Essay on Should Students be Required to Take Drug Tests?
“So, does drug testing prevent or inhibit student drug use? Our data suggest that, as practiced in recent years in American secondary schools, it does not... The two forms of drug testing that are generally assumed to be most promising for reducing student drug use – random testing applied to all students... and testing of athletes – did not produce encouraging results. (Winter)”
Drug testing is expensive since it costs schools an average of $42 per student. This cost is simply for the preliminary test only and does not include routine follow-up testing check-ups throughout the year for a particular student (Taylor). In New Jersey, for instance, the Interscholastic Athletic Association contributed a total of $100,000 to the drug-testing