School drug policy approved by board

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By Damon Lawrence

A revised policy on drug testing for student athletes was approved on second reading at Tuesday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.
The revision removes the opt-out clause and subjects all student athletes to random drug testing during a sport season.
“Does this policy have in it where we test all kids before each season?” Mike “Brillo” Miller asked.
“No,” Wade McCullough responded. “This is still providing only random testing.”
Miller and Danny Wright were the only two board members to vote against the revised policy on first and second reading.
The revised policy also includes a new provision that limits student athletes to two random tests per season if the results are negative.
Testing will be performed by an independent laboratory for amphetamines, benzoylecgoine, opiates, phencyclidine, cocaine and marijuana, although “other drugs may be screened at the request of the system.”