Cosap gets parents’ nod to do random drug tests

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Sunday, August 31, 2014


THE Cebu City Office for Substance Abuse Prevention (Cosap) consulted the parents and guardians of the students from secondary schools in the City and agreed to submit their children to a random drug test.

This, as Cosap named Barangay Banilad as the ninth drug-free workplace after no one tested positive of illegal drug use during a surprise drug test last week.

Cosap Chief Alice Utlang said parents were made to understand the purpose of the drug test during the consultative meeting.

“This is just a preparatory stage before we give the random testing,” Utlang told Sun.Star Cebu.

Schools

Cosap held the consultative meeting in five public high schools, including Abellana National School, Pasil National High School, Regino Mercado Memorial National High School and Don Carlos A. Gothong National High School.

During the meeting, Utlang explained that parents were asked if they would allow Cosap to administer the test to their children.

“They all raised their hands that signified that they have agreed to the plan,” she
said.

The plan already got a go-signal from the Department of Education (DepEd) Cebu City.

Cosap also discussed the role of the parents if their child was found to have been using the illegal drugs while the guidance counselors of the schools were briefed on what to do during the intervention stage.

Required

Under Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act, Utlang said secondary and tertiary schools were required to undergo random drug test.

If the school has no capacity to administer it, the local government unit (LGU) where the school is under can help in partnership with Department of Heath (DOH).

“We are trying to explain to the parents that the earlier detection of their children who were using any kind of illegal drugs is better because we can still intervene,” Utlang pointed out.

After the series of consultative meetings, Cosap will ask all the public high schools to submit their students to the testing.

Based on the computation, Utlang said Cosap will get 10 percent of the total number of students from first year to four year that will be made to undergo the random testing.

Meanwhile, 75 officials and workers of barangay Banilad have tested negative for the use of illegal drugs during the conduct of surprise drug test last Friday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 01, 2014.

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