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*  Among youths aged 12 to 17 who  
bought their marijuana, 10.5%
obtained it inside a school building
and 4% bought it on school

*  62% of the nation’s high schoolers
attend schools where drugs are
used, kept, or sold, a 41%
increase since 2002, and 28% of
middle schoolers attend schools
where drugs are used, kept, or
sold, a 47% increase since 2002.

*  Teens who attend middle schools
where drugs are used, kept, or
sold are at 3 times the substance
abuse risk of those attending
drug free schools and high school
students are at a 60% greater risk.

Source:  2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health;
National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance
Abuse X:  Teens and Parents
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School officials face difficult and overwhelming decisions when it comes to
student drug testing.  There are Supreme Court rulings, budget concerns,
and angry parents, among other issues to contend with.  

There’s even controversy about the effectiveness of drug testing programs in
schools. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) believes they
are very effective.  In fact, they believe in it so strongly, the federal
government has recently made more grant money available to schools for
drug testing programs.  
The ONDCP cites studies that indicate drops in
the rates of drug use in schools that conduct drug testing.  
drug use, they say, leads to higher test scores, higher graduation rates, and
lower rates of school violence.

A 2003 University of Michigan study, published in the Journal of School
Health, reached a different conclusion.  
That study found little difference
in the rates of student drug use between schools that had drug
testing programs and those that did not.
 One of the report’s authors
concluded the way drug testing is commonly conducted in schools (random
testing and testing those involved in extracurricular activities) “looks very


IDS offers a unique and innovative approach to school drug testing by using
DrugWipe to test property instead of students.  A surface assessment with
DrugWipe resolves many of the controversial issues related to
traditional drug testing practices.

The DrugWipe Difference:

  not just those in extracurricular activities

                    THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

DrugWipe surface assessments are a versatile tool than can help schools
achieve multiple goals with their drug testing program.  
The results of an
IDS surface assessment provide scientific data about drug use in a
school by grade, gender, activity, or location.  

One way schools use that data is to develop more effective education and
prevention programs.  If an education program targeted at seniors carries the
message “Don’t smoke pot” but there’s a big problem with cocaine use
among seniors, that program is not going to be very effective.  
assessments provide critical data that can be used to better target
education and prevention programs so that the right group is getting
the right message at the right time.

The data can also be used to find students who may have a drug problem
and need help.  Surface assessments provide important evidence that can be
used to establish for-cause testing of individual students.  
This lets school
officials quickly zero in on problem areas and get intervention for the
students who need it most.