Both schools say the program is not punitive in nature, but an opportunity to educate students and address addiction to drugs and alcohol at a young age. Only students who repeatedly test positive for substance abuse will be disciplined.
Dayton Catholic high schools, including Carroll High School, to begin drug testing all students. LAUREN CLARK/STAFF
The schools each cited the opiate epidemic in the country, as well as the Miami Valley in particular, as one reason for heightened concern.
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“You can’t open the Dayton Daily News or turn on Channel 7 and not hear, unfortunately, really unfortunate stories about people who are overdosing on these very lethal drugs,” said Principal Matt Sableski of Carroll High School.
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Chaminade Julienne Principal John Marshall told this news organization he hopes the extra year will give the school ample time to address any concerns parents may have during the transitional stage.
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Carroll and CJ are the first in the Miami Valley to require drug testing of all students, but they follow the direction of a handful of other private high schools in the state. As the law currently stands, public schools can only require testing of students involved in extra-curricular activities.
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