The Importance Of Drug Testing?

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Most participants of competitive collegiate extracurricular activities to include athletics, ROTC, and some student organizations are subject to drug testing. A drug is defined as any substance that alters one’s ability to function emotionally, physiologically, intellectually, fanatically, or socially (Goldberg, 2014, p. 3). For this reason, drug testing is something that has become common to many programs and is usually outlined in the rules and regulations of an organization. Usually a member is subject to an initial screening prior to officially joining the organization, and then random testing throughout their involvement in the organization. I personally think schools should conduct drug testing on students who participate in competitive …show more content…
What those who support this view fail to consider is that participating in an extracurricular activity is a choice and a privilege. If students feel that drug testing is indeed imposing on their privacy, they maintain the right to withdraw from the activity at any time. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that drug testing does not violate a student-athlete’s right to privacy (Goldberg, 2014, p. 31). Penalties for drug use are not only seen in extracurricular activities but in most situations in which an individual is being paid or receiving special recognition or benefits as a result in participating in the activity. The Anti-Drug Abuse Act for example has implications for college students who complete the federal financial aid form (FAFSA); students who face drug related convictions could face a ban on financial aid. An estimated 200,000 students have lost access to aid since the law went into place (Goldberg, 2014, p. 81). Additionally most individuals will face similar standards when entering the workforce, independent of their field of work. Imposing such strict standards only prepares students for the workforce and sets them up for success in their future …show more content…
Athletes take such drugs with disregard for safety, purely to get an advantage. Many times this becomes a vicious cycle of taking more and more in order to multiply the advantageous effects. This in itself holds potentially serious consequences as taking such drugs becomes planned and deliberate. Not all athletes would have access to the same substances thus leading to additional unfairness. While wealthy athletes and programs would provide more effective and potentially “safer” drugs, less privileged programs and athletes would automatically be at a disadvantage. Athletes who may normally not take such drugs out of moral or health convictions would also be coerced into doing so, in order to stay competitive with other athletes who are doing taking drugs. Also what would be the repercussions on academics? Would schools then also be responsible for providing performance-enhancing drugs in the academic setting for individuals participating in school sources research? What kind of message would this send to students? The use of performance enhancing drugs teaches students that taking a short cut is ok, and that these products can make up for natural ability, hard work, and

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