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Study: Drug Screenings Not A Deterrent For Use, Experimentation In Students

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File photo of bags of marijuana. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)

File photo of bags of marijuana. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS Connecticut) - The findings of a recent study suggest that drug testing in schools is not a deterrent for marijuana use or experimentation in students.

An estimated 20 percent of all high schools throughout the nation test their students for drug use. However, a year-long study of students found that those who attend such schools were no less likely than students in other, more lenient schools to experiment with marijuana, according to the Doctors’ Lounge.

“Even though drug testing sounds good, based on the science, it’s not working,” study author Daniel Romer, of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said in a release obtained by the medical news website.

Students who participated in the study were said to have been asked multiple questions about their school environments during the course of the study.

Though no discrepancy was found between students from schools who did or did not test for drug use, researchers did notice a lowered rate of drug experimentation in students who attended schools with more positive environments.

The study’s findings were published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, whose editorial staff is largely based in Providence, R.I.

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