Testing for drugs of abuse in children and adolescents: Addendum - Testing in schools and at home

Alain Joffe, Mary Lou Behnke, John R. Knight, Patricia Kokotailo, Tammy H. Sims, Janet F. Williams, John W. Kulig, Deborah Simkin, Linn Goldberg, Sharon Levy, Karen Smith, Robert D. Murray, Barbara L. Frankowski, Rani S. Gereige, Cynthia J. Mears, Michele M. Roland, Thomas L. Young, Linda M. Grant, Daniel Hyman, Harold MagalnickGeorge J. Monteverdi, Evan G. Pattishall, Nancy LaCursia, Donna Mazyck, Mary Vernon-Smiley, Robin Wallace, Madra Guinn-Jones

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The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to believe that adolescents should not be drug tested without their knowledge and consent. Recent US Supreme Court decisions and market forces have resulted in recommendations for drug testing of adolescents at school and products for parents to use to test adolescents at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics has strong reservations about testing adolescents at school or at home and believes that more research is needed on both safety and efficacy before school-based testing programs are implemented. The American Academy of Pediatrics also believes that more adolescent-specific substance abuse treatment resources are needed to ensure that testing leads to early rehabilitation rather than to punitive measures only.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)627-630
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Adolescence
  • Substance abuse detection
  • Substance-related disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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