A hot debate rages in our nation regarding the question: What will deter the use of drugs in the school environment and in school aged citizens. To oversimplify, there are two camps: “TEACHERS” AND “TESTERS.” Obviously, the answer will be found (someday) in the “middle” and an effective combination of deterrent based testing and “drug awareness teaching” will hopefully be found. This section will present information, statistics, (and opinions) on the pros and cons of testing in schools. The section is expected to be a work in progress for a few years, until greater consensus develops among lawmakers, educators, and others regarding the issue of testing in schools. A clickable library of current news is planned soon.
SOME FACTS AND STATISTICS REGARDING DRUG USE IN SCHOOLS…
“MONITORING THE FUTURE” (large research project at the University of Michigan)
RESOURCES FOR POLICY-MAKERS: (Principals, School Boards, School Attorneys, etc.)
The following two links contain resources primarily for the commercial drug free workplace. They are placed here because we are making two assumptions:
One of the major objectives of education is to prepare students for the commercial workplace School policy-makers can benefit from reviewing the principles and procedures which have been developed over time in these “tried and successful” programs.
NIDA WEBSITE FOR POLICY MAKERS (Highly recommended)
OTHER RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
HERE’S A QUALITY ACT FOR EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE ABOUT DRUGS – Kevin Wanzer’s Home page
REMINDER We are very anxious to get more reader feedback on this VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE OF DRUG ABUSE IN OUR SCHOOLS! PLEASE CALL OR send Email – [email protected] if you have strong and credible opinions about this issue… (No angry parents or crackpots please)… and send along any ideas or info you have that we can post in the section for the benefit of other educators, parents, or students.