The cons of drug testing in high schools

Conner McCormick

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         Everyone believes that drug testing is a necessary part of the workplace or university, whether it be for sports or general safety. Some people even believe that high schools should begin drug testing in order to combat drugs, with some high schools even going through with it. However drug tests should not be given to high school students.

          First, high school students should not be drug tested because drug tests aren’t even worth the hassle. According to the Center on Addiction website, ¨Tests are expensive, the money that funds them would be better spent on more effective prevention measures,¨ drug testing can come with a lot more baggage beyond just the price as well. Lawsuits are common with drug tests and people can also cheat the test. Second, drug tests are an invasion of privacy. One very common argument against drug testing is that a student may be taking a medication that they do not want people to know about and will show up on the report. Also, the ACLU website, states ¨forcing a student who is not suspected of wrongdoing to provide a urine sample, often in the presence of a school official, is an embarrassing and unwarranted invasion of privacy.¨ Lastly, drug testing is not the right way to fight against drugs. The ACLU website also states, ¨It is actually unlikely that a drug test will catch drug users.¨ Not only that but, most drugs are undetectable unless they are under the influence while the test is taken.

         In conclusion, high school students should not be drug tested, it invades people’s privacy, it does no good in the fight against drugs, and it’s not really worth the hassle.  This issue is important because by saying no to drug testing high school students, we are drawing the line and stopping them from going back any further. People should contact their local school board if they are thinking about drug testing high school students to urge them to fight it.

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