Should Teens be Subject to Drug Testing?
In July of 2005, the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University released a report (“Diversion and Abuse of Controlled Prescription Drugs in the U.S”) stating that "from 1992 to 2003, abuse of controlled prescription drugs grew at a rate twice that of marijuana abuse; five times that of cocaine abuse; 60 times that of heroin abuse." CASA also noted: "The explosion in the prescription of addictive opioids, depressants and stimulants has, for many children, made their parents' medicine cabinet a greater temptation and threat than the illegal street drug dealer."
The most commonly abused drugs among teens include:
Cannabinoids (for example, marijuana, hashish), sometimes called "pot, weed, Mary Jane, or herb" and is smoked in a "joint," "blunt," "bong," or pipe