Random drug testing plan likely to be abandoned | SierraSun.com

Random drug testing plan likely to be abandoned

The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will meet at the North Tahoe High School Library today at 6:30 p.m.

A proposed policy to institute random drug testing for high school athletes at the North Tahoe and Tahoe-Truckee high schools is expected to be dropped at tonight’s school board meeting.

During the Sept. 21 meeting of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, the board listened to arguments for and against the program from students, doctors and educators.

“The whole board had a lot of questions,” said board member Cindy Gustafson.

The board asked staff to further investigate and come back with a recommendation and a list of pros and cons.

“After careful review of available information, the administration is recommending against moving ahead with a program of random drug/alcohol testing at this time,” said the staff summary in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District board agenda.

Some of the pros of drug testing include leveling the playing field and the threat of the test may act as a deterrent and keep some students from using drugs.

Some of the cons of drug testing include the fact that drug testing only tests for illicit drugs and fails to test the most commonly used drugs by adolescents, tobacco and alcohol.

Drug testing can also label athletes and makes them seem different from the rest of the student body if they are the only ones tested, according to an outline in the school board packet.

“Alcohol is a bigger problem, drug testing won’t test for that,” said Gustafson.

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