Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Drug Test All Kids - Yeah Right!

6 November 2006

Scheme cuts use
By Bob Roberts, Deputy Political Editor

RANDOM drug testing could soon be carried out on schoolchildren.

Headteachers across England and Wales are being asked to bring in the scheme after trials saw a drop in drug use.

It is believed the results can uncover early signs children are getting hooked.

And experts say random tests encourage youngsters to turn down drugs outside school if they could be checked the next day.

Peter Walker, an ex-headteacher and government consultant for the project, said: "It doesn't cause any harm, a child still has a right to say no, indeed so does a parent.

"It doesn't disrupt the running of the school, it's relatively cheap to do and brings great benefits like improved performances."

Under the voluntary scheme, saliva is tested for cannabis, amphetamines, morphine and cocaine. It costs £13 a time and results take 20 minutes.

Pilot schemes have shown improvements in behaviour and reductions in drug use.

The Government plans come amid research which suggests around one in four children have tried drugs by the age of 15.

But charity DrugScope has warned that testing in schools is an "extreme measure".

Study finds why youngsters have unsafe sex
(oh yeah, looks remarkably like there remains a need to make sex ed relevent and  'remove the impediments to health promotion' although here again we are notably absent debate on the 'blanket and criminalised prohibition paradigm' that gets in the way.  / Blair)

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