IQ: A question of substance 

Most agree that there is a problem with drug use among teens; we just can't agree on how to stop it. Drug testing in schools is one idea, but it brings up more ethical dilemmas than even Socrates would know what to do with.

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Lester Smith

Garden of the Gods area

Do you think drug testing should be allowed in high schools? No. I just don't think that's the right place to test kids. You're there to learn. They test kids in a lot of places, I would think, so they shouldn't do it in high school.

How would you talk to kids about drugs? I think parents — therein relies the responsibility — are responsible for the upbringing. I really think they should talk to their kids about drugs.

What do you think is the most effective method of drug prevention? Family. Once you get with your peers it gets tough, because I'm sure there's a lot of peer pressure and you want to fit in. I would think your family is where it's at to stop it before it gets started.

What percentage of high school students do you think do drugs? Forty percent would be my guess.

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Sean Jabro
Truck driver


How do you feel about drug testing in high schools? It would be intrusive. I don't know if it violates any rights, but I don't agree with it.

Have you ever taken a drug test? I've taken a lot of drug tests, [since] I drive a truck. It's irritating sometimes, but I still think in schools it's completely unnecessary.

What do you think is the best method of drug prevention? Talking to your kids.

What percentage of high school students do you think do drugs? Eighty-five percent.

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Chris Thomas
Graphic design professional


Do you think that drug testing should be allowed in schools? I don't believe in drug testing in schools. I think it's just another level of invasion of privacy.

Have you ever had to take a drug test? I've had to take drug tests for work. I don't feel it's intrusive because I'm operating machinery. I think it's more of a safety matter in that case.

What do you think is the best method of drug prevention? As far as my kids go, I try to guide them wisely by being honest with them and telling them all the dangers that come along with specific drugs. I think in most cases, it's the parents' responsibility.

— Kevin Kehl


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