Oregon Schools to Begin Drug Testing Program This Summer

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Oregon middle and high school athletes will be tested for drugs this summer.

Tuesday night, the Oregon School Board unanimously approved drug testing for extra-curricular activities.

Beginning July 1, about 400 athletes will take a urine test and a physical to be eligible to practice for fall sports. In the first summer of testing, students will be in charge of paying the $40 to take the drug test.

Those not involved in sports will also be subjected to random drug testing throughout the school year. The target for testing during the next school year is 10 percent of the student body, or between 10 and 20 students a night.

"Education, I guarantee you, is a huge piece of the puzzle. You just don't make a policy, then move on. This will be revisited often, we are quite sure of that. It's not going to be easy but we think it's well worth it," Oregon School Board president Tom Peters said.

For now, Oregon schools drug tests will be conducted at KSB Hospital in Dixon.