Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Testing Our Kids
In his weekly radio address this week, President Bush reminded Americans that he has budgeted for $23 million to be used to fund random drug testing of our nation's youth. In the address, given on July 17th, the President notes that smoking and illicit drug use have declined among teens. This has managed to happen without widespread federal funding for random drug testing.
Many scholars and policy analysts believe that random drug testing does nothing to deter drug use among teens, and it simply serves to create distrust between adults and youth. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Education Association, and the American Public Health Association all signed an amicus brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court, opposing random drug testing in schools.