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Mingo County board OKs student drug testing, hopes early intervention will reduce abuse
Reported by: Associated Press
Sunday, October 6, 2013 11:31 AM EDT
Some public school students in Mingo County will be randomly tested for drugs and alcohol.
Schools Superintendent Randy Keathley tells the Charleston Gazette that school officials hope early intervention will prevent students from becoming substance abusers as adults.
The policy applies only to high school students this year. Director of student services Dreama Dempsey tells the newspaper that the testing will be expanded to seventh-graders and eighth-graders next school year.
Several other school systems also drug test students, including Cabell, Putnam and Logan counties.
Information from: The Charleston Gazette, http://www.wvgazette.com