Illinois: A Crash Course In Drug Testing

A Crash Course In Drug Testing

In their American-history classes, pupils may learn that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution demands probable cause for searches. Now the 2,100 students at Homewood-Flossmoor High School outside Chicago have learned a new lesson. Last week the school began random testing of all who take part in athletics for ten common drugs, including marijuana, cocaine and alcohol.

A weekly drawing will determine which 5% of the student athletes must submit urine samples. In addition, two athletes each week will be screened for steroids. Anyone who flunks the tests will be required to meet with a counselor. When chemical dependency is...

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