Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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July 13, 2013

Most in favor of random drug testing at schools

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Coalition member Carla Enzinger of Batesville Tool & Die felt it is more popular now for employers also to perform drug testing.

Roberts wondered about the frequency and cost of testing. People have urged him to “'drug screen them all.' We can’t do that.” Because education is a state requirement, trustees could approve a policy in the future that would test athletes on school teams, students who drive to school and those who take part in extracurricular activities. Linkel reported a nearby school will test a child at a parent’s request and the parent pays the cost.

Roberts pointed out if screenings are implemented, it gives students another "reason ... to say no” to an illegal substance.

In the survey, 81.3 percent of respondents stated they would not allow youth to drink in their homes even if they collected all the keys and felt everyone was safe.

The majority were not in favor of their kids going to parties where alcohol was being served. Eighty-five percent reported that they would be extremely or slightly unlikely to allow their child to attend a friend's un-chaperoned party vs. 75 percent reporting this would be the case if the party was chaperoned.

Yet just 37.6 percent had spoken with their children within the month before the survey about attending parties where alcohol was available.

There is still more of a stigma here with taking illegal drugs than drinking liquor. Ninety-nine percent said they would be "extremely or slightly upset" if their children were caught using drugs, much higher than the 85.8 percent who stated they would feel the same way if their kids was found drinking.

Debbie Blank can be contacted at debbie.blank@batesvilleheraldtribune.com or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

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