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Should High School Athletes be Drug Tested Many schools feel that the students that play sports are the leaders in their schools and should have to take a drug test to be eligible to play sports The schools do not want drug users on high school sports teams because in many cases students on the teams are the ones that are looked up to in their schools and expected to set an example for others Drug use by people playing sports also has very serious health consequences on and off the playing field Teachers noticed a sharp rise in students drug use in the late 1980s Some schools tried to teach the dangers of drugs by bringing in speakers with anti-drug messages and offered special drug deterrence classes Police officers brought in special drug sniffing dogs to detect drugs and the problems still existed Students in schools were very unhappy with the suspicion of drug use and began to rebel They caused trouble in classrooms and the administration blamed it on drug use Teachers proposed a student drug testing policy for all students and it was eventually narrowed down to just athletes Under the policy any students wishing to play on a sports in junior or senior high would subject themselves to a urine test so the school could test for drugs Many students did not wish to submit themselves to the test for drugs Any student that would not take the test would be ineligible to play on a sports team In addition 10 of all athletes would be selected each week and tested again The testing would be conducted in an empty locker room and would be overseen by an adult of the same sex Students would first have to fill out a specimen control form which gives each student their own identification number The students list any prescription medication being taken and a sample of urine given The samples are
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