spoke about random student drug testing in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. There was an all-day summit on student drug testing at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. The topic- Random Student Drug Testing.
Drug usage in schools can turn into abuse, then addiction. This traps kids in a vicious cycle that will ruin their lives along with destroying their families. The most effective tool we have is Random Drug Testing in schools! Not necessarily for the fact that we will catch the occasional drug user, but more importantly, prevent new ones from using! If kids know they may have a chance to be tested, they will think twice before trying drugs.Our US Deputy Drug Czar was not able to enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian islands, as she was put to work from the moment she got off the plane. Dr. Madras also believes that random testing is the best form of prevention. Privacy of the kids was the main issue that was brought up to Dr. Madras. Madras replied with, “Under the influence of drugs an intoxicated kid can get into accidents, can fail at school, can get into violence and delinquency, and do a whole shopping list of terrible things to themselves. And they could also become addicted. The adolescent brain is not formed, drugs can make them addicted at a much higher rate than other people using. We have to protect our kids. Weigh privacy against the rights of a child to have a healthy development!”
In 2002 the Supreme Court ruled that testing is legal for kids engaged in extra-curricular activities. The Supreme Court is behind protecting our kids. We live in an era where we know drugs are easy to obtain, and we know kids are willing to try new things- especially if their friends are trying it as well. Drugs have become a problematic part of society, especially in schools where peer pressure and other factors have helped fuel the fire. As a result, sales of home drug testing kits has, in fact, been more common as drug experimentation becomes more rampant among students.The purpose of the meeting in Hawaii was to give parents, educators, and the general public info on how to implement a program and what the legal issues are that surround it. It was also to verify that help is out there, and the US Government is willing to help with grants and funding to schools to implement a program. The parents need to encourage schools to implement a program to protect their kids!