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First randomised trial finds little benefit and some risks in routinely testing school pupils for drugs

Mike Ashton, of Drug and Alcohol Findings, has been kind enough to bring to my attention a piece of US research on the random testing of school athletes.  Here’s the abstract:

US study of randomly testing secondary school pupils involved in extracurricular sports was equivocal about its deterrent impact and found some deterioration in attitudes to risktaking, adding to a slim evidence base which has so far found little benefit to justify the risks and the costs.

Get the whole thing here.

Filed under: Drug and Alcohol Findings, random drug testing, research, USA

Universal provision versus targeting prevention at high risk youth

Mike Ashton has been kind enough to bring my attention to the following paper on Drug and Alcohol Findings:

Universal provision versus targeting prevention at high risk youth

Is it best to focus prevention efforts on youngsters most likely to use substances – or will that miss out many future users who could have benefited from these efforts? This well informed and clear analysis concludes that we just can’t predict well enough to risk leaving some youngsters out.

Filed under: Drug and Alcohol Findings, drug education

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