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President's Drug Testing Czar in Pasco

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PASCO, Wash.- The President's top drug testing advisor made a trip through Pasco on Friday to talk about drug testing for high school students.

The program would affect all students who participate in extracurricular activities, including sports and people are already calling this an invasion of students' privacy.

Today in Pasco, parents and teachers got a chance to sit down with the President's top drug prevention advisor, Dr. Bertha Madras. Madras is pushing the new program as a needed step in today's teen culture.  

Under the proposal schools would decide whether they want to participate, and what they'll test for.  

Four state's have already adopted similar policies; Texas, Florida and New Jersey are already testing athletes in certain sports, and officials in Illinois just passed similar legislation.  

Madras says recent studies have shown student drug use falling when testing is in place.  

This policy wouldn't affect all students, just the one's involved in competitive activities and kids who's parents choose to enroll them in the program. Right now, it is only a proposal.

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