Athlete Drug Testing

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Almost every high school student gets into a situation that they don’t want to be in. Peer pressure is an example of one of these situations. Peer pressure of doing drugs can lead to a high school athlete to get himself in a big trouble. Who is to say that he will be the next to get randomly drug tested. Since June of 1995, the US Supreme Court has been all for random drug interscholastic student athlete drug testing. There is a policy that started all of this, by the name of Vernonia policy, in Vernonia, Oregon. The Vernonia policy was very effective and brought more discipline to the schools drug use. Under this policy all students in the district who wish to participate in athletics are required to sign a form that they may be drug tested…show more content…
Supreme Courts rule. They try to get as much support as they can from the community for a program like this. It is helpful that they use this tool to inform and get support from school officials and parents themselves. The urine drug testing is the industry standard and recommend because of the fact that the hair and the saliva testing may not be defendable in court due to the lack of accuracy of telling the truth. Random urine drug testing is by far the most deterrent to drug use by students since the students may by selected at any time for testing. Students produce their samples under conditions encountered by a monitor in a public restroom. Female students produce samples in enclosed bathroom stall. Male students produce a sample at a urinal, remained full clothed with his back to the monitor. The temperature of the urine will determine if it was recently a sample, just to make sure you’re not trying to pull a fast one. These then are sent to an independent laboratory to where then they are tested. The usually test them for amphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana. The laboratory can also detect if you have been taking other drugs such as, LSD, at the request of the district. The laboratory test has 99.94 percent accuracy. Only superintendents, principals, vice principals, and athletic directors have access to the test results, and…show more content…
In 2002-2003 the British crime survey found that 36% using Class A (cocaine, heroin) drugs. Cannabis is the most frequently reported drug with around 3 million users per year and 16-24-year olds were the age group most likely to us e illicit drugs in the past year (28%). The latest survey of school children by the department of health reported that 21 % had used drugs in the past year wit 12% admitting to having used in the past month, as with adults, cannabis was the most frequently used

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