This article seeks to address the efficacy of school drug-testing programs. After providing some general background information on the abuse of substances, the article sets forth the Supreme Court decisions on student drug testing. Part III then discusses the extension of the jurisprudence in the state courts to show how the Supreme Court law is being expanded by the states, and is likely to be further expanded in the future. The next section, Part IV, turns to drug screening from a public health perspective, analyzing whether or not drug screening is a valid public health screen. Finally, Part V examines whether student drug testing serves as a deterrent, whether the programs cause any inadvertent harm, and the nature of future research that should be undertaken to determine the value of drug testing in public schools.
Floralynn Einesman, Drug Testing of Students: A Legal and Public Health Perspective, 23 J. Of Contemp. Health L. & Pol’y 231 (2007).