Positive drug tests down at Mississippi high school

Positive drug tests down at Mississippi high school

(WMC-TV) – Drug test results are in for students of one North Mississippi high school -- and school officials are pleased.

At Oxford High, students are randomly tested, but according to the drug coordinator, there are fewer positive tests.

Students who play sports or compete against other schools in clubs like band or the debate team are randomly drug tested.

Athletic Director Johnny Hill recommended a program after seeing some talented students and players making bad choices.

"I talked to them, but I couldn't convince them that was not the right road to go down," said Hill.

With testing at random, Hill says it gives teenagers a reason to say 'No'. And numbers suggest it may be working.

"In 2010-2011 school year we had nine test positive and that's the most we've ever had. Last year, the 2011-2012 school year we had seven kids," explained Hill.

It is not just members of clubs and teams that are tested, every student that drives on campus can also be picked at random.

After a positive test, there is required counseling, which is paid for by the district. Hill says he does not share test results with anyone but the student and their parents.

"Last month we had 30 to test and all of them tested negative. Hopefully we'll go through this school year and none of them will test positive," said Hill.

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