Drug Testing in Utah Schools
More and more Utah school districts are making the decision to enforce random drug testing. Students who participate in sports and other extracurricular activities are subject to drug testing in Weber, Ogden, Cache, Box Elder, Rich, Murray and Uintah districts. The Duchesne School District is considering taking up drug testing as well. "We want students, if they’re participating in an athletic event or whatever it is, we want them to be safe. If they’re under the influence, they’re not safe to themselves or others," said Bruce Guymon, Duchesne’s director of student services. "We like to hold our student-athletes and other participants in extracurricular activities to a higher standard because they represent their school district and their school." Although the amount of school districts that are drug testing is small, it is growing rapidly. However, some schools aren't drug testing simply because of the cost. Each drug tests costs around $25. But some school districts, such as Murray, also test for steroids. These tests cost around $100 each. This rounds out to be around $6,000 a year. At Box Elder High School, students pay an annual fee to cover the cost of drug tests. Fifteen students a week are chosen at random to be drug tested. However, very few students test positive.