At least three districts in Colorado conduct random drug tests on students in extracurricular activities. Holyoke plans to begin testing next year. And representatives from schools in several other places — Weld County, Durango, Archuleta County, Colorado Springs, Dolores and Towaoc — were all in Pagosa Springs recently to hear federal drug warriors pitch the program.
"We are not waging a war on drugs; we are waging a war of defense — a defense of the basis of humanity, and that is our brain," said Dr. Bertha Madras, the White House deputy drug czar in charge of reducing demand for drugs.
While research has not found that random testing reduces student drug use, testing is catching on. An estimated 4,155 schools across the country test urine, saliva, hair and even blood of students involved in extracurricular competitive activities — covering students in everything from 4-H to football to the debate team.
I cannot tell what Dr. Madras is talking about. Her statement is nonsensical. The war on (some) drugs is a war on people who use drugs and nothing else. If this lady is so worried about peoples brains, then maybe she should encourage the use of some psychoactive drugs that are claimed to expand peoples minds and make them more creative. Maybe this is the unspoken idea since the testing only tests for amphetamines, marijuana (cannainoid or THC), cocaine, opiates, and phencyclidine (PCP). A teen could drop acid, take mushrooms, and remain undetected. They could be drinking every night and it wouldn’t show up. They could be smoking a pack a day of cigarettes and it wouldn’t be detected. They could also be using steroids and that would remain undetected, which is one of the more likely drugs these teens might be using as they are only testing those who are volunteering for extracurricular activities, like sports.
The most ridiculous part of this whole thing is that they state that there is no evidence that random testing has had any effect on curbing teenage drug use, but then they continue to implement the idea in more and more schools, why? I guess this is a great way to waste more tax money and invade the privacy of more and more people, and that is why the bureaucrats are all for it.