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Perry Tech to implement random drug testing for everyone on campus

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Yakima, WASH-- Perry Technical Institute in Yakima has a new drug policy that is causing a stir.  Tuesday Perry Tech students were handed the school's new drug policy that cracks down hard on the use of illegal substances.  It basically makes random drug testing mandatory. 

The school has always been anti-drugs.  But under their old policy people were only tested if they were suspected of using illegal substances.   Today everyone on campus had to consent to random testing once a month.    The reason?  The school's president says its simple.  Random drug testing and/or pre-employment drug screenings are becoming more and more commonplace in the work force. Perry Tech is a career college and they want their graduates to be prepared.

"Most of our programs work with equipment that can be very dangerous. And if someone is under the influence we certainly don't want them to have an accident here or when they go out in industry", explains Perry Tech President Christine Cote.

The testing will be done on campus, and at this time there's no additional cost to students.  KNDO has heard from people who are both for and against the new policy.  But like it or not, it goes into effect September 1.  That's eight weeks for people to clean up their acts.