How does the current drug testing proposals and programs look so far?
On June 21, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino said they are seeking an issuance of a Dangerous Drugs Board resolution to enforce mandatory drug testing on public and private schools students and personnel.
Rosye Cloud, vice president of strategy and innovation for the College Promise advocacy group, said in an email that each state must determine its own criteria for eligibility when creating programs such as this.
"We support student access and success through promoting and expanding Promise programs," Cloud said.
This move was sought after they arrested a 10-year old suspected drug user. Based on our operation, yung bata na gumagamit ng illegal drugs is as early as 10 years old,” he said on Thursday. Based on our operation, a child that used illegal drugs is as early as 10 years old.] Aquino said it is up to the Dep Ed if they would take up the recommendation.
The PDEA Chief also wanted the Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act amended to make school officials, teachers, and students undergo mandatory and surprise drug testing."When you get into the politics of each state, and it really doesn't matter the political makeup, in our experience, a lot of local or at least statewide politics issues come to the forefront," Winograd said. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit held that the State Technical College of Missouri may not require all students to submit to drug testing prior to enrollment.Many states have administered drug tests for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as well as for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit upheld a ruling that said a Florida law requiring all TANF applicants to be drug tested violated the Fourth Amendment. The college, formerly Linn State Technical College, argued that the drug tests were meant to foster a drug-free environment on campus, but the court ruled the test was a search under the Fourth Amendment.The agency released Department Order 40, Series of 2017, the guidelines for the conduct of drug testing in public and private secondary schools, on August 8, 2017.They also released Department Order 37, the guidelines for the conduct at the end of July 2017.However, drug testing all those applying for eligibility has been challenged frequently in the courts. Winograd said there could be a variety of reasons why West Virginia lawmakers were particularly interested in this policy, but that one could be continued concern for drug-abuse issues in the state."It's not an uncommon thing to have in workplaces, but I think people are thinking about substance-abuse drugs, but in West Virginia they could've easily been thinking about opioid addiction, which is a huge problem in that state," Winograd said.The drug tests won't deem a student ineligible for prescription medicines, which could include medical marijuana, according to local media reports.Many states have standards related to minimum grade point average or family income to enter the program.Commission on Human Rights Commissioner Gwen Pimentel commented on this, asking for the rights of the children to be observed and safeguards and guidelines in the implementation of the drug testing be provided.Pimentel said that the program must observe the right to privacy, the right to consent and to be informed of those who will take the drug tests, especially if they are children.