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- Students at the Delaware Valley School District in Pennsylvania have won an appeal of a case in which they sued the school district, claiming that its drug testing policy violated their privacy rights. The plan requires that all middle and high school students who want to play sports, participate in extracurricular activities, or park an automobile on school premises submit to an alcohol and drug test. The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, affirming a lower court's ruling, found that the school must prove that the need for drug testing outweighs the privacy rights of students. In this case, the school did not provide evidence that the drug testing was needed. (Theodore v. Delaware Valley School District, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, No. J-97-2004, 2004)

Did You Know That?

- While 71 percent of New Jersey companies are "very concerned" about drug or alcohol abuse among their employees, only 30 percent have implemented substance abuse education, training, or assistance programs for employees. Companies whose staff have serious alcohol or drug abuse problems are no more likely to have such programs than those without these problems. @ See SM Online for a survey on drug abuse policies in New Jersey workplaces.

Drug testing

- In a recent Federal employees and applicants for certain jobs in the government may be asked to provide sweat, saliva, and hair for drug testing. A new rule proposed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration would allow testing of sweat, saliva, and hair for signs of drug use. The rule has been proposed, according to the agency, to allow for more accurate testing, because urine tests can be circumvented.

School drug testing

- A June 2002 opinion by the Supreme Court granted public schools more leeway to test students for drugs randomly. How to do it appropriately was left to the schools. To aid the effort, the White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has finally released a guidance document to school administrators.

Drug testing

- A federal appeals court has ruled that a government drug-testing policy did not impinge on the constitutional rights of an employee. In the case, Robert Relford was arrested for drug possession. He attempted to hide the fact from his supervisor at the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. However, the supervisor learned of the arrest and told Relford to submit to drug counseling. During the counseling, Relford was chosen for a random drug test. He failed the test and was terminated. The court ruled that testing employees who are participating in a rehabilitation program is constitutional. (Relford v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, No. 03-5600, 2004)

Drug testing

- A federal court of appeals has ruled that an employee's arrest for the possession of drug paraphernalia, an abuse of sick leave policy, and his refusal to submit to a drug test are sufficient grounds for requiring the employee to undergo ongoing, random drug screening. (Robert Relford v. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, No. 03-5600, 2004)

The New Face of Meth in America

- Despite successes in stopping domestic production, foreign smuggling of the drug has filled the void, officials say.

Let Afghanistan's Heroin Be?

- Curbing heroin production in Afghanistan could lead to worse problems.
 




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