Schools are in charge of ensuring safety, support, and a healthy environment to students where they can reach their full potential. Schools also are taking measures to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and drug use among the students. In the past, many schools would turn and educate students about programs like D.A.R.E. Many schools have tried to implement measure against tobacco, drug and alcohol usage, but it has failed. Now schools are turning to a new approach drug and alcohol testing students.
Schools are starting to follow models established in the workplace, as well as some schools are conducting random drug testing and/or reasonable suspicion/cause testing. This usually involves collecting urine samples to test for drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opioids (both heroin and prescription pain relievers).
Teens abuse alcohol more than any illicit drug, alcohol abuse is responsible for nearly 200,000 ER visits and 4,300 deaths among students under 21.
· 68% of 12th graders have tried alcohol
· 37.4% of 12th graders drank in the last month
· 23.5% of 10th graders drank in the last month
Why Do Some Schools Conduct Random Drug Tests?
Many schools started to random drug test students to decrease drug misuse. When schools random test it will serve as a warning and give students a reason to resist peer pressure to take drugs. When schools perform drug tests it will find students who have started using drugs and they will receive early intervention before it becomes a drug problem.
Why Drug Test Students?
Students brains and bodies are still developing and will become harmed when exposed to drug use. Many students don’t abuse drugs, but for those who do it can affect their behaviors, and overall health if not detected early.
Some of the short term effects can include the following: judgment, decision-making, poor performance in school and activities, risky behavior, and overdose.
Some of the long term effects can include the following: addiction, depression, anxiety, paranoia, social/ family problems, poor academic outcomes, and/or mood changes.
Alcohol is the most used drug in the United States. Noble Diagnostics has a variety of products and services that can detect the presence of alcohol in a person’s system. Breathalyzers, oral fluid tests, and urine tests can detect the use of alcohol within the past few hours.
How Accurate Are The Tests?
Noble Diagnostics partners with laboratories that are certified by our industry’s most prestigious regulatory bodies. We follow federal guidelines to ensure accuracy and fairness in drug-testing programs. Samples are divided so that if an initial test is positive, a confirmation test can be conducted.
Noble Diagnostics offers many different drug and alcohol testing methods. We offer Urine Drug Testing – Lab-Based, Rapid Urine Drug Screening, Oral Fluids Drug Testing – Lab-Based, Hair Drug Testing – Lab-Based, Urine Alcohol Tests – Lab-Based, And Breath Alcohol Testing. We understand that you might have different needs please contact us at 877-200-5616, so that we can better discuss your needs and implement a drug and alcohol testing program today.