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Student Drug Testing

States Must Take the Lead on Ending the War on Drugs

Although President Nixon gets credit for declaring the "war on drugs," it is really state officials who have been waging the war. In 2009, there were nearly 1.7 million arrests for drug crimes in the U.S., the vast majority of which were made by state law enforcement officers. And these arrests came under laws passed by state lawmakers. So the number of individuals in state prisons and jails for drug crimes far outnumbers those in federal prison, despite the fact that more than half of all federal prisoners are there for drug crimes.

Because state officials are serving as the front-line troops in the "war on drugs," efforts to reform drug laws should focus on the states. Read More »


State Supreme Court Rules Against Student Drug Testing

Mar 13, 2008
The Washington Supreme Court found unanimously that requiring students to undergo drug testing without suspicion of wrongdoing violates the state constitution. Read More »

ACLU Opposes Suspicionless Drug Testing for Lake Stevens Students

The ACLU of Washington wishes to comment on the recent news that the Lake Stevens School District may require drug tests for all students enrolled in school-sponsored extracurricular activities, even where there are no grounds to suspect that the individual students being tested are abusing drugs. Read More »

ACLU Opposes Suspicionless Drug Testing for Marysville Students

An ACLU-WA letter to the Marysville School District, opposing the proposed drug testing of student athletes without reasonable suspicion of drug abuse. Read More »

Deputy Sheriff, Doctor Challenge Suspicionless Student Drug Testing by Wahkiakum

Apr 13, 2006
A group of parents is challenging the suspicionless testing of Wahkiakum School District students who participate in extracurricular athletic activities. Read More »

ACLU Challenges Student Drug Testing at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School

Sep 14, 2005
The ACLU has filed a suit challenging a plan for suspicionless drug testing of students at Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, because it violates students’ privacy and interferes with parental rights. Read More »

Wise v. Cle Elum-Roslyn School District (Random Drug Testing)

The ACLU filed suit in 2005 on behalf of several Cle Elum-Roslyn High School parents, students, and a football coach, challenging the random drug testing of students involved in extracurricular activities. The lawsuit argues the policy violates student privacy rights and their parents' rights to determine how to raise their children. Read More »

Elizabeth Wise Testimony to the Cle Elum School Board

May 15, 2005
I am well aware that the intent in drafting this policy, the goal, is to help students by identifying drug users and then assisting them into treatment and by deterring drug and alcohol use. These are good goals. But the reading I have been doing suggests the policy may in fact result in the opposite outcome -increased problem drug or alcohol use. Read More »