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Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens
Miami Herald ^ | June 4, 2005

Posted on 06/04/2005 6:06:50 PM PDT by Wolfie

Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens

If school boards institute random drug testing in the public schools, the use of illegal drugs among teens would be sharply reduced, said John Walters, the director of National Drug Control Policy.

President Bush's drug czar has called for catching alcohol and drug abuse early in the teen population, particularly by instituting random drug testing.

Random drug screening is an effective measure that local school boards should consider adopting, said John Walters, addressing the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors on Friday in Bal Harbour.

"[Random drug testing in public high schools] would dramatically change the face of substance abuse immediately," Walters said. Such a policy has been effective in the workforce and the military, he said.

"The question is: Why not apply this to young people?"

While public schools have free rein to conduct random drug tests at the high-school level, only two counties in Florida have opted to do so: Polk and Marion.

In 1998, then Miami-Dade School Board member Renier Diaz de la Portilla tried to launch a drug-testing pilot program in schools, but that effort failed.

"We haven't discussed that recently," said John Schuster, a spokesman for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Diaz de la Portilla's move would have paid for testing 5,000 high school students whose parents requested the tests.

But the School Board passed a watered-down version of the program, which required consent from the students.

Walters said it's "common sense" to focus on young people, who are more likely to experiment with drugs or alcohol.

Instead of seeing the tests as a punishment to the students, testing should be viewed as a "public tool," he said.

"I think this is a new area," Walters said. "There has been a lot of misunderstanding about drug testing in schools," he said, adding that he wants to spark school board-level discussion about testing and not push for a federal mandate.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: bigbrother; bongbrigade; bush43; donutwatch; educationnews; health; johnwalters; nannystate; privacy; standanddeliver; students; substanceabuse; teens; term2; thestateownsyou; wodlist; zerotolerance
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...adding that he wants to spark school board-level discussion about testing and not push for a federal mandate.

Oh, I bet he'll get around to that.

1 posted on 06/04/2005 6:06:50 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

I think his new title should be Drug Fuehrer.


2 posted on 06/04/2005 6:10:15 PM PDT by Sir Gawain (Jeb Pilate and the Republican Congress: Stood by while someone died)
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To: Wolfie

Okay, but make sure you test teachers too.

SURELY teachers' unions would support that, no? Why on earth NOT?!?


3 posted on 06/04/2005 6:10:44 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing

Screw that. Test the Drug Czar.


4 posted on 06/04/2005 6:11:55 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Drug Czar Favors Testing Teens

Stay the hell off my kids your blatant misuse of government power and free cheese has ruined my boys leave my others alone you bunch of red tape money hungering creeps !


5 posted on 06/04/2005 6:14:44 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (secus acutulus exspiro ab Acheron bipes actio absol ab Acheron supplico)
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To: Wolfie
Maybe we should simply get rid of the Fourth Amendment prohibition against unlawful search and seizure and the Fifth Amendment prohibition of self incrimination while we are at it. Do away with probable cause, search all homes and mail and force everyone to say whether they have done anything illegal, immoral or fattening and life will be grand.

More proof the WOD is a war on the Constitution IMHO.

6 posted on 06/04/2005 6:15:38 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (Never draw to an inside straight.)
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Okay, but make sure you test teachers too.

Hell, test the politicians too. After all, if we're serious about combatting drug abuse the most noble among us must set a good example, non?

7 posted on 06/04/2005 6:17:17 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: Sir Gawain

The pattern by which governments erode rights is to start with a subset of the population that garner little sympathy. Flood the popular media with images of ignorant and promiscuous teens fueled by hormones and rap music. Every other story is about youths and drugs. Get middle america to resent them and demand a solution. Then drop the ax. Goodbye America. It was fun.


8 posted on 06/04/2005 6:18:11 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Wolfie

That's my responsibility as a parent. If they want to test people for drugs, let them set a good example and start with politicians and other public servants first.


9 posted on 06/04/2005 6:19:02 PM PDT by airborne (Dear Lord, please be with my family in Iraq. Keep them close to You and safely in Your arms.)
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To: Lizavetta

Why stop there, lets test everyone twice a month. We could help form hundreds of thousands of jobs, living off the hard work of the taxpayers. Papers please!


10 posted on 06/04/2005 6:24:02 PM PDT by pepperhead (Kennedy's float, Mary Jo's don't!)
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To: Wolfie

This will never happen.


11 posted on 06/04/2005 6:29:42 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Wolfie
The question is: Why not apply this to young people?"

Because you psychotic idiot (referring to John Walters), it is against the law. This scumbag needs to be fired now. The RNC is not getting another dime from me until this idiot is fired.
12 posted on 06/04/2005 6:30:18 PM PDT by microgood
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To: sgtbono2002

Tie it to highway funds, and its a done deal.


13 posted on 06/04/2005 6:31:43 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Wolfie

Shucks, why not start at the pre-school level? Sheesh.


14 posted on 06/04/2005 6:35:07 PM PDT by Blue Champagne
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To: Sir Gawain

Drogeführer NDCP John Walters, you mean like that? It's interesting to note that the acronym for the nazi party is NSDAP(Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei). Just a peculiar observation.


15 posted on 06/04/2005 6:35:41 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Wolfie

Damn youre right, Hope they dont figure that out.


16 posted on 06/04/2005 6:41:10 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: Wolfie

Why don't we start by testing Congress? That should stir things up a little.


17 posted on 06/04/2005 6:42:24 PM PDT by dljordan
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To: Wolfie

every day


18 posted on 06/04/2005 6:43:44 PM PDT by AntiGuv ()
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To: Wolfie
Tie it to highway funds, and its a done deal.

LOL! - you're on a roll!

19 posted on 06/04/2005 6:45:41 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Lawgvr1955
Oh, let's not stop there. Let's strip-search everyone, and I mean everyone, who walks through the door of a public school. And DNA samples from everyone to make sure everyone is really who he says he is. Wait a minute! I've got an even better idea: let's keep the kids extra safe by keeping them locked up at school 24/7. That way we can indoctrinate them even faster, so they'll be even more amenable to these blatant violations of the Constitution. And no more junk food. That'll make the world safe for democracy. (sarcasm off)
20 posted on 06/04/2005 6:49:32 PM PDT by Uncle Vlad
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