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BOARDMAN TWP., Ohio - School districts all over Ohio are implementing drug testing policies as a way to stop the growing drug addiction epidemic.

Boardman school administrators believe testing could save lives.

The board of education plans to start mandatory testing of all athletes and students who drive to school starting this fall. Then the year after that, all students who participate in activities and drive to school will be tested.

Boardman Superintendent Frank Lazzeri said, "We think this is the right thing to do because it will help students, hopefully help them make better decisions. These adolescent years are difficult for students. Their brains are being formed. It's a time when they make mistakes. We want them to make better decisions and not a fatal mistake."

School administrators say they chose to use hair follicle testing because it's the most accurate. They say hair can keep evidence of drug use for up to 100 days.

The school board is expected to officially pass the new drug testing policy in April.

At $40 per test, the blanket and random testing is expected to cost district taxpayers $25,000 to $30,000 a year.

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