2014-05-07 / Opinion

Support Drug Testing For AHS Students

In the next few weeks, the Archbold Area School Board will be asked to support drug testing for students in athletics and extracurricular activities.

The cost of such a program certainly requires careful review, but given the figures of $5,000 to $6,000 per year as discussed by Aaron Rex, superintendent, that’s certainly within reach.

A survey conducted by school offi cials showed 89% of those who returned the survey supported or strongly support drug testing.

If those people would reach into their pockets and contribute just a few dollars, in the long run it would add up. Perhaps donations wouldn’t cover all the costs, but they could reduce the stress on the district general fund.

Drug testing could have direct and indirect benefits. A direct benefit would be locating a student with a drug problem and getting him help. With drugs like heroin and methamphetamine on the loose, this is critical.

An indirect benefit that has been discussed is giving kids another reason to say “no” to drugs offered them.

Drug testing is feasible, financially affordable, and good for AHS kids. The school board should seriously consider moving forward with the proposal.

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