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Middle School Drugs Tests Claimed To Deter Future Drug Use

A six year university research study recently released claimed to prove that doing drug testing among middle school students helps to reduce the likelihood that they will engage in drug use in the future. The study was conducted in New Jersey and involved a total of approximately 3,500 students attending high school and middle school.

The schools included in the study were divided, with some schools having drug testing programs for students and some not having any such tests. Many schools conduct drug tests for student athletes, with a smaller number of schools engaged in screening tests for all students. The students were questioned about their own attitudes concerning alcohol and drug use, any possible direct experience they may have had with these substances and related issues.

The students who did not pass test for drug or alcohol use were relatively tiny.  The students questioned, however, agreed that simply doing drug testing would discourage students from drug use. The rest were uncertain.

Fourteen percent of all students participating in the study  had consumed some quantity of alcohol by the time they were in the eighth grade, researchers reported. By contrast, as few as one in a hundred of the students in the study admitted to having used any illegal drug by the time they were in eighth grade. Significantly, the percentage of students who had used alcohol by eighth grade was reduced to only six percent for those previously subjected to school alcohol or drug testing.

The study was conducted by university researchers from Fairleigh Dickinson University, with the assistance of The Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey. The researchers, in revealing their results, declined to identify the names of the particular schools participating n their study, citing possible privacy concerns.