Drug-Testing Proposal Prompts Heated Debate

By Yellin, Deena | The Record (Bergen County, NJ), January 10, 2014 | Go to article overview

Drug-Testing Proposal Prompts Heated Debate


Yellin, Deena, The Record (Bergen County, NJ)


DEMAREST -- The raw emotions of a school community debating how to safeguard its children from drug abuse were on display Thursday night as the Northern Valley Regional High School District unveiled its proposed random drug-testing policy.

The plan has created controversy for more than a year, as district officials touted it as an effective curb to drug use, and critics argued it doesn't work and would detrimentally affect students.

Officials addressed the legal support for the policy as well as the need for it, as many parents held signs to the contrary.

Superintendent Chris Nagy had to speak above heckles as critics complained that surveys on an overhead screen were difficult to see or irrelevant to the district.

No vote was taken as the gathering was purely informational. The school board is expected to vote on the policy on Jan. 27. A negative vote would put an end to the issue. If the board votes in favor, a second reading and vote will take place the following month. If approved, the policy will be implemented for the 2014-15 school year. Student information assemblies and visits to schools that have random drug testing would take place before implementation, Nagy said.

The policy would test students participating in extracurricular activities or who have parking privileges on campus by requiring selected students to undergo a urine test. A negative drug test could lead to suspension from extracurricular activities but not to suspension, expulsion from school or arrest. It would not appear on a student's school records. Students would be guided to professional aid.

Besides testing, the district is already offering educational programs, including an expanded drug-prevention curriculum with mandatory pre-prom programs, substance awareness and a parent academy, Nagy said. It also has hired staff members to address the issue, including a full-time nurse specializing in psychiatric nursing and an added psychologist.

The need for such programs is clear, officials say. Nagy noted that over the past five years, the district reported more suspicion- based positive tests than most Bergen County districts. He showed statistics and quotations from districts that implemented random testing successfully. Some parents grumbled that Northern Valley is very different than districts such as Kinnelon and Hunterdon, which chose to use the program.

Police were among the presenters.

Lt. Tom Dombroski, director of the Bergen County Narcotics Squad, said drug use in the county is epidemic, especially in affluent areas. "You can get a bag of heroin in Paterson for $3 a bag," and most parents are unaware their children are addicts until they overdose or are arrested, he said.

Old Tappan police Detective Joe Tracey, who deals with local teens, explained the most common drugs and their use, including marijuana, alcohol, cocaine and OxyContin. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Drug-Testing Proposal Prompts Heated Debate
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.