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Drug Testing Debate

Some mountain school officials say testing high school athletes for drugs should be expanded to all extracurricular programs, or ended completely.
Mitchell County's School Board is considering options for keeping students drug-free. The testing program for athletes has run for eight years, but no one has tested positive for drug abuse. Twelve athletes are chosen at random each year for testing at a cost of $1,200. Expanding the test could raise that amount to more than $3,600.
School officials say there is a better way to encourage students to make good choices. They say the money would be better spent in proactive education programs.
But student athletes we talked with support the testing program. They say the program is a powerful influence to avoid drugs, to avoid being caught.
Discussions about the drug testing program is scheduled for the August 11th meeting of the school board.

By: Sherrill Barber


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