School drug testing: A critical review of the literature

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This paper explores the question of whether school drug testing is an effective solution to tackle adolescent substance abuse problems. Research studies in major academic databases and Internet websites are reviewed. Several observations are highlighted from the review: (1) there are few research studies in this area, particularly in different Chinese contexts; (2) the quality of the existing studies was generally low; and (3) research findings supporting the effectiveness of school drug testing were mixed. Methodological issues underlying quantitative and qualitative evaluation studies of the effectiveness of school drug testing are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-365
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2010


  • Abuse detection
  • Adolescent substance abuse
  • Adolescents
  • Drug testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Environmental Science
  • General Medicine


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