• Different Examples of High School Random Drug & Steroid Testing Programs

    As higher rates of prescription drug and steroid abuse make headlines across the country, more and more high schools develop random screening programs to prevent their abuse in students. Why? Abuse of prescription and illegal street drugs has gone up in recent years and out of all the age groups tied to these forms of substance abuse none is as statistically likely to use them as the teenager. Steroids are also making the news and for good reason. Several professional athletes have checked positive as steroid users raising concern that teens (whose use up until now was almost wholly unnoticed or ignored) might be using the drugs to achieve athletic success just as their heroes had been.

    So How Do Schools Go About Testing High Schoolers?

    Steroid Testing:

    • Athletes are chosen at random for testing.
    • They are notified right before a test is going to be done and are not given any prior notification.
    • Refusal to take the test results in the same penalties as having a positive test result.
    • The sample is taken by an adult testing crew member of the same sex. In order to prevent tampering, no one else is allowed into the restroom at the time of testing.
    • All athletes must submit 90 ml of urine for testing which has the correct ph and temperature.
    • If the student isn’t able to provide this amount they will be asked to discard the specimen and will have to stay in the testing are until they have submitted an appropriate testing sample.
    • It takes about 7-10 days for results to return. 7 for negative and 10 for positive (the sample is retested to verify the results are accurate).
    • Students who receive a positive result must be suspended for 30 days from athletic activities.
    • In order to rejoin athletic activity they will have to submit another urine screen which is negative for steroids.

    Drug Testing:

    • Students ages 12-17 are asked to give information about testing to their parents.
    • If their parents (or in the case of students who are 18 the students themselves) consent to be tested then they are added to a list of students that will be used for testing.
    • Those who are tested are chosen at random over the course of the school year.
    • The student must then proceed to the drug testing area and give a sample.
    • Testing results go directly to the parent and are not revealed to the faculty.
    • Most school districts pay for the test but at some schools the parents must pay for the testing to be done.
    • Positive results are verified with the student and are used to encourage the student to get counseling and/or treatment to end the substance abuse.
    • These results are used to help students who might otherwise never have their drug problems noticed to get treated before it becomes serious and potentially life-long addiction to drugs.

    The clearest difference between steroid testing and drug testing for school students is that drug testing is kept confidential while steroid abuse is an offense that is punished by the school.

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