Justice and Public Safety Cabinet
Deputy drug czar addresses Student Drug Testing Summit
White House official encourages testing
FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Office of National Drug Control Policy Deputy Director, Mary Ann Solberg addressed participants earlier this week at the first-ever Kentucky Student Drug Testing Summit sponsored by the Office of Drug Control Policy and ONDCP.
“We have a problem with drugs and we need to deal with that problem in all of the ways that are available to us,” said Mary Ann Solberg. “Random drug testing in schools gives students the opportunity to say no to drugs and deter students from use.”
More than 200 principals, teachers, school system administrators and concerned parents attended the conference at The Brown Hotel in Louisville to gather information from speakers as well as from schools that have experienced a decline in drug use since implementing student drug testing programs.
“Kentucky educators have been asking for more information on student drug testing, the legal ramifications and the costs to provide testing,” said Teresa Barton, executive director of ODCP. “Kentucky has a problem with drug use in schools and we believe random drug testing in schools is one tool that can be used as a deterrent.”
The student drug testing summit provided speakers and panelists from across the country. David Evans, Executive Director of the Drug-Free Schools Coalition, is nationally known for his expertise in drug testing law. Sonja Hoppe, a Lab Administrator and Vice President of Southwestern Laboratories, is an expert witness that has testified on several occasions in drug and alcohol testing cases. Chris Steffner, Principal at Hackettstown High School in New Jersey, is a national speaker on student random drug testing.
On the local front, Tiffani Heiskell, senior at Nelson County High School; Beth Hicks, Student Assistant Counselor at Assumption High School; Tony Roth, Safe Schools Coordinator for the Fleming County School District; George Wilson, Superintendent for the Monroe County Schools; John Riehemann, Principal at Lloyd Memorial High School; Charles Temple, Jessamine County District Athletic Director and Mary Moore, parent of two children who attend Nelson County High School participated on a morning panel discussion about their experiences with student drug testing in the schools.