I have often been told by one of my mentors, regarding achieving different outcomes to old problems or situations, that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.
I became very concerned after the work session on random drug testing in Norwalk Local Schools that took place April 4. Some of the committee members are not completely sold on the program, and they are entitled to their opinion. My main concern, however, is that no new ideas or strategies were presented.
The only strategy presented was a drug education program. I am all for a drug education program, but this has been tried repeatedly since 1995 without success. If the solution was strictly drug education, the situation would be under control at this point, being that we have had more than a decade to perfect it.
The facts are clear, we need to implement another program in addition to our current drug education program.
Alcohol is one of the most used drugs by teenagers. During random drug testing discussions in 2000, it was stated by a board member that when alcohol could be tested for more than 24 hours that he would be in favor of the program. I find it reprehensible that this individual does not seem to be willing to follow through with his previous declaration despite the fact that alcohol can now be tested for up to 80 hours.
Whether we want to admit it or not, a drug and alcohol crisis exists. Prior attempts to solve the problem have failed. Our children are crying out for our help. We must set aside adult agendas and prejudices and do what's right.