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According to a study conducted by the University of Michigans Institute for Social Research among the graduating class of 1997 543 percent of students had used an illicit drug by the time they reached their senior year of high school a dramatic increase from the once 407 percent in 1992 The study also reported an increase among high school seniors from 271 percent in 1992 to 424 percent in 1997 that had used an illicit drug in that past year There was also an increase from 144 percent 1992 to 262 percent 1997 of use in the past month And due to the addictive nature of drugs many of these young students will continue using them throughout their life Drug abuse has become an increasing problem in the nations high schools today The question is how is it prevented Drug testing has been a successful way of controlling this and the problems associated with it It is true though that the most effective way begins in the home when children are young and just learning about drugs and their hazardous health risks Other programs deal with educating students about the effects and dangers that will effect a person for the rest of their life These programs also teach about the legal issues involved But what do you do for high school students after it is too late to carry out these programs And often the programs have been carried out but students ignored the warning and council and end up breaking the law What do you do then Many schools are implementing drug testing programs which have been proven to successfully decrease the amount of drug abuse that occurs in schools High School drug testing has become a very controversial topic in many communities across the nation Many students and parents are arguing that drug testing is a violation of the rights of a US citizen as designated in the 4th amendment of the Constitution
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