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States Mull Subjecting Students to Mandatory Drug Testing

by Dave Reynolds

May 23, 2005 – The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has been touring the country, holding regional summits on drug testing and touting support for plans under consideration in many states that would force drug testing on teenagers.

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In Massachusetts, for example, the state last week proposed spending $9.1 million on a drug policy that would allow public schools to perform random testing of their students.

The Drug Policy Alliance, an organization that promotes alternatives to the so-called "war on drugs," dismisses drug testing, claiming it humiliates teens, destroys the trust that is a key factor in helping students seek help and treatment, and is excessively expensive.

Teens and some parents also worry that testing without probable cause would violate privacy rights, and would discourage many students from attending school.

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