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Crestview Schools consider random drug testing

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COLUMBIANA, Ohio - A Columbiana County School District is considering random drug testing for more than just students athletes.

The Crestview Local School Board will spend the next month reviewing a proposed drug testing policy, before making a final decision whether or not to implement it.

"Nobody says I want to be a heroin addict, yet unfortunately a large portion of our population is becoming heroin addicts and there is a big drug problem," said School Board Member Edward Miller.

The proposed random drug testing would not only apply to student athletes, but students in all extra-curricular activities, students who drive to school, and students whose parents "opt-in" for the testing.

It's an idea, actually proposed by students.

"I think putting a stop to it now prevents addicts, prevents overdoses, prevents death," said Crestview Senior Preston Straney. "I think stopping them in high school will save them when they turn 40, 35 years-old."

The urine tests would be administered by a professional company at the beginning of each school year, and then at random for the remainder of the year.

Parents would not be charged for the drug tests.

Students who test positive for drugs will be encouraged to receive counseling, they may also have to give up a portion or all of their playing season and/or driving privileges.

"If it's a student athlete or student driver, the school will know that, if a parent opts-in that will be private between the company and the parent," said Superintendent John Dilling.

School Board Members will vote on the proposed policy next month. The Superintendent says he expects it to pass.

 

 

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