Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Do you agree that drug testing should be done as a requirement for admission to schools? Why and why not?"

I am a graduating student of a well known school in Pampanga after which, will be pursuing my studies in medicine. I have been living in a clean environment having no records of any so called drugs that give impurities into my body and mind. What if suddenly I am approached to do drug testing, what would be the reason for me to agree or not to agree? Have they violated my rights as a student and my ego?

Serious issues come into question when someone is forced to give up urine samples. One of the main issues is the fact that most people won't be found containing drugs. While hundreds of students' rights were violated, excessive amounts of money will be spent. Is the government ready to compensate all the needs and expenses of all the schools in the Philippines? Money is a large reason to do away with drug testing, but more importantly is the intrusion on the rights of students. If there are no indications of a student doing drugs, then where do schools get probable cause to search students' inner possessions?
How then that we have always thought that the right against self incrimination and the right to privacy are our inviolable rights as citizens of this country?

With the status quo, I don’t agree with the drug testing as a requirement for admission to school. However, should be voluntary and with consent of the parents. We are all aware that the circulation of these prohibited drugs has now reached campuses, clubs, cities, and every corner of the streets but that should not be the case otherwise. This is a big issue that needs careful studies on how to prevent the widespread of these illegal substances and not just put on students wanting to fulfill their school life.

Our problem with deliberate reactions of this nature is that in the end, it achieves nothing – it will not prove to be preventive, deterrent, nor reductive. At the very least, what existing surveys would validate that students’ substance use has already surfaced as the number 1 concern, whilst the use of drugs can be prevented by catching the big fish -- the drug lords and the syndicates, not the innocent students.

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  1. Good argument Kretel!

    I could imagine you saying those words in your mild mannered tone while the audience gawks at your resort.

    I have just read Dia's post and if I may add, you make such a good team. A brick wall that will cause a stop to the opposing side's will to trample on you.

    Very organized approach and it highlights the root of all of the problems that are related to Drug abuse.

    Well done.


  2. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



  3. thank you for that overwhelming comment..
    I am really not into drug testing because I believe in what i've written..

  4. It's simple. If you agree to a drug test THEN YOU ARE CLEN AND YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE. If you say you don't want to be tested for drugs because your rights are being violated THEN YOU DON'T WANT TO BE TESTED BECAUSE YOU USE DRUGS. OWNED!!!!!!