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June 25, 2012 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral
Shadyside is the latest school in the Ohio Valley to institute drug testing of its athletes. Cambridge, Martins Ferry, Barnesville and Buckeye Local have previously went that route. In all instances, the testing has proven a success. I noted when Martins Ferry initiated its program two years ago, that school after OVAC school would soon follow suit. Slowly, but surely, such is playing out. I look for that trend to continue while the pace also quickens. Drug testing makes sense. It is quick, not overly pricey and it can save a young boy's or girl's life. Schools do not start a drug-testing program for punitive purposes. Rather, it is vehicle to get troubled youths who are veering off course back onto the right track. Unchecked drug use, especially at such a tender age, can mushroom into major problems. Shadyside will commence its drug testing this August. It may not translate into any more wins on the playing field, but it may deliver some much-needed victories in the game of life.


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