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NCJ Number: 229428 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Testing in Schools: Evidence, Impacts and Alternatives
Author(s): Ann M. Roche; Ken Pidd; Petra Bywood; Vinita Duraisingam; Tania Steenson; Toby Freeman; Roger Nicholas
Date Published: September 2007
Page Count: 202
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Dept of Health and Ageing
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
Australian National Council on Drugs
Canberra ACT 2608, Australia
Publication Number: ISBN 9781877018190
Sale Source: Australian National Council on Drugs
PO Box 205 Civic Square
Canberra ACT 2608,
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: This study examined issues surrounding drug detection and screening in the school setting in Australia.
Abstract: The results indicate a strong case against drug detection and screening strategies within the public school setting. Key findings include: most drug tests are not reliable for testing in schools; the high cost of the drug testing program will be more than a public school budget can bear; a wide range of moral and legal issues act as serious concerns, if not impediments; prevalence of illicit drug use by school children has been declining for over a decade with current levels of regular use at a low mark, making detection a technically challenging task; highest prevalence of drug use occurs among high-risk and vulnerable groups of children, including the poorer academic performers and indigenous students, indicating that punitive and inquisitorial methods of deterrence are ill-advised; drug testing is an ineffective deterrence mechanism; two-thirds of submissions received from professionals and the majority of survey respondents were opposed to drug testing in schools; interventions should focus on building positive relations and developing pupils’ sense of connectedness with the school; and currently, effective mechanisms now exist to target and intervene in appropriate ways with high-risk students and their families. Tables, references, and appendixes A-E
Main Term(s): Drug detection
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Australia; Drug abuse in foreign countries; Education-crime relationships; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs; Intervention; Legal liability; Public schools
Note: ANCD Research Paper 16
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