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Board of Ed to Consider Random Drug Tests for High School Athletes

The tests would be for illegal drugs and alcohol, but not performance-enhancing substances.

The Beverly Hills Unified School District Board of Education will consider Tuesday the adoption of a mandatory random drug/alcohol testing policy for the city's high school athletes.

"This policy is designed as a deterrent to drug and alcohol abuse at Beverly Hills High School," board President Brian Goldberg told Patch. "I proposed this policy as a means to address a growing problem at Beverly. While I would support random testing for all students, the U.S. Supreme Court and the California Courts of Appeal allow for testing only for students participating on sports teams."

The tests cost about $55 per athlete and would be paid for by the district. The testing would seek to detect illegal drugs and alcohol, but not performance-enhancing substances.

The board will discuss the agenda item at its regular meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Salter Family Theatre at BHHS. The public is welcome to attend and submit comments on the issue or email comments to bhhsptsa@gmail.com to have them submitted to the meeting's record. To view school board agenda items and proposed policies, click here for the BHUSD website.

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Brian David Goldberg, PhD May 22, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I hope people will go to our web site and actually read the proposed policy. If they do they will read very clearly that the intent is to help students who have an issue with drugs or alcohol and ensure the safety of our students. A lot of misinformation is being circulated and the Board will have an opportunity to clarify a lot of that at tonight's board meeting.
joebanana May 22, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The courts "allow" constitutional rights violations? How nice. How about drug testing these people who want to disregard our rights? Under which amendment is the court basing this decision? Or, rather, which parts of the forth, and fifth amendment don't they understand? This "war on drugs" is illegal, and these judges domestic enemies.
Ron Harris May 22, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Mandatory drug test for all starting with the ones that give the test, next should be the people that are in charge then give the rest a test.
Steven Herbert May 22, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Is there an alcohol and drug problem among Beverly Hills High School students?
Ron Harris May 22, 2012 at 07:27 PM
How can the problem be the studentd don't they learn from the adults ? Had to go to jury duty and none had to be tested yet they can judge you can't get a job at a fast food joint without being tested. I'm not for or against testingjust think it should start at the top.
Ron Harris May 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
And if you do nothing you get welfare with no testing and all you can do is put the blame on the High School Athletes.
Ron Harris May 22, 2012 at 09:22 PM
It's illegal to smoke allmost anywhere and Whiskey is still on the shelfs. Seems the only important thing is to collect taxes and put blame on the younger generation get it right all or nothing.
Linn Goldberg May 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Linn Goldberg, M.D. It would be helpful for people who are educators, or support education to educate themselves on the deterrent effect o fdrug testing. As the Principal Investigator of the only National Institutes of Health sponsored randomized control trial study of student-athlete drug testing, entitled the SATURN Study, drug testing did NOT deter drug use. In fact, it increased risk factors for future drug use. This is but one reason why drug testing, see: http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(07)00323-0/abstract is not listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices of the USDHHS. What these people do not realize that education works! We developed two programs, one for male high school athletes and one for high school female athletes (ATLAS and ATHENA). These programs ARE listed in the National Registry and developed by NIH sponsored studies. They have won awards from Sports Illustrated http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1104419/index.htm and the International Mentor Award http://www.mentorfoundation.org/projects.php?id=124 and others. Now implemented with 80,000 student athletes, the programs have been sponsored by the National Football League, including the Chargers, Raiders and 49ers. I implore the school district to get educated by dispassionate evaluators of drug testing, not advocates. Look at the scientific results and do not do this without considering the downside of testing. Good luck!
Beverly athletics team May 23, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Why is it that we can drug test all the athletes but not the coaches or faculty. Also why does ONLY the athletic department get tested? why not the other clics at the school? this is a bad solution and im telling you, you're not going to have an athletic department next year. ;) coming for a student athletes at BHHS.
Beverly Hills Athletic Dep. May 23, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Why is it that we can drug test all the athletes but not the coaches or faculty. Also why does ONLY the athletic department get tested? why not the other clics at the school? this is a bad solution and im telling you, you're not going to have an athletic department next year. ;) coming for a student athletes at BHHS.
Bob Duncan April 20, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Drug testing is a good idea providing it is done properly and by qualified personnel. Testing for the right drugs and with the right methods make all the difference. ARCpoint labs of Los Angeles are a preferred testing labs for Schools and Colleges in the Los Angeles area.

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