Tomo offers convenient, confidential, and complete student drug testing programs to schools in Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Random drug testing of students in middle school, junior high school and high school can play a crucial role in the prevention of casual drug use or identify a more serious substance abuse problem earlier. Tomo offers a variety of drug tests to meet the needs of your school and students.
- Trained drug collectors
- Strict quality guidelines
- Complete program and student confidentiality
- Accurate and reliable results
- Customized programs to fit your school's needs
Student drug testing can help encourage a safe, healthy, and drug-free culture at school.
Identification and Treatment
Random drug testing can help schools identify students using and abusing drugs early and refer them to treatment programs, setting them on a path toward recovery.
Teenagers are at higher risk when it comes to the effects of drugs and alcohol. A teenage brain is not fully developed until age 25, and substance misuse can jeopardize this process in several ways, both long-term and short-term.
Student drug testing can dissuade students from participating when presented with the opportunity to use. During moments of peer pressure, this can be invaluable, as it shifts blame away from the student and provides a concrete reason for a teen to refuse drugs.
Why test teens?
Adolescents’ brains are still developing, therefore especially vulnerable to the detrimental effects of drug use. There are short term consequences that could affect the student’s judgment and decision making process (causing accidents, poor performance in school or sports, increased risky behavior, etc). Long term consequences can cause much more serious issues such as poor academic outcomes, family problems, mood changes, and addiction. The earlier a teen begins using drugs, the more likely he or she will develop an addiction.
How many students use drugs?
The National Center on Addiction and Substance abuse reports that around 17% of American high school students are drinking, smoking or using drugs during the school day. About 50% of 12th graders say they’ve used an illicit drug at least once in their lifetime and over 35% report using marijuana in the last year. Abuse and misuse of prescription drugs are also high. In 2013, 7.4% of high school seniors reported non-medical use of the prescription stimulant Adderall in the past year.
Is drug testing in schools effective?
Drug testing should never be a stand alone solution to a drug problem. Drug testing should be a part of a large comprehensive drug-free school policy.
What if the student is on prescription drugs?
If a student is appropriately using prescription drugs, he or she may test positive on a drug test. However, a Medical Review Officer (MRO) reviews every laboratory positive drug test result. The MRO verifies that the substance identified in the drug test is prescribed to the student. If that is the case, the test is reported by the MRO to the school as a negative test result.
This ensures that no student tests positive for drugs due to prescription medicine. Student confidentiality is maintained and only the student, the student's parents and the MRO know of the student's use of prescription drugs.
Is the test confidential? Who has access to the results?
The test is completely confidential. Only the designated representative at the school receives the results. Parents are able to request a copy of their student's results only by contacting the school.