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Random drug testing in schools fails screening criteria

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 11 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:641
  1. Woody Caan, professor of public health (
  1. Department of Public and Family Health, APU, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ

    EDITOR—Last month the prime minister, Tony Blair, lent his weight to random drug testing in schools in an interview for a downmarket newspaper.1 He proposed a national programme be implemented soon, adhering to unspecified central directives.

    The Department of Health has 19 criteria for introducing new screening programmes.2 At least 18 of these 19 criteria are not met for widespread, wide spectrum …

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