Athens schools launching saliva-based drug tests

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — School leaders in Athens say the district will begin using saliva samples in their revived random student drug testing program.

Director of student services Terry Roller tells the Decatur Daily ( ) the saliva tests are quick, easy and painless — and are less likely to embarrass students who are unable to urinate when they're asked to take the test. Officials say the drug testing program will cover student athletes between grades seven and 12, and is expected to begin in October.

Alisa Nelson of the Family Life Center says the test includes a swab placed under the tongue that is sealed in a fluid for observation. Nelson says the tests are 99 percent accurate and are likely to detect drug use up to 12 hours after exposure.


Information from: The Decatur Daily,

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