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NCJ Number: 217898 Find in a Library
Title: Principals Claim Testing Brings a Wealth of Benefits
Journal: Strategies for Success: New Pathways to Drug Abuse Prevention  Volume:1  Issue:1  Dated:Fall/Winter 2006  Pages:1-2
Corporate Author: Office of National Drug Control Policy
United States of America
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: Office of National Drug Control Policy
Washington, DC 20500
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation; Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article presents findings from a survey of school principals regarding the effects of random drug testing in 56 Indiana high schools over the period from 2002 to April 2005.
Abstract: The study shows that drug testing is a promising drug prevention strategy. Based on written student surveys, 58 percent of the principals reported that student drug use decreased over the study period; 42 percent reported that student drug use remained the same; there were no reports that student drug use increased. For 41 percent of the schools, drug tests that showed positive results decreased 41 percent, and positive test rates remained the same for 56 percent of the schools; positive tests increased for 3 percent of the schools. Testing limited the effects of peer pressure on drug use in 91 percent of the schools. Student participation in athletic programs increased in 46 percent of the schools and remained the same in 54 percent. It did not decrease in any of the schools. Student participation in extracurricular activities increased in 45 percent of the schools and remained the same in 55 percent of the schools. It did not decrease in any of the schools. All of the principals reported that random drug testing did not have a negative impact in the classroom. For 91 percent of the schools, the cost of drug testing was $30 or less per test. For 63 percent of the schools, it was $20 or less per test. These findings support the belief that random drug testing, used in conjunction with other components of a comprehensive program for preventing and treating substance abuse, can be a useful tool in drug abuse prevention. The study compared the results of an April 2005 survey of 65 Indiana high school principals (56 responded) with data collected from the same schools in a 2002-2003 survey.
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Drug testing; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Indiana; Juvenile delinquency prevention programs; School delinquency programs
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