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Random drug test in Region 1 set in July

By Jennilyne C. Role

San Fernando City, La Union (10 February) -- The Department of Education (DepEd) has tentatively set the random drug testing in all secondary schools, both private and public, in the region in July to adhere to the national campaign against the use of dangerous drugs among the youth.

In a phone interview with Dr. Maribel B. Aromin, Medical Officer V and Chief of the Health and Nutrition Unit of DepEd Region 1, she emphasized that this endeavor is a good strategy to warn the youth, even adults, as to the harmful effects of the use of dangerous drugs on their physical and mental well-being.

"It serves as a warning or food for thought to initiate moves to fight the use of dangerous drugs among the youth,"Aromin added.

"In the region, around 10-20 teams will be roaming around the 680 schools, with a total of 6,800 students. From this, random selection of 10 students per school will be conducted to undergo the said drug testing," Aromin clarified.

Aromin also said that the team will be coming from the national level with two (2) DepEd (male and female) nurses as counterpart in the region.

"Results of the tests will strictly be held confidential and those found to be positive will be undergoing confirmatory test and once confirmed, the victim will be undergoing various treatment/healing such as counseling and onset observation for a period of 3 months," Aromin explained.

At present, DepEd Region 1 is conducting massive advocacy campaign about this endeavor, particularly informing the principals, administrators and teachers of the different schools in the region about the rationale, the scheme and responsibility of every individual involved in the program.

Orientation activities were scheduled in Ilocos Norte this week, and the rest of the provinces follows until April, this year.

This move shows that government is sincere in its goal towards providing better future for the youth who are the hope of the Fatherland. (PIA Regional Office I) [top]

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