More student drug testing results to speak for themselves.Â
"Since the program began last April, 2,254 students in the district have been randomly tested. Of those, 1 percent of them tested positive for a drug that is on the list of banned substances, said Regina Bennett, the districtâs Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (SDFSC) coordinator."
"The program, which costs about $100,000 per year, allows the districtâs high schools to randomly test students for illegal drugs and the overuse of prescription drugs if they have a parking sticker and/or are involved in extra-curricular activities. Also, parents who have students that donât fall into either category can voluntarily ask for their children to be included in the group"[Star Community Newspapers]
The way the numbers work out is staggering, from the article it's safe to presume roughly 22.54 students tested positive for a banned substance. Of those, 90% were for marijuana. A small percentage tested positive for amphetamines, Adderall is a safe bet.. We are talking about spending around $4400 to catch each person who tested positive, and even worse these students are denied access to school resources after we've already wasted all this money just to pick them out of 55,000 other pupils.
Regina Bennett, the districtâs Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities coordinator, really smashed the nail on the head.Â
âThatâs good because hopefully it was a deterrent.âÂ
Â Yes, a deterrent to students using after school programs that actually keep them off drugs.Â
In the end they tested 4% of the school district and only 1% tested positive. Another $100,000 in education funding flushed down the drain by the drug war.