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Effects of Teen Drug Abuse: A Case for Drug Testing in Schools

Teen drug use has long been a concern for both parents and school administrators alike. Recent studies have shown that the usual drugs are still around, while new drugs are making a debut with teenagers. The landscape of drug use among students is changing, with new trends emerging.

State of Teenage Drug Abuse
Illicit drug use remains high amongst students in grades 8-12 both in terms of the total percentage of students using drugs and also the frequency of drug usage.
On the positive side, the use of inhalants is down, which is likely due to stricter regulations on purchasing items like canned air. Ecstasy and cocaine use are also dropping off significantly. And most surprisingly, alcohol consumption is at an all-time low among students.
However, the main drug of choice among teenagers is marijuana; mainly because it’s viewed as less risky than other drugs. There is a strong inverse correlation between perception of risk and drug use, which is to say that as perception of risk decreases…

Drug Testing for Welfare: Should People on Welfare be Drug Tested

Drug testing for welfare recipients has become a hot button issue across America. In fact, legislation requiring drug testing for welfare recipients was proposed in 29 states over the last year, and passed in 8 states. With the argument raging on both sides of party lines and welfare drug testing statistics being thrown around, Americans are weighing in with their opinions.
Here is a look at the most common arguments being used on each side in the welfare drug testing argument:
Pro-Drug Testing Arguments
Drug Testing Welfare Recipients is Fiscally Responsible Proponents believe that it is fiscally irresponsible to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize the use of illegal drugs. Therefore, drug testing would ensure that taxpayer dollars would be used wisely to help individuals that need assistance and are going to use the money the way it was intended – for necessities, rather than illegal leisure activities.
Testing Incentivizes Drug Users to Get Clean By withholding badly needed welfare dollar…

On Site Drug Testing vs Outsourcing to a Lab

On Site Drug Testing Saves Money, Time and Effort
Most people do not want to handle, never mind examine, another person’s urine. However, the benefits of in-house drug testing vs. outsourcing to a clinic are abundant and should not be ignored or dismissed due to personal views.
Many employers, up to 78 percent, require drug testing for at least a particular segment of their workforce. According to HireRight’s 2013 Employment Screening Benchmarking Report, this number is even higher in highly regulated industries such as transportation, which is reported at 98 percent.  Staffing agencies, employers and pain management facilities can all benefit from the cost, time and productivity savings seen from using on site drug testing methods over the traditional method of outsourcing testing to laboratories.
Cost Benefits
According to the Millennium Research Institute, most pain management facilities and chronic care physicians drug test patients two to six times per year in order to increase the …