A drug-free environment is critical in schools.
Confirm BioSciences has worked with many schools to help them develop a drug free zone in school environments. Students that are involved in extra curricular activities and athletics are usually asked to go through a mandatory drug and steroid test.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention– 18% of public high schools (nearly 1 in every 5) have mandatory school drug testing programs. In recent years we have also seen an increase in designer synthetic drug tests that has been performed by both private and public schools.
Drug Testing in School
Marijuana is still one of the highest abused drugs in school. In fact, according to the NIDA in 2012 6.5 22.9% of 12th graders have used marijuana in the past month – a number that is continuing to grow today. Even more alarming is that 44% of surveyed students said they know a classmate who sells drugs.
The use of illegal drugs is increasing, especially among young teens. The average age of first marijuana use is 14, and alcohol use can start before age 12.
Alcohol is used by more young people in the United States than tobacco or illicit drugs. Current alcohol use among high school students remained steady from 1991 to 1999 and then decreased from 50% in 1999 to 42% in 2009. In 2009, 24% of high school students reported episodic heavy or binge drinking.
Prescription medications most commonly abused by youth include pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and depressants. In 2009, 20% of U.S. high school students had ever taken a prescription drug, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax without a doctor’s prescription.
Use of the drug ecstasy (MDMA) has seen a sharp increase among American teenagers at the end of the twentieth century, from 6 percent in 1996 up to 11 percent reporting having tried ecstasy in 2000. Indeed, at the beginning of the twenty-first century, ecstasy was used by more American teenagers than cocaine.
While children grow up, they will be faced with many difficult decisions both inside and outside the classroom. The use of drug testing will help ensure that they make the right ones.
Studies have shown that when schools have drug tested students, it has reduced the number of users in a number of ways. One simple way this has been effective has by giving students an excuse to “just say no” and not give into peer pressure.
As kids grow into teenagers they will sometimes make bad decisions. Drug testing students help ensure that students do not make a decision that can lead them down a long and dangerous path.
What Kind of Drug Testing Should Schools Perform?
There are numerous ways we can help you. For on the spot testing our mostly utilized tests have been our instant urine test kits. These are also more cost effective than other options like saliva drug testing.
Many schools that we work with are starting to switch to hair follicle drug testing kits for their long detection time and inability to cheat.
Whatever method you want to use to test, we can find help you find a product that will fit your exact needs.