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NY Lawmaker Says Parents Should Be Required to Give Kids Drug Tests

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- One Long Island, New York lawmaker thinks it's a parent's responsibility to determine whether or not if their child is taking illegal drugs.

In fact, Republican Assemblyman Joseph Saladino says if a parent isn't interested enough to find out, their teenager shouldn't be allowed to attend high school.

To that end, Saladino has introduced a measure that would make it mandatory for parents to administer annual drug tests to their high school-aged youngsters.

Saladino says, "Ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades -- the parent has to sign a form that is handed into the school district that states they have conducted a drug test on their child, and that they have seen the result."

The outcome would remain private, meaning it would be up to parents to decide how to deal with a child if the results are positive for drugs.

If no signed form is turned in, Saladino says schools can keep a child from attending class.
Saladino was prompted to craft the bill following a rash of drug overdoses of teens on Long Island. Vic Ciappa, who lost his daughter to heroin, says he fully supports the plan.

Others, including civil libertarians and some parents, believe requiring parents to perform drug tests on their kids is a clear invasion of privacy -- especially if not doing so potentially hinders a student's education.

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